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“It’s all very well getting encouragement from your mother, but it makes a difference when someone from the outside recognises that maybe you’ve got something”, said murder mystery author, Nicola Clifford.
Nicola lives on the side of a mountain in remote mid Wales with very little internet access. Applications for book publishers are mostly online, so a friend suggested she get in touch with PRIME Cymru for help.
As well as providing practical solutions, Development Officer Paul Pickering offered moral support throughout her journey. For Nicola, Paul’s support was a key motivator.
“When you’re 50 and disabled you can feel invisible, and writing is a very solitary thing. So meeting Paul once a month for a chat was so important."
She said: “When you’re 50 and disabled you can feel invisible, and writing is a very solitary thing. So meeting Paul once a month for a chat was so important.
“For some people it can take years to be published, so the encouragement made me keep at it”.
The hard work paid off, as Nicola is now a prize-winning short story writer and a published author. The first two books in her crime series, No Refuge and The Consortium, are available now with publishers The Book Folks. You can purchase them on Amazon
Paul said: “We are so proud that Nicola is now an established and award-winning author and we wish her every success in the future.
“We looked at the type of support she would need to reach her life-long goal, without impacting her health condition, and encouraged her to push herself. I’m so happy that PRIME Cymru was able to play a part in supporting her to achieve this goal.”
If you would like to pursue a new career path, and would appreciate some friendly guidance, please contact PRIME Cymru on 01550 721813
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