Find out who I am and why I have started this journey now.
My name is Ruth Tuffnell and I am a yet-to-be-published (and in fact, yet-to-write-the-novel), aspiring author. My journey to authorship is the focus of my website and I'd love for you to read along. If you too believe you have a novel in you and are contemplating making a start but don't know where to begin, then I hope I can help you put pen to paper and to make a plan to get you on your way.
I was born and bred in Shropshire (England) and despite moving away for university (Aberystwyth), I came back home via short stays in Lytham and Bracknell. I live in a rural village not far from the foothills of the Wrekin, and whilst I adore my home county, my second home is the gorgeous county of Cornwall, where one day I dream of retiring to a bookshop-come-tearoom overlooking the coast.
This is me! (I hate photos)
I currently work full-time in digital marketing, and am a full-time, single mum to my four children who, at the time of writing (July, 2020), range in age from 12 to almost 18. I also have a voluntary role at the local Cricket Club where my eldest daughter and I play. I'm not quite sure where I fit in the time to write as well!
As I've grown older, I've learned to embrace my mid-forties and have accepted the ups and downs of the rollercoaster journey of life. Life has dealt me some blows but I can see these challenges with more clarity now I am older and view who I am in a different light. Physically, I have let my natural grey hair come through, my body is beginning to fall apart at my slightly overstuffed seams, but I am proud to be the woman that life has shaped me into.
Why Writing? Why Now?
I've loved writing ever since I was a child. I used to spend hours crafting my own stories into little books as I was growing up, when I wrote about things that interested me. I loved reading and was always surrounded by bursting-at-the-seams bookshelves wherever I lived.
As a child I loved books like Malory Towers, The Magic Faraway Tree, and The Ten Tales of Shellover. As I progressed through the teenage years I was hooked on teenage romance, but also through GCSE and A-Level English Literature I fell in love with books such as The Catcher in the Rye, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, The Handmaid's Tale, To Kill a Mockingbird and many (many) others.
While I originally went to university to study Geography/Geology, I only managed a year before I basically dropped out and started again doing English. I found the first year heavy going with all the classics - Chaucer, Milton etc. - but I enjoyed the American classics I was reading in the American Literature modules I took as supplemental to English Literature. Therefore, in year two, I dropped the English modules and concentrated on American Literature which I really enjoyed.
I still always have a book on the go and despite years of reluctance saying that there was something special about the feel and smell of a physical book, I was the lucky recipient of my first ever iPad at Christmas (2019) and now I am an avid eReader! Nothing can replace the sensory pleasures of a physical book but I confess I am finding the electronic experience a lot less traumatic than I anticipated.
I've always felt I had a novel in me and have, more than once, made a start but never got all that far. I feel like now is the time to begin, and with my journal and my lovely readers keeping me on the straight and narrow, I am genuinely hoping that this is the time that I get my first manuscript written. Will you accompany me on the journey (and hold my hand!)?
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