Born on the high banks overlooking the Tyne Valley in the small mining town of Felling, June Gadsby dreamed that she would one day be a published author. It seemed an impossible dream for a shy, working class child of a single parent living with grandparents who were barely literate – the grandmother overly strict, the mother neurotic and possessive. Always passionate about books, June started writing at the age of eight, but it was to be half a century later when her dream finally became reality. She is a prime example of why we should never give up the dream, whatever it is. However, it takes more than a simple desire to be successful; it takes talent, dedication, a lot of hard work and – oh, yes – luck. “I was told I would never be a writer and should stick to painting,” June recalls. In the past ten years she has seen more than twenty books published, the latest of which, “The Raging Spirit” published by Robert Hale, comes out in May 2011. For June, the dream hasn’t ended; she has many more writing projects planned. She lives by a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm”.
Since this piece was written, June has been 'adopted' by new publishers Books We Love Ltd., and all her previously published books are being re-published in paperback and e-book form at the end of 2016 [Amazon and Kindle]