About Me.

20120402-003535.jpg I have always had a very vivid imagination and I’ve been scribbling stories, verses poems and letters since childhood. Usually it was for my own amusement because, as a rather solitary child I preferred living in my own world of make believe to playing out with my friends.
Indeed there were times when my parents had to almost force me into the garden to play with my younger sister. I was happiest reading my books indoors, and if I did play in the garden I preferred to do so alone. My playmates of choice were the frogs and toads which abounded in that huge Victorian back garden, and my greatest thrill was watching the huge sycamore trees bending and swaying on a windy day. Or I would sit on my swing at the furthest end of the garden and ponder on subjects such as religion, Jesus, the universe and time. Things most of my peers didn’t care two hoots about.

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So yes, I’ve always loved reading and writing and making up stories. And as writing is, on the whole a solitary pastime it suits my less than gregarious nature. And as I live on my own, (with a demanding cat, Oscar) it’s ideal. I can clatter away on my laptop or iPad with no one to disturb my thoughts and my creativity when my Muse comes a-calling.

But until April 2011 I have always felt that there was something missing in my life. Something I yearned for but I could never say what that something was. A missing piece of the jigsaw of my life if you will.
These thoughts, this yearning only happened when I was suffering from one of the frequent bouts of depression which have plagued me for many years. And it was only when I decided to write a gay historical story, that I realised what the missing piece was. I had discovered M/M romance and I was completely hooked.

In June that year, after searching the web for relevant sites, I discovered one which was to have a huge impact on my writing and my life in general. Speak It’s Name A site which reviews Gay Historical novels, novellas and stories and which is run by the author, Erastes ( Junction X, Standish, Muffled Drum) and I learned much and more besides about the genre. And received a great deal of help and advice from other authors of the genre.

Then, in September 2011 I started this blog.

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20 thoughts on “About Me.

  1. Karen H.

    Hi Jessie, I was a lot like you as a child. A loner, introverted, was more comfortable alone or with one other person, and I would have rather stayed inside and read a book any day of the week! I’m still like that, I love to read! I love your writing style and your open, honest sharing of your thoughts. Thanks for reading/commenting on my blog(s) and I look forward to reading yours! :)

  2. bubblegumandpink

    Hi Jessie!
    You sound like a very interesting character and I am looking forward to have a look around your blog, I am sorry you suffered depression :( but I am so glad you found something to get you through it! <3

  3. Jennifer

    Hi, just stopping by because I want to send you something about what you asked about in the forums privately by email, now that you have my email address. :) feel free to delete this

  4. beetleypete

    Hello, thanks for the comment on my post. I have signed your petition against the death penalty for gays in Uganda. Good work with your blog, keep it going. Pete, Norfolk.

  5. The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

    Harry sent me. Glad to find you. I just posted on another blogsite thinking it was yours that I would love to get my book, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, to you. The whole premise centers around the imprisonment of Oscar Wilde’s imprisonment and the impact it has on a lesbian couple. I’ll give you some links for you to have a look at to see if it interests you for a read. If not, no problem and I’m delighted to connect with you/your site. Paulette
    http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/sep/08/ojai-authors-historical-novel-teaches-tolerance/
    https://www.facebook.com/ThePersecutionOfMildredDunlap
    http://thepersecutionofmildreddunlap.wordpress.com/
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    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=the+persecution+of+mildred+dunlap

  6. The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

    I’ve been irate all day over the Uganda thing and then saw the photo of Oscar Wilde and got side tracked. You’ll see why when you check the links. But wanted to let you know I just tweeted from your page on Uganda and am spitting fire!!

  7. Martyn

    Thank you for commenting on my Ancient Egypt blog. I’m glad you like the theme. Simplicity is sometimes the best way.

  8. Derick

    Hi Jessie, I have a quick question about your blog. Could you please email me when you get a chance? Thanks!!

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