For me, the love of reading began at an early age, largely thanks to my mother who taught me before I went to school. The story goes, I was sitting opposite my teacher in Primary One. She was reading the paper and I, being the curious sort, read it too. Except I read it from my desk, upside down. My teacher, thinking she would teach me a valuable lesson, asked me to read one of the articles to her. When that didn’t embarrass me or thwart me sufficiently, she then asked me to explain my understanding of what I’d just read. What she didn’t realise was this was exactly the kind of exercise my mother would give me. I revelled in such cross-examination! I’m not sure if my primary teacher was impressed or whether I had just marked myself as the class trouble maker. I suspect the latter.

A love of reading turned into a love of writing. I wanted to create worlds where I could escape and lose myself, take myself away from whatever was going on in my own world. I suppose looking back, I wanted to transform my reality. Pretend I was the heroine of an altogether different story.

My writing started as apologetic poetry,  mainly (again) to my mother, and then the words grew into short stories delving into the quagmire of my thoughts. I found I could write far more easily than I could express feelings verbally. For me, writing was an absolute necessity. I couldn’t function without writing. It was the only thing that helped me make sense of a life that was challenging and, at times, traumatic to navigate.

After receiving an unconditional offer from Napier University to study a Bachelor of Arts in Publishing and Editing, I thought my course was set, but ‘life’ intervened and my path took a different route. It took me 10 years to get back to my studies and I was in my late 20’s before I found myself working in a publishing house – initially in the dark arts of Marketing across a range of titles and then (hallelujah) as Deputy Editor of an International Publication.

Clearly, I had a few life lessons to learn before I set upon that road. It certainly wasn’t easy to get where I am now. 

I learned that if you want something bad enough, no matter what obstacles you have to overcome, you’ll get there. Just put one foot in front of the other and keep going.  The most important part of that is, you’ve got to want it. So much of writing your own story is about just that. The drive to keep going. Perseverance!

The theme consistent with all my own writing is Transformation and I look for that in other writers and authors. 

I truly believe in the transformational power of words whether that’s on the page, on the screen or the words we use in our minds – that inner dialogue. Words have the power to heal. In fact Narrative Therapy and even Bibliotherapy are testament to the importance and power of the words we identify with in our world.

If you have a story to tell but you have no idea where to start, or perhaps you have a family, or work long hours and you simply don’t have the time, then you’ve come to the ‘write place’ (groan …lol). I am here to help you transform that seed of an idea into reality. With ghostwriting or coaching/mentoring services you will see your story emerge. Are you ready to begin? 

Evie McRae is a professional member of the Australian Society of Authors. As a published author, writer/ghostwriter, she has been featured in a number of  publications both in Australia and the UK.  She is the  former Deputy Editor of Natural Health & Wellbeing, though more recently she was the Ghostwriter for Internationally acclaimed Psychic Medium Peter Williams. His Memoir “Searching Spirit” officially launched on 18th August 2019 and already has a swathe of 5-star reviews.