I was inhibited as a writer from an early age, being informally mentored by J.R.R. Tolkien, who lived nextdoor to my grandparents. I sent him my puerile attempts at authorship, he wrote back so generously, with full critiques, which didn't pull their punches to a girl of ten-going-on-preening grown-up.
Fast forward through University (studying authors, not being one) and a fun career in book publishing, where I took out all my writing hang-ups on editing other writers, and telling them what to write (very passive-aggressive).
Leaving that role and going into education, I managed to shake off some of the shackles of my authorial insecurity, and published books for teachers and educationalists (on the able child, literacy and thinking skills, and other riveting topics). There was a bit of journalism, too.
But my real love was fiction, with the rich fantasy inheritance of J.R.R. still goading me on. Two and a bit novel manuscripts later, I was still no closer to fiction publication until on a writing holiday on the Greek island of Skyros, thanks to my writing tutor, the idea for 'On the Far Side' suddenly came to me. I won't say why or how. For that, you'll have to read it - and my blog, Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter and more ...