Wearing two hats means life is more than busy as Kathryn Brown talks about her best two hats, wool and paper!
It’s been a tremendously busy time recently as I’ve been hard at work in my other job as a farmer. We’ve been lambing on the farm and every year I draw the short straw and end up in the lambing shed at midnight, often working into the early hours. It’s extremely tiring, very frustrating but incredibly rewarding, especially when a ewe is having trouble giving birth and I step in to help, pulling out a large healthy lamb that’s standing up within five minutes and searching for its mother’s teat. Just watching a new born lamb suckle for the first time gives me a warm glow inside and I stand back, a smile etched on my face and a tinge of pride in my heart. Quite a similar feeling to the one we experience when we have a new book out; the feeling of the paper-jacket in our hands that leaves a deep sense of pride running through our veins, or to see our words on the eReader screen that makes us feel good about ourselves, an achievement to add to a growing collection.
During the busy times on the farm my writing career has to take a back seat but the passion is always there, ideas and potential scenes still play a massive part in my life as a writer. I often spend hours in the lambing shed, running through character names, building a character’s personality in my head, and I occasionally take my Dictaphone with me, as my memory isn’t the best it’s ever been. The recent lambing season had me creating ideas for my third book, a comedy written in the first person, a light hearted read about a young man and his determination to change his philandering ways. I’m about two thirds of the way in now, though it is only the first draft. But it’s one of those books that if I was reading it myself, I’d struggle to put down. Perhaps I’m blowing my own trumpet a little too loudly but I’m thoroughly enjoying it! I’ve read quite a lot of humorous books recently, written from the man’s point of view, and it’s something I wanted to explore myself as a writer.
A few weeks ago I was interviewed on a radio talk-show and asked the question, “Which would you rather do, farm or write?” My answer was simple, “I’d like to write about farming. I’m not sure I could give either of them up because I really don’t have a preference. My passion lies with both my careers; one pays the bills (farming), one excites me (writing), but both I am passionate about.”
Where does your true passion lie, and could you sacrifice something else in order to fulfil that passion?
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