About Robyn R Pearce
What makes a novelist?
My hunger for the stories hidden behind well-known historical events was ignited by a much-loved History teacher. She had us read Josephine Tey’s ‘Daughter of Time’, about who really killed the Princes in the Tower. The underlying premise? The stories we learn are those told by the victors – and might not be true.
The next major influence was when, as a young mother of six very busy small people (who all arrived in a nine-year period), I attended a book reading in my local library. As I walked out I said firmly to the current baby and his four-year-old sister, ‘One day I’m going to be a writer!’ But the years went by in a blur of nappies, messes and busyness – and no head space for writing.
Some years later, life tumbled me into a nearly 30-year career as an international time management specialist and keynote speaker. During that time, my writing dream become reality, with many hundreds of articles and regular columns in diverse publications, plus eight books on time and productivity-related topics. (You can find more about that work at gettingagrip.com). In 2018/19 I completely updated all those books and transferred them to digital platforms. (Some were best-sellers in Australia and New Zealand.)
Through all those busy years, the hidden stories of long ago continued to nag at the corners of my mind. And so a new career began. It’s been fuelled by an incredible resource of letters, journals and other artifacts written by 18th and 19th century ancestors and saved by far-sighted family members.
What drove people to leave their known worlds and brave incredible hazards in the search for freedom? For those who travelled to new countries at the bottom of the world, what were the motivations that crammed them into small wooden ships for months, sailing through dangerous seas with no guarantee of arrival? So many amazing stories, not just of my ancestors, but also of many others - almost all driven by the dream of a better life.
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