A WOMAN has turned her hand to writing inspired by meeting an author in a book shop and joining a writing group.
Retired hairdresser Mardi Marsh, from Stubbington, has published her first book, a fiction about slavery entitled The Legacy.
Mardi, 63, said: ‘It looks great. I’m absolutely thrilled by it.’
She added: ‘I have really enjoyed writing it and it has really pulled me in.’
The mum-of-three said she was inspired by meeting author of historical novels Catherine King in Waterstones.
Mardi said: ‘I asked her if I was on the right route and she reassured me.’
Mardi joined Fareham Writers, who meet every month at Portchester library.
She said: ‘They gave me so much confidence and were so welcoming. I thought I really want to take this on.’
Mardi will be holding an official book launch at 7pm on Saturday, November 16, at The Queens Head, in Titchfield.
The Legacy can be bought from The Book Shop on High Street, Lee-on-the-Solent, or from amazon.co.uk. The ebook costs £2.63 and the paperback is £9.96.