My name is Lin Treadgold. I have lived in The Netherlands since 2002. I am 62 years of age.
During 1971-1977, I travelled the world by sea with the Merchant Navy but later married and now have two grown up children. I became a driving instructor and proprietor of a successful business in the north of England. Over a period of 25 years, I built a reputable training school for the training of driving instructors.
I started writing for my business and have several magazine articles published. My latest after retirement, was in the RNA magazine ‘Romance Matters’ in 2010. It wasn’t until 2006 I decided to take up writing more seriously and sought help from professionals and published authors to learn more on how to write. In 1989 I studied a creative writing course with the University of Leeds, but due to pressure in the business I was unable to do anything with this until some years later when I retired early to follow my husband in a new job in Holland. I am a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and feel this is the way forward for me in the future. ‘Goodbye Henrietta Street’ is my first novel and I have a second novel in progress. I have spent six years learning the craft of writing.
I have a lot of experience in marketing myself due to owning my own business and would find this a useful skill for my novel. I have already made contacts with the local businesses on the Isles of Scilly, having visited there many times. A few weeks ago I was invited on to Radio Scilly to talk about my novel and the trials of writing a book. My novel is set in Whitby Yorkshire and on the islands and the local people are supporting me toward publishing.
My family are from a theatrical background. My mother was a lesser known actress on stage and television. She passed away in November 2010 at the age of 89 and had her own agent as a member of Equity.
In my role as a volunteer I work on a nature reserve in Holland recording the nesting and migrating birds. I also support the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation as a volunteer, saving the habitat of orang-utans through fund raising.
My aim is to have my first novel published and continue to write more books in the future. With all my life experiences I feel it is important I put them to good use and my wish is to become a published author.