Jane Ayres is a writer from Maidstone, Kent, who has just joined us as a valuable contributor. We thought you would like to know some more about Jane so asked some questions about her background and what inspires her…
So what is your creative background?
I’ve always enjoyed writing stories and had my first piece published in a national magazine when I was just fourteen. I played piano from age seven, later trained to be a professional singer, and did my BA (Hons) in Music with Cultural and Community Studies at Sussex University in the 1980s. But the writing has been the one constant for me, and over the past 37 years my thirty novels have been translated into 7 languages and I’ve had hundreds of short stories, poems and articles in print. In January this year, I finally started a blog http://www.janeayres.blogspot.co.uk/
What other career paths have you taken?
Several! I have a marketing diploma and a teaching certificate and after working in the sales department of a major publisher after graduating, I spent the last 25 years working in further and higher education, in marketing, outreach and also some teaching (music, dance, media and creative writing). I also set up and ran a mentoring programme for people wanting to work in the creative industries.
Who inspires you both locally and universally?
People who combine compassion and tenacity to change the world for the better.
What would you like to achieve in the future?
To use my writing as a tool to raise funds for a number of charities.
Can you recommend a creative website you love?
I’m a fan of http://www.ifbook.co.uk/ which is at the forefront of the debate about the future of reading and writing, as well as Joel Friedlander’s brilliant http://www.thebookdesigner.com/ which generously shares his wealth of knowledge and experience to help writers publish their work using the amazing opportunities that the digital future offers.
To find out more about Jane please visit http://www.janeayres.blogspot.co.uk/