Former Bolton nurse has book published about her "traumatic" life
A FORMER nurse has landed a publishing deal for a book which tells her traumatic life story.
Karen Bridge, aged 48, who lives just outside Bolton town centre, says she had an upbringing filled with sadness and lack of parental guidance.
Her dad left when she was young, her mum died when she was 10 and she was brought up by her grandmother, ending up at boarding school.
Mrs Bridge, who has been with husband Tom, aged 53, for four years and married for one, wrote A Promise For My Mother under the pen name Caroline Ward.
She said: “About two years ago, there was a lot going on in my life.
“It was absolutely dreadful, there was a lot of stress. I was that upset and absolutely devastated with what was going on.
“I said to Tom, will you write it down for me? So I’ve fed him the story and he’s written it down and we sent it off to some publishers and got this contract.
“I’m really excited, I can’t believe it, I’m just stunned.”
The couple sent the book — which deals with tragedy, bullying, grief and finding happiness despite a debilitating illness — to three publishers and Chiado Publishing snapped it up.
There will be a public launch for the book at the Holiday Inn Bolton Centre, Higher Bridge Street, between 4pm and 8pm on August 29.
Mrs Bridge, who has ME, a condition with symptoms including long-term disabling fatigue, said: “It just deals with the life I’ve had with my grandma bringing me up. We’ve always had our difficulties.
“I’ve had drama after drama.”
The true story of her life is written in the style of a novel, with the names changed, and her grandma, who recently died, is called Pearl in the book.
Mr Bridge said: “Chiado just said that they were looking for outstanding new authors and she had a very strong and emotive story to tell and that’s what pricked their interest.”
Mrs Bridge worked at the Royal Bolton Hospital for 19 years as an auxiliary nurse and senior care worker and is a member of the Bury/Bolton ME/CFS Service.
The book launch will be held on Thursday, August 29, at the Holiday Inn Bolton Centre, Higher Bridge Street, from 4pm to 8pm.
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