A Northamptonshire teacher who has just launched her first book says that writing was the “wonderful therapy” that helped her combat depression.
Grandmother-of-three Terry Ann Morley, from Shutlanger near Towcester, wrote her first book of stories based on her life as a teacher after advice from her doctor to focus on the positive aspects of her life.
I never thought I would be a writer as I failed my English O Level three timesTerry Ann Morley, Miss Adventures author
Several publishers showed an immediate interest and she officially released the finished product, Miss Adventures, published by i2i Publishing, at an event on Friday.
Her 12-year-old granddaughter, Emily, was the first to receive a signed copy of the book during the event at The Boat Inn in Stoke Bruerne after being the person to finally push her grandmother into signing the contract.
The 58-year-old, who will be retiring from her 17-year position as a teacher at Old Stratford Primary School this Easter, said: “It was great fun to do and it was the most wonderful therapy.
“I had been off work with depression and feeling generally down in the dumps about life, but my doctor suggested I focus about all the good things in life and, when I started to write them all down, I realised I did have so much to be happy about.
“Then my children and grandchildren suggested I send the stories to some publishers, who came back and said they were delightful.
“I never thought I would be a writer as I failed my English O Level three times because I couldn’t afford to buy the text books. But putting all these stories together has been a lovely experience and having them published was the icing on the cake.”
The full 150-page book, available in paperback Amazon for £6.99, is divided into chapters reflecting on her own experiences of her 25-year teaching career and is aimed, she says, at anyone who has been through the school system.
Mrs Morley said: “It’s for adults really, and anyone who wants to read past the rose-tinted spectacles of nostalgia.
“I have taught thousands of children so some readers might even recognise themselves mentioned in it.”
Having turned her first book around in a matter of months, after beginning in last Septmeber, she is now working on her second one, this time based on her childhood growing up in Suffolk.
“I was one of those people who used to get in all sorts of scrapes,” she said, “but it will still take me a good few months to put all those together. There may even be another book in the pipeline after that.
“The whole experience really helped to boost my self esteem and overcome my depression, which is a general issue that doesn’t get enough attention. If this helps to inspire just one person who is suffering then that would be wonderful.”