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Design, writing and photography are a major part of my life; from blogging about magazine self-publishing, behind-the-scenes as a magazine owner and Editor-in-chief, my love of , photography and doing up my French Grenier (loft house/barn conversion).

My passion is helping other people follow their dream of becoming an editor and self-publishing their own magazine. I enjoy teaching others the tips and ticks to fast-track their self-publishing journey, to avoid wasting time and money.

About Me

Being a self-confessed book and magazine hoarder, when back in the UK, you will no doubt find me at some point, getting my fix in either WH Smiths or Waterstones. If you love books and magazines as much I do, you’ll understand that wonderful feeling of losing yourself in the different covers and textures and especially enjoying that ‘new book’ smell.

In France, they do of course have similar shops but it is not quite the same experience … and they don’t have a Gregg’s Bakery nearby either, for a vegan sausage roll (they are soooo good).

My Family

I have two daughters, who are both mad about animals; one is a dog groomer here in France and my youngest is currently studying animal care. I also love animals (but not as a career) and have a ginger rescue cat called Puds, who sits like a dog for his treats.

My Hobbies

When I relocated my bookshelf recently, I realised, that apart from the odd novel, most of my books fall within the genre of ‘Self-Development’ and ‘Personal Productivity’. I also enjoy listening to podcasts on anything that furthers my learning and knowledge to better myself and my business.

In my spare time I write, upcycle furniture and French enamelware, play darts in a local league in France, enjoy walking and clay pigeon shooting (I used to shoot competitively).

 

My Learning and Dyslexia

I’m a compensated dyslexic, which basically means that as I wasn’t diagnosed until my late twenties. I unknowingly had found ways to overcome my weaknesses during school and my early career as a secretary. Why do I mention this? Well, I believe it has made me the person I am today and I’m proud of what I have achieved. Even though my spelling at school was awful (I had to go to ‘special classes’ during assembly), with hard work and determination, I qualified as a teacher and achieved a BA Hons Degree.

I love learning and have a vast collection of qualifications, certificates and awards. And of course, I just so happen to be an Editor-in-Chief for a magazine, as well as a writer and blogger. Which brings me to another point. There are quite a few artists out there who want to be published in my mag, and are also Dyslexic and they often express being embarrassed at their poor writing skills. But the magazine has a team of proof readers and editors who check the submitted articles and this puts people’s minds at ease.

I am a strong believer that Dyslexia should not hold people back from following their dreams, especially with today’s technology. You only have to look at the long list of entrepreneurs and celebrities that are also Dyslexic. It does not prevent them from being successful.

All of my blog posts, articles and website pages are checked before they go live. So, if you do find any errors … blame them! 🙂

I will follow up with my story in more detail on another post for those who may be interested and will post the link here when completed.

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Being a self-confessed book and magazine hoarder, when back in the UK, you will no doubt find me at some point, getting my fix in either WH Smiths or Waterstones. If you love books and magazines as much I do, you’ll understand that wonderful feeling of losing yourself in the different covers and textures and especially enjoying that ‘new book’ smell.

In France, they do of course have similar shops but it is not quite the same experience … and they don’t have a Gregg’s Bakery nearby either, for a vegan sausage roll (they are soooo good).

 

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