Ask any writer, “What’s the hardest thing to write?” and 99% of the time (made up statistic), they will say, “An About page.”
How do you summarize a job that is essentially life experience with words? Do you start at the beginning when you first picked up a pencil? Or was it when words became sentences that made sense? Should you start at the point when you decided you wanted to be a writer? Do you start at the first essay you wrote for fun and not because it was required school work? Or do you start with the first article you had published?
I can tell you about the diaries I wrote when I was a teenager or the hundreds of letters I exchanged with my Dutch penpal (do people still do that?). I can tell you about the dozens of press releases, product copy, or biographies I penned for work. I won’t, however. I will say that free-writing personal stories (diaries and letters) and writing well-researched, carefully formed sentences both laid the foundation of the writer I am today.
Today, I write about what it means to be parenting four biracial, multi-cultured children in a world where the Internet and social media have blurred lines and boundaries; my ongoing quest to self-care; and issues women care about most – self-image and friendships.
In addition to writing, I worked as an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine for families. I have co-edited published an anthology about multiples (I have twins), Multiples Illuminated: A Collection of Stories and Advice by Parents of Twins, Triplets and More, and we’re working on our second to be published in Spring 2017. When called upon, I also help first-time and/ or self-published authors with promoting their books online.
I have a BA (Honours) of Communications from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom, and ten years work experience in marketing, event management, and public relations. I live in Malaysia with my husband, two boys and boy/ girl twins. Connect with me on Facebook and Twitter.