Open Book Blog Hop – Turning Back The Years

Welcome back to another Open Book Blog Hop!

Today’s question is: Where were you at 21? How does that reflect in your writing today?

And remember to pay a visit to my fellow writers to see what they have come up with. You can find their works here!

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Where was I 14 years ago? Good question. If memory serves, I’d quit uni after a year and a half the previous year-I’d picked the wrong course for me. I’d had my first car (a 10-year-old Vauxhall Corsa with 8-CD changer and 1.0 litre of raw automotive power). I’d started my first full-time job and sadly lost it due to redundancy. The money from that bought my second car, something of an upgrade that started my love affair with Seat cars that still goes strong today. I also embarked on the first role in a travel company that I spent ten years working for.

But where was my writing at this point? In short, nowhere. In my younger days, I had a love for writing and reading. The reading never dwindled, but the writing faded. Once I reached secondary school and higher education I didn’t pursue it and allowed myself to be swayed by careers advice that writing wasn’t a career really. Do I wish I could do something different? Maybe. But things are getting there. Last week I started a new job that finally puts me in the direction I want to be heading, using the skills I’ve learnt over the years.

As I’ve already mentioned, my love of reading never went away. It eventually lead to me starting my book review blog, Books and Beyond Reviews, though that came along when I was about 28. It would be another couple of years before I would turn my hand to writing fiction, and only last year, at the age of 34, that I’d release my first book. I don’t think the person I was at 21 has had a massive impact on my writing as far as I can tell. But the books I’ve read along the way, are where I’ve really been impacted.

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