A little blog post about my Top 3 most influential books during my pre teen / early teen years. I remember reading Judy Blume's Forever at the age of 11 in my last year at Junior school. This book was my introduction to sex. It was going to take me another 6 years before I had it all figured out. My first foray into the Classics came with Emma, but it was Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre that caught my attention. This is when I really began to appreciate the English language and its beauty. I always knew I wanted to write, yet I didn't realise words could depict feelings and emotions so exquisitely. Robert Swindell's Daz4Zoe captured my imagination at the age of 14. It's a story of young love and hope through trial, tribulation, prejudice and social divide. The last sentence of that book was the catalyst for much of what I wrote and school projects I worked on in my remaining years at Senior school.
As an aside, I'm listening to some great tunes today - Kelly Clarkson "Mr. Know It All", Florence + the Machine "Shake It Out", Delilah "Go", Lil Wayne "How To Love" and Beyonce "1+1".
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.