What’s my story…?
A philosophy of curiosity has seen me crafting stories for over twenty years, and interogating (!) others to shape and tell their own. As a freelance journalist, copywriter, ghostwriter, editor and now twice-published author, my relentlessly inquisitive nature and passion for learning has seen me transforming hidden stories into the written word.
Perhaps in a past life I lived in ancient Egypt. Just like cats (which I adore), scribes were held in royal esteem. Because literary ability was rare and treasured, they played a unique role as the transmitters of stories over time.
Copywriters, journalists, authors and ghostwriters are perhaps modern-day scribes: translating and transcribing stories for people who don’t have the means or the ability so their stories can reach out across the doorways of time and space.
With the internet, the value of story is accelerated and amplified: Is there anything more sci-fi than reading something on a printed document and finding the source (or author) online, moments later?
This is the power of story.
Growing up, I never had any stories about my dad, who died when I was very young. Dad was from a different generation and by the time I was articulate enough to even ask about him, most of the people and players from his generation were gone, too. His stories were irreplaceable, and seemingly unobtainable.
Until A Letter From Paris arrived. Writing my second memoir was both a gruelling task and a labour of love, but what pushed me forward was this understanding of how everlasting the legacy of the written word. When I came across his lost memoir hidden in a vault later that year, it was like he’d been returned to me.
I finally had his stories.
Stories have the power to bring us back to life, to reunite us with our loved ones, to connect us across time and to people around the globe.
Nothing is more precious than your story – and nothing can replace it.
We don’t see things as they are,
we see them as we are... Anais Nin