A St Helens poet has finally seen her dream of literary success come true after signing a four-book deal with a London publisher.
Lynn Gerrard, from Denton’s Green, will see her first volume of poetry, provisionally titled Darkness and Decadence, released by Wallace Publishing in June.
The poems in the book cover Lynn’s fascination with the supernatural as well as social commentary and her battles with mental health issues.
Her poetic talents were first spotted on Twitter, where she wrote micropoetry, and she also has a successful blog under the name Grumbling Gargoyle.
Her first book will be launched at an event at The Citadel and she says she is still somewhat shocked to have become a published writer.
Lynn, 56, said: “I’ve been writing since I could first hold a pencil but my life circumstances got in the way of being a writer and I’ve not been able to pursue it until recently.
“I started out on Twitter then started doing longer pieces. I was offered the four-book deal through social media as well. I can’t quite believe it’s happening.
“I’m pulled towards the darker side of life in my writing, although I appreciate we need both light and dark. I’ve also done a lot with Stand Up To Stigma because of personal issues which I’m dealing with myself.
“I also have some social commentary in my work. One of my poems came about after I took the dog for a walk and went past a residential home where they were clearing out someone’s belongings.
“It was so sad to see all her things, all the secrets of her life, being loaded into the back of a van.”
Lynn says she hopes her writing will encourage other people with mental health problems to achieve their goals and also makes a positive contribution towards ending stigma and discrimination.
In addition to writing for her poetry books she is also preparing a play.
Lynn Gerrard’s debut volume of poetry will be launched at The Citadel on June 11. For more information about her work, visit thegrumblinggargoyle.blogspot.co.uk or follow her on Twitter @LynnGerrard