The Song of Forgetfulness series began as a challenge from students that attended my creative writing class in the local High School. They wanted me to write a book about a female protagonist in a future world that addressed issues about global warming, disease and the threat of world-wide food shortage.
Oh, and they wanted her to eat, go to the toilet and even menstruate! I did quite a bit of research into the negative effects of human influence on the enviroment, diseases which can be transmitted to humans from animals, and lots of technical stuff about nano-fibres, cloning and 3D printing.
Then I decided to set it in Scotland and the narrative just took off. Lots of edits later, The Song of Forgetfulness was born.
It continues to grow and hopefully will become a success!
About the author:
I was born in Liverpool, England, the youngest of six and spent most of my childhood running through the garden; either being chased by or chasing my brothers, sisters, cats and dogs. I helped my dad grow vegetables and had a favourite pear tree that I would climb into whenever I felt sad. Oh, and sometimes I went to school.
There were always lots of books around the house and I read them all, even the ones that I was far too young to understand.
I loved to write as a child, but then I saw the late great Ken Campbell perform a one-man-show of 'A Canterbury Tales' and I was hooked on theatre.
So trained as a photojournalist!
Didn't like it at all. Loved the photography part, not so much the journalism.
I decided to go back to college.
After gaining a Drama and English Literature degree, I worked for many years as an actor/tutor/script writer and abandoned prose in favour of dialogue.
Then I moved to Suffolk where I live in a 17th-century oak-beamed cottage with my husband and a number of rescue/feral cats. The lovely countryside begged to be photographed and I lost the acting bug in favour of capturing the beauty of nature. Stories popped into my head, influenced by some of the images I took. I had to write them down, but I'd forgotten how to write prose!
So I went back to college.
After gaining a Creative Writing diploma I won The Suffolk Book League's Short Story Competition. It gave me the confidence to write more and try to create a novel. I continue to write and publish short stories and work on other writing projects.
As well as being an author, I am an editor, I teach photography and creative writing for both adults and young people, and I'm constantly exploring new ways to create photographic images and experiment with language.
I enjoy cooking and experimenting with ingredients, so long as they are fruit and vegetables and rice and grains. Yes! I am a vegetarian, but don't hold that against me.
Favourite authors include: Annie Proulx, Vladimir Nabokov, Flannery O'Connor, Ray Bradbury and Shakespeare.
My writing day begins about 3.00am when I wake up with a brilliant idea. My writing day ends about 3.02am when that idea vanishes with consciousness. But I do try to get in a couple of hours writing in the early afternoon before going to work.
The Song of Forgetfulness website is designed and maintained by Daphne deMuir for Swamp Kittens Cottage Industries Inc.