So I'm back today, but in light of the really cool blog on Mother's Day, rather than tell you about me, I thought I'd share two women who are a big part of my life.
My mother and my mother-in-law.
Both women have had a profound impact on me both as a mother and as an author.
My mother, Kathleen was born in England during the war. She lived on a farm with my grandparents in the Midlands with her siblings, where they raised animals and crops.
As a youngster she would regale me with stories of life on the farm and I always took it, that it was a hard but satisfying lifestyle. They didn't have a lot, but they made the most of what there was. She and my father migrated to Australia in the 1960's as £10 poms.
It was through my mother I learned a love of the written word. She was the one who always insisted on turn off the television and read a book. (I'm also fairly sure she regretted that on all those nights when they would turn my light off three and four times!!) The other funny thing is she loves Amish romance... (For an erotic romance author, I always find that to be somewhat disconcerting! I mean where did I get that interest in sexy stuff from??)
These days, she's retired to Tasmania to grow flowers and enjoy the cooler atmosphere with my father.
Now I'd like you to meet my mother-in-law, June. She has read every one of my books and is so
June was born in Queensland before the war, as we were coming out of the depression. The daughter of a Fettler (railway road worker) who died at a very young age. (The one surviving photo of him hangs in our hallway.) When she married my father-in-law, she was forbidden from ever stepping into a catholic church again. The bishop having told her that a bolt of lightning should strike her down. (What a horrible thing to say! She's never stepped into a catholic church since.)
She's such a strong woman, and yet she is so kind hearted and loving. My girls absolutely adore their Nana!
My father-in-law was a farmer and together they ran a dairy herd until it was no longer financially viable. Then she worked in a school library while he worked off the farm. Nowadays, they live in town, having left the farm some years ago.
In all the years I've known her, she has always been there with advice, support and affection.
This mothers day, I know who I'll be thinking of. In the comments below, tell me who you'll be thinking of!
Okay, the Mother's Day blog event is on from 28th April until 10th May 2014 and you guys are all in the running.
All comments made with regards to the blogs will be considered your entry (How cool is that??)
Remember to leave your email address in the comments though, so if you are a winner, our wonderful publisher from Beachwalk Press can contact you.