Penning novel is dream come true for Brenda
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