I never originally planned to be a Writer, let alone a memoir writer. It was something that just happened. One day I was writing newsletters to family and friends - the next - a letter to the editor. To my surprise, my letter was published with barely much editing done to it. Gradually, over time, I wrote more letters to the newspapers and they too were published, with either none or very little editing.
However, when a life changing experience occurred, some years later, following the birth of my second child and his eventual diagnosis of Autism at the age of nearly five, I began to write about the topic of autism as a form of therapy, which in turn helped to save my sanity in this often mad and insane world...
So whilst I was writing my 'tell-it-like-it-is' articles for magazines, I had also written an article about my son's autism. It was later suggested by friends that I expand on that article and actually write a book about it. "Yeah right," was my initial response! Me? Write a book?
However, ten (10) years on and that is exactly what I have done - written a book - a memoir about my experience of raising my autistic son - including all the good and the bad; the happy and the sad, in what has eventually become my own personal (soon-to-be-independently-self-published) memoir "Autism On The Frontline"
But despite my ongoing depression over those years, which is why it took me so long to write it, I was always moved to write something. Mainly because of the frustration of not always being heard, let alone seen, especially when I needed help and no help was forthcoming, at the time. But that is all clearly explained and detailed throughout my book.
In the meantime, I have been told many times by many people that I have a very good story, which needs to get out there, if not only to help me, but to help others in a similar situation as myself, such as mothers, carers, or for whomever has had anything to do with children with disabilities. And again, this all clearly explained and detailed throughout my book.
Well, that's enough of these ramblings, for now, because once I get started on a topic of interest, then there is usually no stopping me. But as a Writer, one must write down their thoughts, 'before it is lost in the wilderness of the fog at the front of the brain,' as a fellow writer once wrote in his facebook message to me while we were discussing the subject of just what moves a Writer to write... Yes, it is an interesting question indeed.
Happy Writing everyone
Copyright (c) Heather Golding - Author
18 December 2015