It’s been a while since I really added anything to my blog that was personal and I thought today would be a good day to do that. Yesterday was my first anniversary of holding my domain name and I’ve now been blogging at Candyfloss & Dreams for three years through plenty of changes both personal and technical. I’ve come so far in the last three years really when I think about it. I remember starting the blog on my boyfriends laptop in his bedroom whilst he was at work and I was still living in the hostel with my daughter. We’d only been together a few months and obviously, at that point talked about our talents and what we were passionate about. Writing is always something I’ve been passionate about, I’ve always loved writing. I love words! I was the child that didn’t go out to play because she was more interested in the adventures her favourite characters were having rather than making real adventures for herself. Perhaps I lived a bit vicariously as a child, or perhaps compared to my books climbing trees and jumping in puddles was pretty boring.
I think I turned to books and writing a lot as an escape from my parents divorce too. A way to not have to deal with the outside world for a little bit. I think my eight-year-old self wrote down plenty of how I felt often through made up stories at school which always seemed to be full of ultraviolence.
When I was younger the best books were these amazing stories by Shiela K McCullagh which sadly aren’t in publication anymore. I wish I still had these books to read to my daughter as they were fantastic. Now one single book of around 20 pages retails for almost £50 on Amazon as they’re quite rare and to think I had the entire collection of these books. The series was called Tim and the Witches and it was brilliant. It focused on Tim and three friends who could see the Hidden People thanks to having special tokens. It also featured two cats Sebastian and Tobias who lead the children on some of their adventures. I am lucky enough to have one of the longer versions of the books still although it’s falling apart a little and one I will read with my daughter as she gets older. Another series that I loved by the same author was the Buccaneers which featured a boy who would find himself aboard a ship and adventuring with pirates.
As I grew so did my taste in books moving over to The Hobbit as another fantastic adventure fantasy series. A turning point in books for me was probably when I found the book Sabriel by Garth Nix. I loved this book and the language was a little more grown up than I’d read before even featuring a few scary moments which I hadn’t come across in books before really. This lead to me reading more young adult fiction and then reading pretty obscure novels like The Picture of Dorian Grey, The Catcher in the Rye and A Clockwork Orange. When I was fifteen I started reading more crime fiction stories and found one of my favourite authors, James Patterson. The first book I read by him was a story called Kiss the Girls from the Alex Cross series, however, it was the only one in the series I read. I then found the book 7th Heaven in the Woman’s Murder Club series by him and loved it. This brought in a real love of mysteries and I’ve read a fair few in my time.
These days I try to read a variety of different books and some of my recent favourites were Birdbox, Girl on the Train and Me Before You, however, I am eagerly anticipating Winds of Winter despite knowing it won’t be around before the next television series of Game of Thrones.
I think it’s because of my love of storytelling that I want to write and share my own stories with the intention to help and inspire others like so many books have inspired and helped me over time. I knew I wanted to be involved with words from a pretty young age and for the longest time I wanted to be a journalist. It seems I’ve become the journalist of my own life through blogging. Advertising, sharing stories, talking about topical events and attempting to advise but with a lot more personality (I hope) than I would have been able to put across working for a newspaper.