Ylva Publishing blog hop — Jane Waterton

Today, I’m honored to present the next stop on the Ylva Publishing blog hop. It’s Jane Waterton’s turn to talk about her life and her book, Time of Our Lives. Welcome to my blog, Jane!

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‘Close friends are truly life’s treasures. Sometimes they know us better than we know ourselves. With gentle honesty, they are there to guide and support us, to share our laughter and our tears. Their presence reminds us that we are never really alone.’

Vincent Van Gogh

Growing up, my family moved constantly; my father always in search of the ever elusive big deal ‘just in the next city’. Invariably, it would be a mirage and he and my step mother and I would once again take to the road. To be honest, I was probably at least ten years old before I realised that not everyone moved house at 2 am.

For me, this peripatetic lifestyle meant more schools than I can remember. Day schools, sometimes boarding schools, different teachers, different rules.  What never changed was the fact that I never seemed to be anywhere long enough to make friends – not real friends, the kind that stick to your ribs and stick to your heart. It didn’t help that I was painfully shy and it took a while for me to get to know people.  It always seemed that by the time I had started to make friends, we were gone and I was alone again.  In the end it all just got too hard and I stopped trying.

Luckily, by the age of thirteen, I was finally in a boarding school that was to be my home away from home for the next five years, and it was here that I finally started learning about true friendship and everything it represented. I grew, I blossomed, and I finally made friends, several of which I still have some 45 years later.

In Times of our Lives friendship is also the anchor for the residents of OWL’s Haven.  Meg and Allie have known each other for over forty years. As Allie says to Meg, “Sometimes I swear you know what I am thinking before I do.”  The love between Pat and Bella has developed over decades, evolving from a tenuous friendship that overcame considerable obstacles, growing stronger and deeper as the years went by.

For these wonderful women, friendship is a code they live by; if one is in trouble they all come together to comfort, offer advice and to just be there; a light chasing away the darkness. With friendship leading the charge, laughter invariably comes along for the ride, ensuring that the experiences are sweetened and that memories endure.

As for me, I am reminded daily how lucky I am to have learnt how to gain, grow, and treasure friendships. It has been the most important and most rewarding lesson of my life.

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cover_times-of-our-lives_500x8001“Growing old is not for Sissies…”

Set against the backdrop of OWL’s Haven, Australia’s first exclusively lesbian retirement community, an irreverent cast of residents share their lives, hopes and dreams together.

At 65, Meg Sullivan is very clear about what and who she wants in life. Despite a string of lovers Meg’s first loyalty has always been to her best friend, Allie Richards. After reading about OWL’s Haven in a magazine, she knows the lesbian retirement village would be perfect for them both.

Allie Richards has shared the best part of her life with Meg. For over forty years they’ve travelled the world, and love and trust each other completely. Moving to OWL’s is perfect, as a new group of friends join their comfortable circle of two.

Pat and Bella have been together for nearly fifty years. To them OWL’s represents the secure and loving community they rarely experienced in the homophobic Sydney of the 60’s. But life is never simple, and safety is sometimes elusive as they face their own personal challenges.

Through laughter, tears, and joy these woman prove that no matter what your age, you’re never too old to fall in love.

Times of Our Lives is Jane’s first novel.  If you would like to read about the fun and antics at OWL’s Haven, you can pick up a copy at the Ylva Publishing webstore or at all the major online bookstores.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my stop on the Ylva author blog hop. Next up is Lois Cloarec Hart on February 15. You can read what she has to say at  http://canadianlesfic.com/blog/

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