As a painter I was also an avid reader, I would paint during the day and go to bed early with a book. Painting was my raison d’etre, my passion, I went to sleep thinking about it, after reading Dean Koontz of course and then waking up to fresh ideas for the bare canvas.
As in life, things change, to use a cliché, I saw the painting had become a business, global in fact, with paintings in Europe, US and even China. A couple found themselves in a police station deep; in the US and across the pond, the BBC TV studios. It had indeed become a very lucrative occupation. It came to the point where I was commissioned to paint works which would be the theme for a new restaurant on Miami Beach. The paintings were blown up; to eight feet and placed throughout this incredible restaurant. I was so thrilled I was living the dream, but gradually when other orders tumbled in, I realized I was behind a conveyer belt. I was enclosed in a factory of other people’s desires. I was painting what people liked and not what inspired me. I went to bed thinking of canvasses in cardboard boxes waiting to be used on buyer’s orders. I felt flattened, withering like grass in a desert…
As I was retired, I didn’t have to provide for the family, we helped them out of course that’s what parents never stop doing. But I didn’t need to sweat over a conveyer belt, but with the death of the flower I no longer yearned to paint.
After reading all of my hero’s Dean Kootnz’s books I decided to have a go at writing. Yes, you‘ve guessed it, the excitement rose. So I took a couple of University courses, and set about becoming a writer. Am I a sensation? Am I the next Dan Brown or Stephen King? God no, I am very small fry. I’ve made the top ten in my genre a few times but nothing that had me drenched in exultation, or skipping to the bank, rather to the money lenders – joking. But, the fairly successful writer has to be careful they do not get stuck in a genre that sells!!! If it only sales that matter then the trip to the desert I near.
So the passion is still with me, but I have a yearning to go down to the cabin in the garden and have a look at some of my paintings stacked against the cabin walls. Maybe open a box of bare canvasses Maybe I need to seek out a new genre in writing, or maybe I need to paint a little again.
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Katy lives on the South coast with her husband and a loving hyper friendly dog who likes to greet and lick everyone on sight. She has a BA Hons (Psych) BA Eng.Lit. MA in Religion and Mysticism and a Hon Dr. Science for research into pain control.
She was a psychologist and hypnotherapist before changing direction for full time creative writing, Her main genres are historical romance, crime and science fiction.