My name is Moragh. The name is Gaelic and is pronounced Mora. I live in the UK.
Ever since I returned from my first solo trip to the USA in 2007, a friend has been nagging me to write a book about my travels. Many trips later, I am finally doing something about it.
I puzzled for a long time about how to tackle this task. I have finally settled on the idea of writing a series of short stories about the many adventures I’ve had, and some of the people I’ve met, during my trips.
I’d like to share with you my journey as I write these stories. Any comments or questions you have as you read these stories are welcome. They may well trigger memories of more incidents that I could write about, so please feel free to comment.
More about me
I haven’t always been a writer, unless you count sending occasional contributions to various newsletters, with some being printed.
In the 60s I trained as a physiotherapist and, after a spell working in a local clinic and hospital, I spent most of my married life caring for my disabled husband, who died in 2004. I have three sons and two grandkids, plus a foster granddaughter, all of whom I try to see as often as I can.
After my husband’s disability forced his early retirement, he and I became founding members and directors of a local disability charity. This charity specialised in raising awareness and providing training to those responsible for ensuring that access to public buildings and spaces was available for people with any disability.
My writing career
I only started writing more seriously after I was widowed. In December 2010 I started entering poetry competitions. Although I have yet to win any prizes, I have had seven poems published in various anthologies. I have also had several articles published in various magazines, including Dogs’ Monthly, This England and the UK Guardian and other magazines. The first one was published in the Guardian Weekend Family Supplement in December 2011.
I almost completed a creative writing course, designed to help me learn how to become a better writer and to further my writing opportunities. This course was put on hold during most of 2012 while I wrote the biography of my friends, Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan, from Florida. My book, ‘In Harmony’, is now finished and is available in print or as an e-book from Amazon.
My other hobbies
My other hobbies are listening to country music and line dancing. I have made many friends through these pastimes and have met people from all over the UK and from overseas. I love to travel and, since 2007, I have been to the USA at least once a year until 2016. I have made so many friends in the USA and I try to visit them as often as possible, as well as occasionally visiting my sister and cousin, who live in the States. I also attend many country music festivals around the UK, travelling in my red VW camper van.