Now in my seventy-eighth year. I’d like to say I’ve used all that time wisely, but it would be stretching the truth. I have done quite a few things I’m proud of, though, so we’ll just gloss over the rest.
In my early years, while raising a family, I had many and varied jobs – some interesting like running a small transport company and some stultifyingly boring like putting covers on library book and turning wet jumpers inside out. In my thirties I attained a degree in the Humanities – Sociology, Psychology, English Literature and English Language – which basically made me a Jac of all trades and Master of none.
I took my ragbag of talents to a printing company where I worked my way through secretary, manager and director until I eventually bought it.
This is where I grew my love of the visual arts, designing art catalogues, working with photographers and liaising with designers.
When I sold the company at the age of 63, I took myself back to university and acquired a First Class Honours degree in Photography. For the next ten years I was involved in the Camera Club Circuit in Nottingham, eventually becoming a Competition Judge.
I also competed in International Photographic Salons, submitting mainly portraits and conceptual images. I achieved the accreditations of BPE5*, DPAGB and EFIAP/gold and am proud to have acquired a sizeable collection of medals and awards.
I began writing my first novel at the age of 76, finally fulfilling an ambition that had been simmering away beneath the surface for more years than I care to remember. Circles of Confusion took one year to write and I self published it in 2020 during the first wave of Covid-19. It’s a fairly dark story of a young woman’s bid to rise above the rotten hand she was dealt in life. Does she make it? I couldn’t possibly say.
I was fortunate enough to read a pre-release copy of Circles of Confusion. OMG, what a debut! Not only full of tension, but characters you’ll love (or love to hate), and want to alternately cry and root for. I was truly sad to read the last page – I wanted it to keep going. Looking forward to JJ Grafton’s next novel already.”
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My second novel, Ashes on the Tongue, will be hopefully published at in early 2021. It’s set in Northern Ireland in the 1950s and deals with two cousins, struggling to make sense of the sectarian divide and trying to avoid the ever present threat of violence.