WHY I WROTE “THE LADY IN THE COAT”
This is a bitter-sweet story for me to tell, because in many ways, writing has changed my life for the better. In writing I have found something I believe I am meant to do for the rest of my life. However, looking back, none of this would ever have happened if something devastating hadn’t happened prior to all of this. And to be honest, I find that one of the most difficult feelings to come to terms with.
“The Lady in the Coat” comes from a much darker place than anyone that has either read or heard of the book, knows. In this blog post, I will explain to you exactly why I wrote “The Lady in the Coat.”
Many months before starting my writing journey, my Nanna passed away. I was devastated, broken, angry, and felt cheated by Death. Why did Death have to be so unfair and ruthless when taking people from their loved ones? I wanted to chase Death down and, you know, give it hell.
But after the emotions had somewhat settled, I realised that no matter what I did, I could never chase down Death and kill it; it just wasn’t not possible. This realisation made me emotional, angry and resentful. So what did I do? I started to write.
After writing a few stories, I started writing “The Lady in the Coat.” It wasn’t until I was maybe half way through writing that I understood what The Lady in the Coat represented for me. She represented Death and how Death unfairly takes the people we love the most, away from us. Through writing “The Lady in the Coat”, I was able to turn my hatred and anger towards Death into something positive and constructive.
If my Nanna hadn’t passed away, I would never have written “The Lady in the Coat.” My Nanna was one of the greatest women I have ever known. She was everything.
Don’t get me wrong, I love writing, and this journey is wonderfully crazy, but I do wish that my Nanna was here to share the journey with me.
(She would be telling me to never ever stop writing).