Wednesday, 9 January 2013

What inspired me to write it?

“What inspired you to write it”? is one of the questions I have been asked a lot since my book “From High Heels to High Hills” was published at the end of 2012.  So this is why.

It was not just about writing a book for me but about changing my life and I can pin it down to an actual single moment of inspiration.  It was January 2011 (two years ago almost to the day) that I climbed the mountain Yewbarrow in the Lake District for the first time.  The sky was clear blue with barely a wisp of cloud, the air was crisp and in the watery winter sunshine it felt quite warm.  I loved the climb up Yewbarrow as it was an interesting rocky scramble in places amongst some of the most rugged fells in the area.

As I reached the ridge, the view quite simply took my breath away.  In front of me, Scafell Pike and Scafell (England’s highest mountains) loomed with an ominous but beautiful majesty.  Their dark crags and crevices looked down over the soft green and golden valley below, still revelling in autumn colours.  As I looked down, Wastwater (England’s deepest lake) glistened and twinkled in the sunshine as the light captured each ripple as though it was filled with champagne bubbles.
There, at that moment on Yewbarrow amongst the beautiful Lake District fells it felt like I could take on the world.  It was the first time I thought I could be anything I wanted to be – that it was in my gift to chase a dream and control my destiny.  

So I did.  Two years later I have my own company, I am a published author and writer and I lead a conservation project that repairs and maintains the paths of the very mountains I fell in love with (Fix the Fells).  

I am still chasing my dream however. I am expanding my writing career to make it full time both via books and freelance articles.  Please get in touch via my contact me page if I can help you or your organisation.

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  1. Just shows what a small amount of inspiration can do. Keep up the great posts and working hard towards you next goal.

  2. Brilliant. Really inspiring. I hope it works out for you.

  3. Hope it goes well for you Tanya and that the book does well..

    1. Hi Freddie
      Thank you! Really appreciate your support.

  4. The mountain are a great inspiration Tanya. I always feel like I can take on the world after a visit to the Lakes. Good Luck with the rest of your dreams. Jill