My Writing Journey – from New Age Teacher to Indie Author
I celebrated three years as an indie author on 14 November. However, my writing journey began more than 30 years ago…
New Age Teacher
The first natural medicines workshop I attended was an introduction to reflexology and massage in 1986. I knew from that day on that I wanted to become a natural medicines therapist.
After a lot of travelling to courses nationwide, intense study, and a year at a college in Surrey, I had gained diplomas in reflexology, aromatherapy, massage, nutritional medicine, colour and crystal healing, electro-crystal healing, radionics…
In 1988, I set up a healing practice in Edinburgh which was incredibly busy from the outset. I also unearthed a talent for teaching and enjoyed inspiring others through talks and workshops to women’s groups, pharmacists, prison officers, a women’s prison…
In 1993, I approached Stirling University’s Open Studies Department for possible employment, and a new course “Simple Steps to Self Healing” was born. It gradually developed from a 10 week to a 20 week class, with a waiting list.
I continued to teach this course and many others at the university, until I left Scotland in 1999.
The Scottish School of Holistic Healing
The response to “Simple Steps to Self Healing” highlighted a gap for a 2 year professional training for therapists. In 1995, I aspired to filling a little part of this gap with my next baby “The Scottish School of Holistic Healing.”
My writing career began to form, as I wrote endless handouts for my students on chakras, the human aura, the healing power of colour…
Leaving Scotland behind in 1999, I felt ready to write a book.
The Heart of Sacred Space
My first book “The Heart of Sacred Space” took several years to write, while I adjusted to life in Donegal, and the setting up of a new therapy and teaching practice.
I envisaged a workbook based on my knowledge of intuitive Feng Shui, and the healing that takes place within ourselves when we make changes to our environment. I included lots of examples of personal and client transformation.
Once completed, I approached a number of literary agents, aspiring to be a published author. The advice I eventually received was “It is not long enough.”
My aspirations crumbled, and I let go of my publishing dream in 2006. If only I had known of the indie route to publishing!
On 27 April 2010, I tentatively entered our local library and joined a lovely group of ladies who loved to write. We christened our group “Rosses Writers” and continued to meet almost every week for the next 6 years.
Along the way, we shared our personal journeys, wrote prose and poetry, laughed a lot and published two collections of our work, with the healthy proceeds going to a number of local charities.
In 2012, I put pen to paper once again and very slowly my memoir “Watching the Daisies – Life Lessons on the Importance of Slow” took shape. My friends in the writing group were invaluable in offering advice and constructive criticism.
A Self Published Author
Finally, on 14 November 2016, I became an indie author.
I had written 77,000 words, taken advice from journalist and author Sue Leonard on my writing style and structure, had edits from Olive O’Brien of Creative Writing Ink, and publishing law expertise from Brenda Tobin.
Further Published Work
One of my travel stories is included in Robert Fear’s book Travel Stories and Highlights 2019:
I have several book ideas awaiting birth. Watch this space for updates!
I would like to add a HUGE “thank you” to everyone who has supported me on this incredible journey.
I could not have walked it alone.
Brigid P. Gallagher is a retired natural medicines therapist, passionate organic gardener and author of “Watching the Daisies- Life lessons on the Importance of Slow,” a holistic memoir dedicated to the art of mindfulness and healing from debilitating illness.
She lives in Donegal, Ireland – an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/r5GCjaetgZk
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