Today's guest is Franny Armstrong. Franny has a very inspirational story to tell us.
Thank you for this opportunity, Tir.
Many authors are asked the same questions: When did you begin writing? Who was your inspiration? What current projects are you working on? That’s just a few, but a good place to start.
When I was about ten years old, I used to create plays and charge the local kids a nickel just to come into the garage to see me act them out. LOL I’ve always been creative but never took writing to a serious level until seven years ago when I became ill, so ill in fact that I couldn’t leave my home to work without becoming even more sick.
I have a chemical brain injury (called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity or MCS) that causes my body to react violently to simple things like fragrances, body products, cleaning products, gas fumes and much more. Since leaving the safety of my chemical–free home wasn’t possible, I became addicted to the Internet and to reading, however this wasn’t always possible due to the ‘mushy–brain–fog’ I suffered which made it difficult to concentrate.
At the same time I was diagnosed with MCS, I was also told I had BiPolar II Disorder. Though the doctor assured me I wasn’t ‘nuts’, I was devastated, feeling like I’d just been given a death sentence since neither of the two illnesses had a cure. For years I could barely speak a sentence or remember a simple word. I want tea’, though only three words, was difficult to say. I also slept up to twenty hours a day!
After losing so much time, I decided to do something with my life because I refused to allow illness to beat me! My motto became, ‘NEVER SURRENDER! NEVER GIVE UP!’ and believe me, it worked. To date I have become a published author, my first book ‘SMALL PACKAGES-A CHRISTMAS STORY’ released from Red Rose Publishing in December and what a feeling that was! I’d finally climbed past the limits of illness and accomplished what I’d never thought possible until now.
Two more releases come out in March: EXTRASENSORY ELEMENTS SERIES BOOK 1-AUTHOR’S DEMISE (first in ten) and TROPICAL BALM. Though I’ve yet to see a nickel, I’ve finally found a career that not only gives me a sense of pride and joy, but that has helped me climb from the pits of despair into a world of light! Writing has saved my life, literally!
Franny is having a contest! She's giving away your choice of an eBook - SMALL PACKAGES-A CHRISTMAS STORY or a $5 gift certificate to Red Rose Publishing, so be sure to leave a comment!
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