Yes, that’s me growing up at our family home in Kent. I remember these photographs being taken by my kind and gentle brother Stephen who sadly died at the age of 20.

I started life with whooping cough, then fully recovered and became a happy individual with a love of animals and the countryside. School was something I didn’t particularly enjoy but left with enough exam passes to secure a job in London. Throughout almost 40 years at work, I acquired professional qualifications and led a small team at one point, but the best part of all, was working with truly amazing people.

As for my private life, I managed to fulfil most passions involving home-making, cooking, reading, writing, photography and listening to music. It was quite an ordinary existence with good times thrown in, shared with family, friends and adorable pets.

However, my world changed suddenly when I became deeply affected by unforeseen events, which then led to feelings of hopelessness about the future. I withdrew from everything and everyone. The prospect of facing life again and taking control was extremely difficult, but was aided by the comfort, encouragement and support I received from those who completely understood my plight, having been through similar experiences.

For anyone going through this sense of hopelessness now, I want to say “I know how you feel and I also know that you are much more than your thoughts and feelings – you are energy and power, so give your head a rest and let yourself relax for a while, then be guided on an intuitive level. In other words; do what feels right for you, there’s no pressure.” I didn’t intend to write a book (that may be obvious) and I am not medically qualified but I wanted to highlight how anyone can lose their sense of purpose in life – then definitely find it again.

To this day, I continue to write about life’s strange twists and turns and the intuition that can bring about good fortune. There are failures sometimes too. I try to write with openness and honesty and touch on subjects which are important to me, such as current news articles, people’s acts of courtesy and kindness, science and nature, and keeping a positive mindset – but not in a boring way – I do have a sense of humour and laugh out loud regularly!

Apart from writing, I enjoy spending time with my beloved husband and cats at our forever home in the beautiful English countryside, enjoying trips out, spending time with family and friends, eating good food and being out in the fresh air whilst taking photographs of animals, birds and scenery.

I am very grateful to all the people who have made my books and website possible and am sincerely thankful to those who have read my books.

Vanessa xx