There's no doubt in my mind that Josephine Cox is an incredible woman. You only have to read the short bio at the front of her books to realise this. She truly is an inspiration for all budding writers and proves that hard work can get you to where you want to be as long as you remain passionate and dedicated.
I've just finished Angels Cry Sometimes which is set between the World Wars in Lancashire amidst a close knit Cotton Mill community. I do struggle when writers use dialect in dialogue, but after a while I got used to it and began to genuinely appreciate how the dialect for certain characters enhanced their personalities and brought them alive on the page. This is something the author excels in. She also draws on her own background and life experience so the characters and what they are feeling, suffering and being subjected to is all very real and believable. The story centres around a beautiful girl Marcia who is forced to marry a man she doesn't love, so that her young daughters have a name, when she finds out her husband, Curt, is still married to another woman. She never falls out of love with Curt all the time she's married to Barty, but the story focuses on the consequences of making your bed and laying in it and all the turmoil that can bring. Cox's Marcia has fighting spirit and a need to keep the peace despite her raging inner turmoil. She also dreams a lot to break through her obvious emotional torment. There are twists and turns, blissfully happy moments and desperately sad moments - all that you expect from a wonderful storyteller.
Blogging is an amazing concept so here I am giving it a whirl. You'll get words. You'll get pics. Sometimes a vid or two. You'll get tongue in cheek, the odd humble opinion and an honest insight into my travels and writing life. Maybe even a few gems along the way. I'll be musing on home turf as I see more and more of the UK and sharing my experiences further afield on holidays and adventurous trips across the globe.