A very long time ago when I was in high school I had to submit an essay on the Theory of Phlogiston.
On the day my teacher decided to illuminate our young minds on that particular subject, I’d probably skipped school, because my eyes glazed over and my brain went “Oops” as I stared at the blank piece of paper.
I had a life-changing decision before me. I could either sit for hours in a very uncomfortable hardwood chair and do nothing, or I could emulate the writers I’d recently discovered in the very limited Science Fiction section of the school library.
I handed in my essay and caught a glimpse of my teacher’s face. She turned rather pale. I exited the room before her ability to speak returned. Once out in the hall, I heard a bark of what I hoped was laughter, but feared it to be an incipient heart attack.
I received my essay back the next day. Across the top I read, ‘Don’t ever do this again.’ Across the middle, ‘Well done.’ And in the bottom left-hand corner, scrawled in big red letters, the letter ‘A’!
That was the moment my career as a writer of Science Fiction and Fantasy began.
I was born in England, grew up in Australia, moved to Canada in 2004 and married the love of my life. I left school when I was fourteen and thereafter continued my education via libraries, books, and whatever Life decided to throw my way.
I’m a lesbian, a writer, of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Fiction.
I’ve tried, and succeeded, (and failed) at many things in my time on this little planet we call Earth, and I’m sure that before I leave this mortal coil I shall joust with many others.
I’ve ridden a bicycle down a hill so steep that all I could do was to hold on and scream with sheer exhilaration. (and terror) I’ve sweated under a burning sun to plant seedlings in dusty fields. I have a long-standing relationship with sewing machines, starting with an old Singer treadle machine when I was barely tall enough to reach the pedal. Once upon a time I went to university to study Architecture … it didn’t take. I had a dream of athletic superstardom, but a motorcycle accident stopped that rather abruptly.
Above all, writing is my passion and my profession, novels specifically, short stories occasionally, and always with lesbian characters.
I adopted ‘Widdershins’ as a username in the early days of the interwebz, and it stuck … because I am, if nothing else, contrariwise.
I wrote a book that got caught up in a traditionally published nightmare so I retired it. I wrote another book that I self-published in January of 2019. It’s an autobiographical, Shaman-y ‘how-to’, (and how-not-to) called Prelude.
I had a blast writing it, and thence learning the intricacies of formatting a manuscript for publication. Then I published it myself. There’s no real trick to self-publishing, but you do need to invest your time. (although, a wide streak of stubbornness does help) The only thing I would suggest you do spend any money on, if you have some to spare, is your cover art. (unless you’re on very intimate terms with image editing software)
Fast forward to 2021 – I published another book – The Last Dragon In London
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