I am 51 and have wanted to write stories for as long as I can remember. Its only in the last decade that I have taken steps towards reaching my goal. I joined a writer's group in the town where I work and also did a creative writing course at the local university campus which gave me much more confidence. I work with young children in early education and care and studied part time for five years during my forties to achieve a BA in this field, juggling a family, home and full time work. On reflection, I would always recommend study on that scale would be done when students have few other commitments. During the years while studying it was very difficult to find time to write anything other than essays or read anything other than text books, so now that I am more able to devote more time to writing creatively, I just love it. I live in a beautiful corner of Scotland which is inspirational and very unspoiled and regard myself as being very fortunate to live here and enjoy it, so much so that it can be very easy to forget to actually write anything down! My writing desk is positioned where I can look out into our garden and the fields beyond, I can spend a great deal of time watching the world go by and storing up ideas for future stories.
L.M. Clement in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?1978 In my home town in South West Scotland, I remember really taking it seriously at about the age of 14
What do you love about Short Stories?I love the challenge of fitting a whole story into only a few A4 pages, it makes me more disciplined, it also means the story can show just a contained snapshot of characters' lives
Do you write in other forms?I aspire to completing a novel
What distracts you from writing?Home and family life, and the need to work full time to keep the wolves from the door
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?Local am-dram club, gardening, attracting red squirrels into my garden, cinema, theatre, reading, cooking for friends and family, the list could go on.
What is your favourite book?My Dear I Wanted To Tell You, and a children's book called Some Dogs Do as the moral encourages children to believe in themselves
Who are your favourite writers?Phillipa Gregory, Mark Frankland and Michele Roberts
Where is your dream location?Anywhere remote but with home comforts, or perhaps the Galapagos Islands or Cape Verde
What one item would you put into Room 101?Two things, election campaign posters that litter the beautiful countryside, and are never removed soon enough, and all the awful reality programmes monopolising TV these days.
Do you have any advice for new writers?Its easy to find reasons to not write, but just put pen to paper and let it happen, you will be 51 before you know it
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