As I approach the end of my long career as a counsellor itâ€™s time for change. I need to recreate myself, yet again.
Itâ€™s a bit like an archaeological dig - unearthing tiny gems of inspiration from the past and piecing together fragments of old passions and crackpot ideas. Iâ€™ve come across a few pockets of dirty linen too. As you can tell, I enjoy a good metaphor.
Iâ€™ve written many song lyrics over the years and was a semi-finalist twice in the UK Song Writing Contest. Iâ€™ve also had the odd poem published and have now decided to take myself more seriously as a writer. Iâ€™m enjoying every minute of it â€“ well, almost.
Naomi Richardson in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?2014 Kidderminster, Worcestershire.
What do you love about short stories?I love short stories - they're full of surprise. Other worlds in a nutshell.
Do you write in other forms?Poetry and song lyrics; a novel (possibly).
What distracts you from writing?Work, family, domesticity, TV...anything really.
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?In no particular order: reading, cooking and eating, wild life and conservation, human relationships, my grandchildren.
What is your favourite book?The Paying Guests is the most recent.
Who are your favourite writers?Haruki Murakami, David Mitchell and Donna Tart.
Where is your dream location?West Wales, by the sea, or Lindos, Rhodes.
What one item would you put into Room 101?My endless 'to do' list.
Do you have any advice for new writers?Listen.
Work by Naomi Richardson:
The Daddy In The Box
Itâ€™s early 1950â€™s and 4-year-old Ruth is embarking on a new phase of her young life. Sheâ€™s off to live at the seaside, with her great aunts, Constance, Rose and Pearly Trice. The story covers the next few years of Ruthâ€™s life as she struggles to come to terms with the mystery surrounding her father and the bewildering behaviour of adults.
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