There are loads of people out there who call themselves authors or writers. I suppose I fall under both categories. I am now published and I write – but my passion is blogging.
In the beginning
As a primary school kid I would spend hours making my own newspaper. I liked the idea of different columns each containing a separate topic. At nine years old I won a children’s poetry competition run by Papermate. Here is the first verse.
Autumn has come
Crisp golden leaves fall of trees
Spiders webs are covered with tiny shimmering beads of dew
The days are getting shorter, the nights longer and the air fresher.
It feels as if the world was made yesterday.
I can’t remember the rest but I do recall that the prize was a wonderful pen. Which I managed to keep for many years.
Initially, at secondary school I enjoyed English, particularly creative writing. I received 11 out of 10 for a story I wrote about a girl who transfigured into a fox only to be chased by a hunt.
I loved story writing.
Then everything changed. Stringing words together to create a picture ceased to be fun because I now had to be careful with spelling. Up until then bad spelling was not marked down but of course things like that do matter and I was extremely weak in that area. I began to substitute words I wanted to use with words I could confidently spell. My marks plummeted.
Suddenly I hated writing.
I also used the incorrect phrase or word in a sentence. Similar to spoonerisms and malapropisms. This happens when I speak and write. So it soon became clear, even though my IQ was measured in the top 5%, that I suffered with some kind of problem. I had dyslexia (not diagnosed until much later) – of course only inflicted with some of the varied traits and thus the answer to this question…
“May , what do you want to do when you grow up?”
Changed from writer/journalist eventually into librarian.
Everyone told me working in a library would be boring but writing had been such a big part of who I was, even at a young age. It was like my core, my backbone. Writing completed me, so in my mind I thought I had to be around words or books in some way.
But I grew up. And what did I become? A computer analyst programmer. Funny old world.
When I was twelve I’d stopped writing stories and did not return to fiction until the end of 2018! At that time I signed up for the smut marathon and to my delight made it to the final. Of course nowadays I have a spell checker to keep me company. I may have given up writing seriously while at school but what I did continue to do for many years was keep a diary. I have tried to put some up on a blog but this is still work in progress.
Lexy – who I have a little bit of a girlie crush on – reads my blog and once asked me where I got my story inspiration from. The question stayed with me and became the reason behind the post – Bars Inspiration, behind the scenes.
Most days I am lucky to get the opportunity to walk in fields or woodlands and many of the things that inspire my ideas spark into life during these walks. For example, before I wrote Catch the Catcher I had been reading the novel Catcher in the Rye and was pondering over the plot whilst walking among the trees. The lad in the story needed some guidance and thus my own tale was born.
Sinners – a short series I returned to in collaboration with Cousin Pons – first came to life when I fondly reminisced about the retreats to the local priory with my Catholic youth club. On one occasion my best friend became enamoured with a trainee priest. Nothing went on in reality but I turned that around in my very smutty tale.
A story I wrote for the smut marathon also won a small writing competition. It is about stranger sex and was based on an old friend’s experience from many years ago.
I have fictionalised some real life sagas because sometimes I find it is easier to put across the sentiment by doing this. Particularly if I am included in the plot. With these stories it is clear where the ideas transpired.
I am a sex blogger but not really an erotic writer. Catch the Catcher doesn’t even have any sex whatsoever in the story-line and many of my tales have very few sexy scenes. You’ll find more of that in my true life posts.
Generally, I think my style of writing is an acquired taste or a Marmite type thing – you either like it or hate it. My feeling is that a few of the “erotic writers” in our community don’t get my style. But that is fine. It would not do for us all to like the same things.
And my blog is my space and I will write what and how I like – here.
People who inspire me
But one of the reasons I may not appeal to some is because I like to write in many voices. It is important to know your strengths and that is actually one of mine. Dialogue, strong characterisation and humour. Sixty nine steps is an example of this. And Catcher has a very strong individual voice too.
Of course I am inspired by those I read within the community. Cara always has very strong characters, often in a vivid yet dark setting and Cousin Pons understands how to incorporate humour and still create a sensual plot. Neither overwrite to achieve the end result. I know I learn from these guys each time I read their work.
With regards to non-fiction my date-night stories get widely read. This is probably because they are true and I think that factor comes across. Inspiration wise, in my opinion Eye continues to set the bench mark with thoughts and musings about her life.
The inspiration when writing my more opinionated blog posts comes from life, concerns and the world as it trespasses into my atmosphere. The main bloggers that inspire me in this area are Floss for her honesty, Molly for maintaining excellent and varied content for such a long time and Mrs Fever for her pure creativity.
Core ~ It’s May More!
In a nut shell my blog allows me to be May More. And she is at the core of who I am.