Keeping Control

The Emancipation of Jenny Dobson

by Sharon Mawdesley



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/9/2007

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 336
ISBN : 9781434308887

About the Book

'Keeping Control' is a 'Rites of Passage' story with a twist. Set in the mid 1980s' in a small town in the foothills of the Lancashire Pennines, it tells the story of a teenage girls' desire to break away from the trials and tribulations of family life, and become an independant woman. Unfortunately the route she takes to meet these aims turns out to be disasterously wrong, and she finds herself involved with a man whom she expected to be her saviour, but who turns out to be anything but.

Many of us will be able to associate ourselves with the problems that beset Jenny in her search for happiness. This is a story about real people having to face up to real problems in their everyday lives. We have all had to deal with similar situations - we all survive them to varying degrees. At some point, we have to take control of our lives and do what we think is right; at times like this, we learn who our friends really are.

I have tried to make this book amusing and light-hearted, but just as in real life, there are serious matters involved here, and a darker theme emerges as you read on. Life can never be a bed of roses, it's just a case of how often we are pricked by the thorns. 


About the Author

I have been writing for as long as I can remember, but have only  recently got down to business and written a book. At 54 years old you may think that this is a little belated, and you are probably correct, but in my opinion if you think something is right, you should just go ahead and do it, however long it takes. We only have one life, it isn't a rehearsal, so hey, I gave it my best shot. I hope you like it, but if you don't, I enjoyed doing it so at least it made me happy!

Most of my previous writing has been involved with work. I have been in Sales all my life and find the psychology of selling a fascinating subject. I am currently working on a book about the methods used by direct salespeople, which could potentially save money for anyone considering home improvements - it may not be good for my career prospects, but the only books I have ever seen on selling techniques are written for sales people, and I think it's about time the general public got to know a few of the tricks! 

I have written a few short stories, one of which, 'Strawberries for Tea', was published recently in the 'Northern Life' magazine.

I have been married to my beloved Graham for 35 years. I have a daughter 36 (yes, I know!) and a son 33. I have three grandsons, a young man 18 years old and twin boys of 18 months. I live in Bolton,  but spent much of my life in Rawtenstall, which gave me the background for 'Overdale' around which my book 'Keeping Control' was based. There are several strong characters in the story, whom I hope to write about in future novels.