My Role Model – Julie Shackman

Your shoes and spikey heels

I am a romantic comedy author from Scotland, who also writes verses and captions for greetings card companies.

My first traditionally published novel, A Room at the Manor, was released last year in Australia & New Zealand, and this year in Germany and the UK.

My next novel, The McKerron Castle, is out in audio book on 1 November.

When I’m not writing, I’m trying to wade through my growing To Be Read pile of books – and I am a stationery obsessive!

My Role Model

Powder brushes,

Glinting bottle,

Of her favourite scent,

The ghost of all her wisest words,

And what they truly meant.

“Chase your dreams, no matter what,”

She would often say,

With her white and dazzling smile,

And eyes of pearly grey.

Her amber, scratched sunglasses,

The swinging coats she wore,

As though they’re waiting for her,

Inside my wardrobe door.

Albums of dear photos,

Your shoes and spikey heels,

Those who suffer such a loss,

Know just how all this feels.

My gazing admiration,

Snuggled by your side,

Even as a little girl,

You filled my heart with pride.

The day you left,

Was like the final setting of the sun,

But nothing can erase the love I have for you,

……My Mum.

The End.

Julie Shackman, Milngavie

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