Introduction

Thank you for visiting my writing website.

I set this up a few years ago, after losing my dear husband of 30 years. This horrible and unexpected bereavement drove me to write down my feelings in the form of letters addressed to him. These have become a book; A Widow’s Words.  It expresses my grief and is also a record of his life and of our relationship. Maybe it will resonate with others who have lost a loved one.

Having been made more aware of my own mortality, I felt driven towards creativity and expressing myself, so also include details of some other books I have self-published – People and Places (non-fiction) and Out of My Mind (fiction).  Several free chapters of all these books are available on the relevant pages.

I have also produced a non-fiction book about overeating problems, Foodfight – Overeating Triggers and Strategies to Overcome Them, and a free children’s story, Mountain Magic – The Wild White Horses of the Alps. I am also including on this website various other short stories and lots of poems which I hope someone might enjoy.

I was writing a ‘Bereavement Blog’ initially, and have included the early part of this, and also ‘John’s Blog From Heaven’, within A Widow’s Words.  I then started a ‘General Blog (with Photos)’ which I will add to on occasion.

I am currently slowly working on a book of short stories, each in a different genre and hence called ‘A Finger In Every Pie’.  The first of these, Ghost Story, I have put on this site.  I’ve also been adding to my 100 Word Stories – with the idea of publishing a book called ‘100 100-Word Stories’!

I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO INCREASE MY READERSHIP AND GET FEEDBACK ON MY BOOKS AND THE CONTENT OF THIS SITE.  I WOULD BE VERY GRATEFUL FOR ANY COMMENTS YOU MIGHT LIKE TO LEAVE, OR PLEASE EMAIL ME AND I’D BE HAPPY TO SEND YOU A FREE REVIEW COPY OF ANY OF MY BOOKS.

I invite you to explore this site and hopefully enjoy my writing.  It is my legacy, my (eventual!) epitaph. Thank you.

Cathy

cathypenman@outlook.com

Here are some quick links to selected pages on this site:

Dear John – the introduction to A Widow’s Words

Old Sarum – a piece describing a particular place which made me think about writing again and led to People and Places

The Guernsey Underground Hospital – another special place

Old Father Thames – encounters Queen Elizabeth I

The Meeting – a rather cynical short story commenting on the world of work

The Ghost Horse of Hyde Park – a poem inspired by a horse statue in the park

A Cat, A Wardrobe and a Witch – an early chapter from my story Out Of My Mind

©  All content Copyright Cathy Penman 2015+

Please see also my photography site

www.flamingophotos.weebly.com

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