About

This blog began in September 2011 when I hit 35, decided it was a Big Birthday (halfway to  70!) and that I needed to Be A Writer. My original “About Me” is preserved below…

I am now writing this in June 2012. To “Be A Writer” is a moving target, but in so far as it’s possible to achieve that aim, I have done so! The writing income is supplemented with editing, and occasional Bikeability (Cycle Training) work. Still, I really am living my dream!

This blog updates on Fridays.

But the rest of the time I shall be blogging about writing, history and publishing at Top Hat Books. The website is here, and the blog is here. Top Hat Books is an imprint of John Hunt Publishing and we’re actively looking for new writers of historical fiction.

Thanks for visiting!

Old About Me:

“Writing is an Art; Publishing is a Business”

I wrote a lot during my college time, and for the five or so wilderness years that followed. I had short romantic fiction published in The People’s Friend. I won a short story competition in Women’s Own and the BBC Wildlife Young Nature Essay Writer of the Year. I had articles about quilts and slate mines in County Quest, about contemporary art in the Journal for Education in Art and Design, a letter about stealing post in Saga Magazine, and more book reviews than I can remember.

Success loomed so I ran away and became a teacher.

Now, ten years later, I am teaching part time in a male prison. I’ve travelled. I’ve lived in my own car. I’ve shimmied up – and leapt off – the corporate ladder. I’ve even run a shop, and instigated a small urban renewal project. For the past few years I’ve also been a freelance editor at a female-run company which publishes erotic ebooks. And I’ve been looking back over my previous work with that feeling of embarrassment familiar to anyone who’s read their old diaries.

I’m returning to writing and I find it much easier now I’ve got my head out of my own arse.

  1. #1 by ldsrr91 on November 23, 2011 - 2:29 pm

    Hey, noticed you stopped by, I was over here this morning I believe. Copped me a subscription and will check you out from time to time.

    DS

  2. #2 by kara on November 23, 2011 - 9:47 am

    I hope one day that feeling of embarrassment would turn into inspiration, if not compulsion. Life goes on :)

    • #3 by autumnbarlow on November 23, 2011 - 9:51 am

      Thanks Kara! All emotions are useful inspiration. Just some emotions are more fun than others…!

  3. #4 by Joy on October 9, 2011 - 2:42 pm

    Me too, life in general is much easier when removal of head from arse is finished. Ha!

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