I’m delighted to welcome Joy Wood with her post ‘You’ve Got To Be In It To Win It’ for my stop on the blog tour organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
Over to you, Joy…
All of my life, I’ve loved words. I can remember as far back as being at infant school, probably about seven or eight, and we’d been asked to do a poem in “our best handwriting”. The teacher told us that there would be a competition and the best three poems would be read out to the class. I was fortunate to be one of those three, and while I can still see myself stood at the front and all my classmates sat at their desks, I have no idea what I wrote about. But it must have kick-started something in me as I always loved words and English language all the way through school.
During my working life, I sort of developed further enjoyment for rhyme, and when colleges at work use to leave jobs/retire/go on maternity leave, I used to always write a poem to be read out at their leaving party. I loved thinking up humorous little ditties incorporating their little idiosyncrasies. I used to frame the poem as a little keepsake.
I then progressed to competitions. I used to scour supermarkets for those leaflets which required the consumer to buy a product and enter a competition, usually asking you to complete a sentence in no more than 15 words. The first one I ever won was,
I buy Kellog’s Fruit and Fibre because . . . my sluggish movement needs improvement!
That was the first prize I ever won, but I went on to many others. I was one of those ladies that were often featured in magazines due to the many prizes I won. A really super prize was a 3 minute trolley dash around Morrisons supermarket,
I buy British Lamb because . . . For Sunday lunch, kebabs or curry, a perfect meat for mum in a hurry!
And one more which was a prize of a laptop,
I buy Gordon’s Gin because . . . Once opened you’ll find inside, value, taste, quality and pride.
I loved just playing about with words. But the most recent competition I entered (prior to lockdown) was an opportunity to meet with the prolific author, Barbara Taylor Bradford. It was an online competition. It asked you to name your ‘Woman of Substance’ and why. This was in relation to Barbara’s first ever book which still sells millions now.
I could see the answers some had given as it was on Facebook. A number of suggestions were, Michelle Obama/Princess Diana/Mother Theresa/Margaret Thatcher/Hilary Clinton and various reasons as to why they’d been chosen.
I was on my way out of the house so in a bit of a rush. I quickly typed – My Woman of Substance is my late mother because she had a saying, “It’s nice to be nice” – and it is.
I was absolutely delighted to be given the prize of attending a Barbara Taylor Bradford book launch in Soho with an opportunity to meet with her. I hot-footed it down to London and arrived a little early so ventured into a cafe opposite the venue. I could hear some of those on adjacent tables who had booked and paid for the evening so I felt doubly lucky I hadn’t had to (mind you, I would have paid as I do love Barbara). When we left the cafe and entered the building where the evening event was to be held, we were checked in and taken into a waiting area. It was lovely to be surrounded by reading enthusiasts and share stories together. There was an announcement of short delay in Barbara arriving, so always the opportunist, I handed out some of my business cards promoting my books!
Once inside the venue (and a complimentary Gin & tonic in hand!) Barbara appeared on a small stage and took part in a question and answer session hosted by the magazine promoting the event. She was so articulate and entertaining. It was an absolute joy listening to her. Afterwards, I got an opportunity to converse with her which has been a memorable meeting for me, and I received a signed copy of her latest book.
I do book signings myself with each new release, and I love meeting readers. With each new book, I still get that same buzz about my achievement. I wondered if Barbara did having written so many, therefore with that in mind, I’d decided to take her a small gift. Of course she is a multi-million pound best seller, so what do you buy for someone like that? I went for a small silver horse-shoe and carefully wrapped it. My friends advised that I should buy a larger gift bag and wrap up one of my books and give it to her as well! Maybe I should have done . . .
A lovely post, Joy. I enjoyed A Woman of Substance very much.
Claire is happily married to the charismatic Max Maric and living the dream in a luxury house in the prestigious Sandbanks area of Poole Harbour. She loves her husband and their precious son, Freddy. Her life is perfect. Or so she thinks.
Annabelle is Max Maric’s lover. She’s a wealthy widow and is all set to marry him, just as soon as he’s divorced. Her life will then be perfect. Or so she thinks.
One man, two women, but they can’t both have him.
And he doesn’t get to choose – the schizophrenic decides, with a sophisticated plan to eradicate her nemesis in the most heinous of ways.
The intended victim needs a friend. Fortunately, she has a new one she’s become close to.
But nobody told her that false friends are worse than open enemies.
Joy Wood has worked as a nurse most of her adult life and turned to writing six years ago to ‘see if she could.’ Her earlier work was adult romance and intrigue, but more recently she has switched genres to romance with a crime element. Joy lives in the small but charming seaside town of Cleethorpes in North East Lincolnshire and her writing ideas come from watching the tide turn daily, of course with the obligatory ice-cream – someone has to support the local economy!