I live in the U.K. and come from a German/English background. I studied languages and International Relations at university and after a brief, unproductive spell in a bank (never again!), I decided to train as a teacher and did a PGCE at Exeter University in Devon. I've taught as a modern language teacher for 20 years, but have always enjoyed writing - primarily short, fantasy stories for children, but in the past few years I've also discovered the joys of writing poetry for adults - and my first two books are collections of poetry, which have been drawn from my professional and personal life. You'll find full details, reviews from Amazon Top Reviewers, and downloadable extracts from my first book "IT'S A TEACHER'S LIFE...!" on my books page.
My second book "FAMILY AND MORE - ENEMIES OR FRIENDS?", which is greatly influenced by my German/English background, is at present an ebook, but will soon be available as a paperback. You'll find details of the book and downloadable extracts on my books page together with formal reviews, but below is a recent comment from a reader.
"The poems are absolutely wonderful and perfect - it's an epic, multi-generational collection that tells of major, international events of great historical value and have characters that come alive, whom you just fall in love with. You have written a story that could be as epic as 'Gone With The Wind' and 'The Titanic'. I love it! I love the whole concept of that little girl and her family from opposite sides of the war. You have some really dynamic conclusions, recognitions and discoveries about self, family, people, nations and WAR. The challenge of a child, a young woman, resolving what nations could not, in order to integrate all her loves into whom she is and honor their values and courage. It is so good.
You are such a skilled story teller, 80 pages felt like 20. It went so fast and ended way too soon. It is absolutely the stuff of greatness, it has an inspirational and loving feel and wisdom that may be "just yours", but it is priceless. Thank you! B.W."
If you read my poems, you can decide for yourself whether you agree or not!