Today’s V is for VIPs – Very Important People. Don’t worry, I won’t go all Gwyneth Paltrow on you, I’m just going to tell you about the important people in my life and how they help and inspire my writing.
My son. This goes without saying. Without him, I don’t know where I would be. Although, being a mum is incredibly hard work, my son makes me laugh so much. I know it sounds clichéd, but before I had him, I never thought it possible to love anyone so much. He also inspires me (my contribution to 100 Stories for Queensland is titled ‘Confessions of a Toddler’ and is based on a particularly trying day with him.)
My mum and dad. I’m lucky that my mum and dad have always been there for me. We haven’t always seen eye to eye. (My dad is over 6foot! – boom, boom) but I’ve always known that whatever I need, they are there. I might have spent my early twenties trying to get away, but I now live across the road from my parents. If I stand on my tip-toes in my bedroom window, I can see their bathroom window.
I credit my love of books to my parents. Both are keen readers, though with vastly different tastes. My dad introduced me to the books of Dean Koontz when I was pregnant, while I raid my mum’s historical romance collection regularly.
While I don’t discuss my writing with them much, they both read everything I write. With the exception of my Ether story ‘Alien Invasion’ which is based loosely (okay, a lot) on them.
My sister. Although we haven’t always got on (think beheaded Barbie dolls and ruined clothes) we are now really close. I think it’s the not living together part that does it. We text each other several times throughout the day and have regular DVD nights.
She is the one I talk about my writing to the most and she reads everything I write. I can rely on her for honest feedback. If a story is boring, or rubbish, she will tell me, in the same way she tells me when I look ridiculous in an outfit.
Strangely, she hasn’t inspired any stories or characters yet.
My best friend. I only have a handful of people who I actually call friends, and only one who I really trust and know I can depend on for anything.
Knowing that there is somebody there to cheer you up when you need it, is priceless and while she doesn’t influence my writing much, she makes me happy which in turn makes me write better. The whole tortured writer thing doesn’t really work for me.
My boyfriend. There’s not much to say about him, really, except he’s great. We’ve been friends since we worked together about ten years ago and we’ve been ‘together’ for one year.
He supports my writing, and totally understands when I need my writing time, which is so important. He’s not much of a reader, but he reads my final drafts and sits and nods when I talk about ideas. He even bought me a fancy notebook for Valentine’s day – that beats chocolates any day!
My exes and enemies. Everyone who has hurt me, put me down, called me names and made me cry have all helped spur me on in my writing. They make me who I am today and make me want to make a success of myself. From the boy who used to sit on my on the school bus, to the girl who made up malicious rumours at college to my ex husband, they all made me stronger.
Who inspires you?