I have been writing for most of my life, but the truth is, I never imagined it could ever be a “proper” job. I always saw it as “the hobby”. I achieved a BA (Hons) in Business and then an MBA. I trained with an international consultancy before spending more than a decade working as a strategic marketing director for businesses in the UK and Europe.

I loved every minute of that life until two major incidents in 2007, made me reconsider my priorities. My mum died and a few months later, I had a baby.

I decided to spend more time at home with my family. I gave up the day job. We had just bought a windmill in dire need of renovation and I embarked on a challenging change of lifestyle.

Ironically, nappies, dealing with toddler and builder tantrums (which have more in common than you would think) don’t appear anywhere on the MBA syllabus! I struggled but I got through. The big bonus is that the whole experience propelled me so far out of my comfort zone, that I can’t even remember what it was like to have one!

Now, I can only see a new opportunity to do something I never had the confidence to do. To satisfy a huge part of me that I have treated as a hobby for most of my life. Writing. It makes my soul sing. I can only hope that one day soon, my writing can have the same effect on you.