G: My first question for you is a very simple one, and you
must get sick of answering it. Why would anyone want to write? It doesn’t pay
well unless you’re very famous, and it’s a lot of hard work. Why not get a
L: Hahaha! Have you transmogrified into the school careers
adviser? Well, I’m in my early fifties so have had plenty of ‘real’ jobs that
paid the bills. Writing is something I wanted to do from an early age.
G: Yeah, sorry for being facetious. I think I’m envious that
you’re out there and doing it, and I haven’t done it yet. Probably never well.
Too bone idle.
L: I was like that for years. Every time I saw someone else
actually writing I felt one step away from the reality I wanted. I’d assist
others in living their dreams, but was too busy working in up to four jobs to
follow my own dreams. But I always said I’d do it when I retired. I’m quite a
few years from retirement but came into a little money which enabled me to
resign from other paid work and use my previous writing and publishing
experience to get started on my own. And that’s where Scott Martin Productions
was born. Scott Martin was my mum’s maiden name, and I’m deeply grateful to her
for teaching me to read before I began school, and also to read music. She was
a primary school deputy head, and a very hard worker and great role model, and
she was rather good at correcting my written work too. But writing and reading
were things that meant a lot to me from an early age. I remember writing a poem
mid-way through high school about ‘Blackberry Picking’. My English teacher, Mrs
Nash (Emma, I think) was so supportive. My report for that school term praised
my use of language and said she thought was going to bloom into being a fine
writer. You remember things like that. I still also remember the first line of
the poem ‘Blackberry picking, sweet and sticky…; then there was something about
the stains on the hand being like an open wound. I wish I still had that poem.
G: But most people who like writing at school or later,
don’t actually make a career of it. How did you know that writing and
publishing were the way to go for you?
L: I don’t suppose that anyone really knows the difference
between dreams that should be fulfilled and those which are best to remain as
dreams. Not until they actually achieve them, anyway. So you might as well just
try to live those dreams, if you can. Provided the personal risk involved isn’t
too great. If it works out, brilliant, and if it doesn’t, well at least you can
go to your grave knowing you’ve tried.
G: And on that cheerful note…
L: Yes. Sorry. I don’t mean it in a negative sense. It’s
more that we’re here for such a short time so we might as well try to follow