Tuesday, 22 January 2013


This week’s topic for The Writers’ Post bloghop is ‘Masterpiece’. The host, Jenn Duffy-Pearson, is challenging us to share our creative endeavours.
Hmm, if we’re talking about anything visually ‘artistic’, this could be a very short post, because I am simply not artistic!
My grandfather, who started work in a weaving mill when he was 12, was soon transferred to the design department because of his artistic skill, and eventually became chief designer. When he retired, he moved to the country, and devoted his time to his two main interests, gardening and painting. He won prizes at local shows for his vegetables, and also for his dahlias. He loved to paint his flowers, too, and the walls of his house were full of flower paintings.
Sad to say, I did not inherit any of his skills. I can’t draw, and even the supposedly ‘easy to grow’ pot plants die on me! When I ran a Girl Guide unit, I had to rely on others to organise the ‘crafty’ activities for the girls.
The only artistic pursuit in which I’ve had reasonable success was making greetings cards, but sticking different shapes on a piece of card can’t really be called ‘artistic’.
I take lots of photos, especially when I’m on holiday, but although I have a vague idea about the ‘composition’ of a photo, I tend to simply point and shoot the scenes I like. Some turn out reasonably well, others less so!
So, as far as the visual arts are concerned, I don’t really have much chance of creating a masterpiece. And, although I’m a writer with eight published novels (and a ninth due out next month), I don’t kid myself that I’m ever likely to produce a literary masterpiece either. It’s enough for me that I enjoy what I do, and also that the people who read my novels enjoy them! After all, if I created a masterpiece, I might become famous – and, in last week’s bloghop, I told you how much I would dislike that!
My only 'claim to fame' is that my latest novel, 'Her Only Option' was recently voted Best Romance Novel 2012. I can't claim it's a masterpiece, but at least it was a winner!



  1. Congrats on your award!! Hey writing is an art-- and you are an excellent writer!! I enjoy all arts-- even food can be an art. I guess art is what you define it as...or I could be wrong... LOL

    A question, although you did not inherit your grandfather's painting abilities--did you inherit any of his paintings??

    Cheers, Jenn

  2. Congratulations on your award!! I think it is amazing that you get to do something you love and get paid for it. That is amazing.


  3. Hi Jenn, I'm never sure whether writing is an art or a craft!
    And yes, I do have several of my grandfather's paintings, although some of them, being watercolours, have faded unfortunately.

  4. Thanks, Kathy. My writing doesn't give me enough to live on, but that doesn't matter. I'm happy if people read and enjoy my books. :-)

  5. Best Romance Novel of 2012 - that's a masterpiece in my view. Will have to read it sometime. Congratulations.