Who is Janet The Writer?

Janet the Writer is made up of many wonderful life experiences, a love of reading and an avid desire to bring joy into the world of others.

My journey has been a mixed bag of experiences, career paths, adventurers and travels.

 

Books saved me

I was born and was raised in Northern Ireland at the height of the “Troubles”.   It was not easy for me as a highly sensitive child to be under the constant fear of bombs and shootings.  I was fortunate to find solace and comfort in books.

Books were my way to escape from the, as it felt to me, cruelty of the real world.   I particularly adored that one book would take me on an adventure to Narnia – a strange and magical world filled with talking animals and the mystical Aslan; while another would have me experiencing life as a sleuth, side-by-side with Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple.

I was an avid reader and my mind was full of incredible stories – so much so that my imagination loved to invent its own stories too, in which I was the heroine and would slay some terrible fantasy monster to save the day.

 

Books for Learning

Books have always been important to me, even as an adult.   I have learnt so much from them.  

For example, I have learnt to communicate in several languages, which has aided me to connect with people in some of the countries where I lived and even I now where I currently reside in Switzerland.  

Additionally, books have taught me about how to transform my life using an array of alternative coaching methods.   I have enjoyed whipping up fabulous desserts and cakes from our ever-growing selection of cookery books.  I have laughed and cried at the ups and downs of life, felt the hopelessness and despair of failed romances, and even stood teetering, hand in hand with the main protagonist, on the edge of a giant abyss called “depression”.

 

Many Forms of Writing

Even when I look back over my “work life”, I realise how important the written word had been.

When I first starting working as a secretary/PA, typing up endless communications and reports, I realised how important the information being conveyed to the recipient could be.   As an IT Trainer, I supplemented my live training sessions with ‘easy-to-follow how-to manuals’, broken down into to step-by-step instructions on how to complete a task from start to finish.  

During my stint working as an Economic Research Assistant, I spent most of my time researching information and summarising the key points in a easy to read digest.  As a Project Manager, I would compile constant reports detailing statistical data on how the project was going.  

As well as on a personal basis over the years, writing endless letters and newsletter sharing with our family and friends back home, our exploits and adventures in foreign lands (this was the era before FaceTime/Skype and Emails, when you had to put pen to paper to stay in contact).

 

Words are Truly Powerful

WORDS really can convey an emotion, or conjure up an image of a fantasy creature, or share with you the sensual delights of an experience.

I have always dreamed of writing books, lots of them, and now is my time to step up, kick fear into touch, grab my pen and start allowing my stories to flow.

I invite you to get to know me better through my writing – and I am sure that some of you will relate to some of my stories and experiences.   Please don’t forget to let me know your feedback and comments – I’d love to hear from you.

 


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