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How I fell in love with writing as the bombs were falling

Writing has been my passion ever since,  as a kid of 7, I found joy and comfort writing my first story in an old scrapbook as bombs were falling all around the apartment block in London where my mom and I lived in the early days of World War II.

It was 1940, and my Dad, a reporter, was sent to India and Burma as a war correspondent. He used to joke that he went with the troops on their landings against the Japanese but while they had guns he only had a typewriter.

A bit later on I was evacuated to live with an aunt in Devon. But before I was evacuated, in the midst of the smoke and fire and air raid sirens I fell totally in love with this magical world of writing as I started to write an enthralling tale of three youngsters on a journey of exploration up an unknown river.

No one told me I might enjoy writing a story. It simply happened.

I’m now a writing consultant

As I say, this love of writing has persisted throughout my life. I’m 79 now, and I’ve been a reporter, a weekly newspaper editor, editor of an international newsletter, published author of six books (my last book, a fable of a brave young raven of remarkable integrity, was translated into 11 foreign languages) and now for two years a blogger.

But the other day my writing career took a new twist. It was pure magic. Pure synchronicity.

I had written a guest post on writing for my friend, Mary Jaksch, cofounder of the A-list Blogger Club, who has a blog named Write to Done.  (The post is entitled “Is it too late to start blogging?” and you can have a look at it right now if you want to by clicking on the above link).

Anyway, Mary suddenly suggested to me in an email, “Why don’t you offer your services as a writing consultant?” Gosh, I thought to myself. That’s a terrific idea. So I immediately wrote a page giving some details about my new consulting business — available to view by clicking the new  “consulting” button on the navigation bar of my blog.

Please note I offer a free one-hour consultation to anyone who would like to explore my new consulting service.

Terrific opportunity for Boomers starts July 16

“Skyrocket your blog subscriber count”

With Boomers turning 65 at the rate of some 10,000 every day, there’s a great need for new, creative, fulfilling opportunities through which they can express their ideas, knowledge, and enthusiasm for the greater good (and for their own good).

I truly believe that blogging is a perfect, inexpensive way for Boomers and people of any age to enrich their lives, find new friends and potentially create some nice additional income.

 With this in mind I truly recommend a new A-list Blogger Club Bootcamp starting July 16. It’s named “A-List Blogging Bootcamp: Skyrocket Your Subscriber Count

This is a perfect opportunity for anyone interested in starting a blog or who has already started a blog and wants to get off on the right foot. The boot camp runs July 16–August 6. Please click the above link for more details about this exceptional boot camp.

Goodbye, good luck — and most of all, good writing. As always, I’d love to hear from you if you have any thoughts on any of the above.

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