The loss of my beloved mother. I was only five at the time and from the loving home I had known was thrown into a hard and abusive world.
2. Please explain more what you do.
For much of my life, in order to support my son and myself, I worked three jobs a day. I effectively worked twenty-three hours out of each twenty-four. However, I am now retired. For many years I considered whether to set my ancestors and my own life stories down in writing but felt reluctant to share all the harsh treatment and awful events we had gone through. It was not until I heard others talking about their own experiences that I came to realise our lives had and have been anything but ‘normal’. This finally persuaded me to write. Being an author is now my primary occupation.
3. How can people contact you?
Here is a list of my social media accounts through which people may contact me if they wish.
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TRBooks7 (@TRBooks7)
Blogspot Blog: http://www.trbooks7.blogspot.com
Wordpress Blog: https://www.trrobinson25.wordpress.com
And here is my Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/t.r.robinson
4. What is your biggest life lesson?
This is a difficult one to answer. Looking back upon my experiences I suppose the best lessons I have learnt are:
a. We are capable of far more than we imagine.
b. There are few, if any, people you can really trust. (I find this sad to share but as much as I have tried I usually find people let you down.)
5. What is your biggest achievement?
Successfully bringing up my son when it had been generally and socially unacceptable to be a lone woman with a child. (I had, reluctantly, divorced my violent husband in order to protect my very young son from his blows; he had wanted to kill him.). Of course there have been other substantial achievements but my son is definitely the biggest of them all.
6. What is your favorite book?
I used to love reading but my husband beat me whenever I did so and destroyed my books. Though I do now try and read a little I still find it difficult (psychosomatic I suppose but I have never really been able to get pass it). Nevertheless, I do persevere and as you know do review the books I manage to read.
One of my favorite books, from those early days of reading, had been Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I suppose in some ways I had been able to identify with her loss of family and the harsh treatment she received.
7. If you could have anyone educate you, who would it be?
I really have no idea. Due to the circumstances of my early life, including war and occupation, I had very little formal education. I suppose, if I had had the choice I would have liked the headmaster/owner of the grammar school I managed to send my son to. He was a gentle, intelligent man who cared about his students. Regrettably he is no longer with us.
8. What is your favorite podcast?
I only have metered internet access and therefore, because they use up a lot of the data, I am unable to utilize podcasts, webcasts, video or anything else like them.
I would like to thank you for the opportunity to share with your ‘Wins women of wisdom’. I appreciate it very much and look forward to perhaps chatting with you and others in the future.