Many years ago, I read a book called ‘Little Women’ by Louisa May Alcott. For anyone that has not read the book, one of the characters was a young girl called Jo March, whose nature was based largely on the author herself.
Jo was everything I admired in a person. She was courageous, bold, confident, adventurous and brave. She dared to dream and despite the many challenges she faced in the pursuit of her dream, she always found the grit and determination to carry on.
Filled with enthusiasm and dreams of my own, I started to write my first book when I was ten. I was home from school ill and my mum gave me a blue airmail pad of paper and a pen. I filled the pages with words, every one of them rubbish.
Four years later my mum gave me a book called ‘Forever Amber’ by Kathleen Winsor. There followed my passion for Historical Novels and another attempt at writing a book.
Again, it went in the bin, but my dreams didn’t follow the manuscript. They hung on like the claw of a hungry lion until eventually in February 2010, I found the ‘Jo March’ inside me.
It takes grit and determination to write a book and buckets of courage to publish it but if you have a dream, don’t bury it. Be bold, be brave, stick with it, work through the challenges and trials. Find that single minded determination and grit to live your dream.