My debut novel ‘Lighter Than Air’ was published in 2008 by Vanguard press. This was part historical fiction centred on the story of the Hindenburg airship. I had carried out a huge amount of research on airship history for this novel. This led me to produce a talk and power-point presentation on a History of Airships, answering some of the many questions about airship history and technology prompted by readers of my novel. I took this presentation all over the southeast of England to social and retirement groups and raised funds for the Moorfield Eye Charity.
Active participation in the local community is something I am passionate about. I lead a writing group for women in my local area called ‘Medway Mermaids’ and we help many ordinary women to take their first steps into creative writing. For some it is a step towards becoming published, for others it is a therapy, helping them to work through personal issues and improve their mental health. I also belong to another writing group for men and women which serves people in the Medway and Maidstone areas.
To make some of my work available to the local community and to raise funds for charity I have since self-published an anthology of short stories titled ‘Bedtime Stories for Grown Ups’. I have also self-published a crime story written by my late father R H Taylor. Dad was a Royal Marine during the Second World War and up to 1950. The story called ‘Murder at Chatham Grande’ is set in and around the old Royal Marine barracks at Chatham which closed in 1950. I still had his hand-typed manuscript and was thrilled to be able to edit and publish his story using today’s self-publishing technology.
I also write and enjoy poetry which I use to inspire original thought and enhance language for my fiction.
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