Who were the women in Shakespeare’s life? His wife, Anne to whom he left his second-best bed? His daughter Susannah to whom he left everything else? His illiterate daughter Judith who got nothing? A mystery London lady-love? Perhaps.
One thing’s for sure. He must’ve had an Auntie. Someone who fussed over him, scrubbed his hose and darned his doublet. The Unknown Soldier of domesticity and duty.
A woman a bit like me … someone who has looked after others in work and play. Did she ever dream of writing a play, in-between pegging out the clothes and cooking the dinner?
Here is my work. Plays, books, musicals, poetry and art.
If it strikes a chord, get in touch.
Butterflies & Baked Beans
My first novel is for like-minded people my own age, facing the terrors and opportunities that come with being 60+.
Sookie, the heroine, is a little bit me and possibly a little bit you.
She skids into her sixties believing it’s going to be a doddle. After all, isn’t every turning point as much of an opportunity as a disaster?
She feels confident she can re-invent herself from company director to carer to land-lady, just as she adapted from daughter to wife to mother to widow and back to daughter.
How hard can it be? She plunges into stormy waters, through floods, hurricanes and the uncharted waters of internet dating. She can handle a randy lodger never mind a neurotic wolfhound called George. Her girlfriends, the Marigolds, say that her adventures are more entertaining than watching East Enders.
But like most optimists, Sookie only sees the hole in the doughnut after she’s fallen through it. A heart-warming tale of friendship, fun and magic – guaranteed to begin in delight and end in wisdom.
Butterflies and Baked Beans - available on Amazon.com
Honeybees and Heartburn - Sookie's next adventure which I hope to publish by Christmas 2022.
The story tackles internet dating, and what happens when you marry in haste … as well as finding and losing love in later life.
Sookie finds herself in the middle of more muddle than before - and there's already laughter and tears, and I'm only halfway through writing it!