- Writing has always been part of my life. As a a teenager I wrote stories for my friends, studying for an arts degree In English I wrote essays and as a teacher I wrote essays for professional journals. To write and publish books came late in my life. When my husband was diagnosed with terminal cancer, I chose to be his carer for sixteen months. After his death, I met many people in my travels who were facing death in some form. I realised that when I shared the experience of my husband’s death, this gave the listeners comfort. This led to my writing my first book about facing death, grieving and moving on which in my case meant going to live in South America on my own.
- I was used to journal writing for most of my life. When I started writing my first book, I had a goal to finish it. One morning I started writing at 5.30 am and stopped at 10.00 am. From then I repeated the pattern for eight weeks, five days a week. Then came the editing and proofreading.
- My first book was “From Cornwall to the AndesOne Woman’s Journey from Griefto Self Fulfilment”published August 2014
My second book was “South America A New Rhythm to Life” published May 2015
- I started writing with the specific aim of sharing a personal experience and inspiring the reader - there is hope after the death of your beloved one. In my case “moving on” involved physical change because I settled in Quito, South America, on my own.
- Both my books are non fiction, specifically memoirs. Now I am writing a novel which is a very challenging writing experience after non fiction.
- Apart from the great literature I studied and taught, I have always been an avid reader. I believe that reading is the foundation for writing. However, writing has greatly changed in the last fifty years, and I have never limited myself to the influence of one author.
- My writing style is contemporary. I have always been interested in “what makes people tick?”. I have studied the various psychological models so my writing is people oriented. As I have lived in seven of the fifty one countries I have visited, living in a foreign culture is often a component of my writing.
- I don’t agree that the public regard self publishing as vanity. For the last three years, writers have participated in the process of self publishing to such an extent that it has become the norm. It is here to stay. I have found no prejudice against my books beingself published.
- Writing has always been important me as a means of self expression. I wrote journals for over twenty years. I wrote reports or articles for an equal period of time. I feel equally comfortable in verbal and visual(painting) forms of expression. Now I am reaching out to the realms of creative writing through fiction. I also find myself writing more articles about writing
- I remember my own struggle to accept ebooks. I love the smell and feel of paper books. Because of my moves, I had to sift through the books I would keep every time I moved from one continent to another. When I travelled luggage restrictions limited the number of books I could take with me especially to a non English speaking country. Now I read ebooks all the time. I think other people have similar experiences.
- I am currently writing a novel. I was aware that fiction writing techniques have changed greatly in the last fifty years. “Show the story” rather than “tell the story” have become the norm. Dialogue is used to spice up the prose, and never reflects the spoken word. The writer has to address the structure in the story in specific ways. So I wrote 35000 words of my novel and hired a professional editor that specialises in structure to critique it ruthlessly. This was an immensely useful exercise, even though it meant rewriting some of the text.
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Barbara M Webb graduated in English at Queensland University, St Lucia. She has lived in 7 of the 52 countries she has visited. and now lives in Cornwall in the UK.