MAUREEN T CORRIGAN - INDIE AUTHOR
I do love travelling. Sometimes I think it’s an addiction and
I have to do it…
But I also want to do it and need to do it; as it’s part of keeping my body moving. In 2006 my world changed when I had to retire early from work because of multiple sclerosis (MS). I’d a successful career in the health industry and there was a lot more I wanted to achieve but had to leave. Because I wasn’t working, I had time. Managing a chronic illness takes time but I also had spare time.
With that I could do more of the things that I loved, such as travelling. I also discovered that I enjoyed writing about these experiences. Travels with my scooter have often ended up with so many funny stories from things that happened, I’ve ended up with more interesting and funny times than when I travelled without it.
I cannot travel alone as I did before on my first trip overseas in 1976. I need Sue now, who is my best friend and helper these days. She travels with me everywhere and we are a great team. I’ve written this collection of travel tales of my adventures over the last forty years. Some are from when I was in my twenties and others more recently with my scooter. All of them are filled with my passion for living life and enjoying the wonderful experiences of a world I am lucky to have seen and look forward to seeing more of.
I trust you will find your own enjoyment in my sharing.
“A wonderful collection of great adventures and human spirit with the true Australian humour and flare for the absurd…a great book and read by a very real and talented author…”
Dillon, Indiebooks reviewer.
“…It is a testament to the joys and surprises that
await someone who takes the plunge and just hits the road. Maureen Corrigan is an adventurer in the truest meaning of the word. She started her pursuit of travel after being diagnosed with MS. She is herself a physician, which may explain in part why she didn't just curl up in a ball and focus on things she couldn't do when she found out she had MS, but instead focused on doing the things she had always dreamed of doing.
That’s taking lemons and opening a lemonade stand. My hat off to her and I find myself thinking that this is a person I would love to meet…” Ray Simmons, Readers' Favorite US
For many years, Dr Maureen Corrigan was a medical practitioner who worked in a broad range of healthcare roles, from general practitioner to hospital and health S service CEO. She retired early as a result of developing multiple sclerosis (MS). Maureen is now able to pursue her many other passions, including travel and writing, which has led her to say, ‘I sometimes think getting MS was the best thing that happened to me!’
Who inspires you?
Everything around me. Life is for looking, discovering and enjoying.
How many books have you published? One
When did you first realise you wanted to be a writer?
After I developed MS and retired from work. I began my second life travelling and writing.
How long does it take you to write a book?
3 to 4 years.
What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
Trying to write when I feel like it. After I go for my daily walk in the day.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I look at old photos and have travel boxes of information collected from trips. Travelling with a mobility scooter and all that entails. Only writing about things that make me happy or that I am excited by to recall.
Do a rough outline then fill in like a painting.
How did you find the publishing process?
Last time very time consuming and less enjoyable than writing
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Real life experiences, brochures, guides.
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I was 63 years old. Published in 2016 of a trip in 2011 and written 2012, 13, 14, 15
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Travel, Walk, manage my MS, go to the theatre for plays (Melbourne Theatre Company), concerts classical music (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra) , explore new places.
What does your family think of your writing?
My flat mate Sue thinks I should make them funnier, my English teacher niece thinks I write how a non-fiction book should be written and a close friend said it reads like I’m talking to them.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
How enjoyable it can be. I feel it might be like painting, where a rough outline is drawn first and then areas are filled in with more colour, texture and meaning
Do you have any suggestions to help others become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Do a writing course and more courses or mentoring afterwards. Keep learning. Find a good editor.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
People who have read my first book said and quotes: i. I learnt so much and should be able to help people more. You’ve shown me different aspects that I had no idea of. Thank you I loved it. And I will be giving it to my children to read too. ii. What a wonderful, inspiring adventure and how heroic not just you but the other person iii. I feel like I am on this trip with you. I feel like I want a week away in a little cottage with an open fireplace where I can just sit and read your book. iv. I am thoroughly engrossed with your book and enjoying it so much. v. It is well written, very engaging and re connected me with some great memories, an extra bonus. vi. It reminded me of the lost art of letter writing. Reading your book is like reading a letter from you about where you’ve been. It is well written and easy to follow. vii. I’m enjoying reading your book. You make something ordinary very interesting. It’s well written. viii. Your story is inspiring, may the years ahead be jam-packed with many more travel journeys, complete with the unexpected rewards! ix. Am now looking forward to your next book. And I found that I wanted to keep reading and not like some novels that I have persevered with when all I wanted to do was stop reading now. x. Have been all the way with you, Maureen. Enjoyed every bit of it. xi. I love the conversational voice – it’s as though you were chatting with friends over a drink. xii. This is very interesting writing, which I enjoyed reading very much… xiii. I did enjoy your book & I feel as though I’ve been to Norway without all the trouble. xiv. I would also like to thank you as for years I couldn’t pick up a book to read and I started yours and couldn’t put it down… xv. It really was a compelling read. I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next.
xvi. There is such a positive feel about this book. It is ultimately a pleasure to read about a person who is experiencing the joys of travel, and who is ensuring that the experience runs smoothly because of their careful planning. The narrative voice is terrific. It is clear that the author has spent a lot of time thinking about the intricacies of her journey and this reflects in the level of detail in the manuscript. I also get the impression that this author is a lot of fun and I get a strong sense of her 'can do' attitude.
Do you like to create books for adults/kids/cause? Why?
Adults - I don’t know much about children or children’s books.
What do you think makes a good story?
When you learn and understand something new. When you see something described and it takes you there or with some good writers you can hear the jingle of the music they are describing.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
What are your plans for your future book/s?
Unsure at this stage. But there will be something else. I enjoy writing and the time out it gives me.
What tips would you share with other new writers about your learnings?
Do some courses in writing. Try and write when you feel inspired and impassioned about what you want to write about.
Please write a few paragraphs on why you wrote this book - what were your inspirations?
So many funny and great things happen when I travel. There is always something exciting to remember. Travelling with my scooter has been more interesting than when travelling before without one. I enjoy challenges when they are thrown up. I love fixing things.
Shows that having a disability does not hold me back from doing the things that I love doing
Would encourage people with a disability to travel
Shows that having MS is not a negative experience
Shows my positive approach and attitude
Tells of experiencing travelling to some unusual and different places in the world that were wonderful
Are about interesting places and people
Include funny events with my mobility scooter
Shows good friendship in action
MS Doesn’t Stop Me - document already submitted for a MS newsletter article attached
What drew you to the subject matter or the characters?
Went travelling which I love to do and often and tings just happen and unfold in front of you, including challenges that I love taking on.
What was the biggest challenge when writing the book?
The time it takes and learning how to write better.
Include any interesting experiences you might’ve had during the research for the book, or while writing or publishing the book: The joy of recalling a travel adventure, proud that I managed and found solutions, happy that I gave things a go.
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