Pen­ning novel is dream come true for Brenda

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

AWOMAN who left a dif­fi­cult up­bring­ing to es­tab­lish her own busi­ness is now re­al­is­ing her dream of be­com­ing an au­thor.

Brenda Braith­waite, 65, whose pen name is Lily Graham, is cel­e­brat­ing pub­lish­ing her first book and hopes her per­sonal story will in­spire oth­ers.

Brenda, who lives with hus­band Roger on Long­butts Lane, Gawsworth, said she is achiev­ing her dream of be­com­ing an au­thor de­spite a rough up­bring­ing on a de­prived hous­ing es­tate.

She left school at 15 with no qual­i­fi­ca­tions and worked in fac­to­ries in Con­gle­ton.

But she wanted more from life, and stud­ied ac­coun­tancy in her spare time, even­tu­ally get­ting her qual­i­fi­ca­tions and set­ting up a busi­ness on Park Lane in Mac­cles­field.

The busi­ness, which had more than 100 clients, was even­tu­ally bought in 1989.

But Brenda, a mum of three with three grand­chil­dren and six step­grand­chil­dren, al­ways wanted to es­tab­lish her­self as an au­thor and is now proud to have had her first novel, The Phone Rang, pub­lished.

She said: “I had a de­prived up-bring­ing on a rough es­tate in Bid­dulph.

“In those days women were just ex­pected to marry and have ba­bies.

“I se­cretly stud­ied ac­coun­tancy whilst work­ing for the Co-op.

“My study­ing even­tu­ally ended my first mar­riage but I had passed my ex­ams and started work­ing from my bed­room pre­par­ing ac­counts, and later ob­tain­ing premises, whilst hold­ing down three other jobs.

“I was a sin­gle mum with three school age chil­dren. I’m hop­ing my story will in­spire oth­ers that any­thing is pos­si­ble, you just have to have some­one to en­cour­age you and faith in your­self.”

Brenda’s fic­tional story tells the ex­pe­ri­ences of a young mother who is abused by her hus­band.

Brenda said: “She is 28 with three school-age chil­dren, but feels much older. While she is nurs­ing her youngest child the phone rings and it’s her fa­ther say­ing her mother is dead.

“Her world is thrown into tur­moil and over time she is con­vinced that her mother has been mur­dered by her own fa­ther.

“So her task is to prove it, get jus­tice for her mother and oust her brute of a hus­band.

“There are heart­break­ing and tear in­duc­ing mo­ments, but also funny and gen­uine mo­ments. I’m hugely ex­cited about the suc­cess of the book.”

The Phone Rang is avail­able on Ama­zon. Brenda is hold­ing a book sign­ing on Septem­ber 12, 9.30am to 12.30pm, at Mac­cles­field Li­brary.

●● Brenda Braith­waite has re­alised her dream of pub­lish­ing a novel, us­ing the pen name Lily Graham

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