Many years ago, I came out of the closet. Or should that be stationery cupboard? I openly declared my love for pens, paper, note-pads and all items pertaining to writing and creativity. It is no longer a secret that I enjoy the smell of a new book, friends’ eyebrows remain level at my uninhibited displays of enthusiasm for single- hole punchers, and my beautiful family understand my need to carry a healthy stock of pencils and paper clips. And to ask, before they borrow them.
Every Christmas, as a child, I would receive a large pack of felt-tipped pens, a drawing pad and the latest Abba album. (That’s a whole different closet.) Since you cannot see me at this very moment, I’ll tell you I am smiling; partly due to the recollection of fond and poignant memories and partly because years later, I’ve realised some things never change.
It was my dear mum who instilled in me a love of words and reading. She would spend hours listening to my latest story, laugh along at my funny poems and share her books with me. The encouragement and support she provided over my lifetime has helped me become who I am; a mother, a wife, a friend and a writer.
I am a Work In Progress.
To save me from inventing interesting facts about myself, my fellow writers and firm friends, The Romaniacs, are having their say:
The lovely Laura E James is – amongst many other things – one ninth of the Romaniacs. In fact, if it wasn’t for Laura, the Romaniacs would probably still be one of those great ideas that never gets past the planning stages. So it goes without saying that Ms James is a mover and a shaker; the grass never grows under her feet for more than a few seconds – it wouldn’t dare!
Over the last few months we’ve seen Laura go from strength to strength in her writing, even though life has been busy bashing her with a big stick. I am very proud to call myself her friend.
The first thing I noticed about Laura when I met her at last year’s RNA Winter Party was her big, warm smile. We’d spoken a few times online, built up a good rapport, but it wasn’t until The Romaniacs formed – of which I feel honoured to be a part of and ever-grateful to Laura for instigating – that our friendship really blossomed. Laura’s drive, passion, fab sense of humour and infectious enthusiasm make it an absolute pleasure to know her. She’s a pretty amazing writer too…
Love Jan x x