It’s time for another Ten Things list here on The Write Stuff, this time featuring author Janet Gogerty. I know you’ll enjoy learning more about some of the fun and interesting things Janet has done, so I’ll turn it over to her! Take it away, Janet!
Ten Things You May Not Know About Me
by Janet Gogerty
- I once worked on a chicken farm; it was up the road in our new Australian suburb and the cockerels used to wake us up. It was my school holiday job when I was fifteen, they paid me $13 out of the petty cash and on the first day the supervisor asked me to clean the toilet! I didn’t actually get to see any chickens, we sorted out the eggs.
- I had over forty white mice by the time I was elven.
- Family legend has it that HG Wells was a cousin of a great grandfather.
- Continuing the egg theme, I once worked on the easter egg run at a run down sweet factory – this time I was 21 and on my ‘working holiday’ – see further down.
- I do not have a clue what I am doing on the internet; anything you see from me is there more by luck than judgement.
- I am on the longest working holiday ever, it started on Christmas morning 1973 when I arrived back in England from Australia with a ticket to return in six months…
- I went to school in a manor house – mid way through my time at St. Peter’s junior school we moved from the Victorian school building into the manor house opposite St. Peter’s church.
- I had my first camera when I was eight.
- I got my first Lego set this year.
- I got my first Beatles record in CD form.
Author Janet Gogerty
I have been writing furiously since I joined a tutored writing group fourteen years ago. I am an Indie Author, self publishing on Amazon Kindle and was delighted when publishing paperbacks on Amazon also became possible; at last my mother was able to hold my books and read them ‘properly’ and I had handy Christmas and birthday presents.
For nearly seventeen years I have lived on the south coast of England, before that we lived and brought up the children in a series of homes very near Heathrow Airport, where my late husband worked for thirty years. My teenage years were spent in Perth, Western Australia, our Ten Pound Pommie experiences inspired my novel Quarter Acre Block. I have had all sorts of jobs which provide great material for writing.
As a reader, Kindle really expanded my horizons, with instant access to Indie Authors and other writers all around the world.
I don’t conform to a genre, but one of my favourite themes is ordinary folk facing extraordinary events. I have published five novels and four collections of short fiction. At my website Tidalscribe.com you can read my regular blogs about anything and everything; I also post flash fiction and you can read about my books and visit my photo gallery, where I indulge my love of point and shoot phone photography.
Life has been bizarre and difficult for many of us in the past year or more and for the first time in ages I haven’t got a novel in progress, but I have written a lot of short fiction for my blog, often the humorous side of people coping with lockdown and all the other Covid changes. Some of my characters ended up becoming regulars; perhaps they might end up in a novel, but will any of us want to read about Covid life by the time it is published?
Writing was a great distraction during all our various lockdowns and my other main interests, blogging, Zoom quizzes, gardening, walking and my beach hut also kept me sane.
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