Mo Tritton, the author of A Slice of Life, released her book in May 2020. We wanted to catch up with the new author and see how life has been treating her since she was published.
No, I never thought I was good enough. I wasn’t confident in myself or my ability when younger.
I worked in a shipping company in East London.
I’ve always written ideas for books or poems on scraps of paper as far back as I can remember. Loved making up bedtime stories for my children. Love writing fiction as it gives my mind free range. Never intended to publish but one day self-published on a whim, deciding it didn’t really matter if anybody liked what I had written. Quite a bold step overcoming self-doubt but now I have gained confidence in my ability as an author and took the step to approach the prestigious publishing company, Pegasus. I have landed on my feet, they are amazing and have expertly guided me through the publishing processes.
Busy. I was born under the sign of Aries and have always needed to be doing something. After retiring I worked a few days a week as a volunteer on a farm in Hainault and loved it. Had an opportunity to work with their bees which I found amazing. Whilst there I was taught how to use a spinning wheel and, through the instructor’s incredible patience, learnt to overcome coordination difficulties and can now spin without a problem (although my shyness kicks in sometimes when people are watching and I muck up). I am lucky to have pets which include dogs, rabbits, a guinea pig and chickens, so their care keeps me busy.
My husband died over twenty years ago. He was a master of all trades whilst I was a master of none. I’ve had to get by or go under and I’ve no intention of going under, although I nearly did when my seventeen-year-old son died in a road accident two weeks before my husband died.
The biggest struggle to overcome was me. I was a Barnardo’s child and struggled to find my identity. Shyness and lack of confidence were hard taskmasters to overcome although I didn’t so much as overcome them but hid them and put on an ‘I don’t care’ visage, though I cared very much indeed.
Thanks to Pegasus – confidence and belief in my abilities is the biggest change and I have also allowed myself to feel proud, something I have had great difficulty in doing.
I am happy to say that I can’t stop writing, it gives me so much pleasure and quite often I am surprised at the twists and turns some stories take when I have had no previous plan of where the story would go. It’s really exciting.
Clean and feed the goldfinches and budgerigars, rabbits and guinea pig.
An hour's walk with my Staffie Eddie along the riverbank in Roding Valley Park.
One to two hours writing my current novel Blaze of Glory.
I'm learning to play the guitar – slowly.
Making a gate for the back garden so that Eddie does not take himself for walkies. Gardening, or if raining, catching up with housework.
Precious half an hour or so of reading.
Take Eddie for another walk.
Catch up with friends on Facebook then go on to YouTube to learn how to make things.
Finding out that people who don’t know you like what you are writing.
The best of the best. I have struck lucky and would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone.
I love magic, the magic of life and the magic of the world. To me, Pegasus is a magic name.
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