Writer holds life story book launch
A WRITER held a launch for her book which tells the 48-year-old’s poignant life story.
Karen Bridge, who lives just outside Bolton town centre, experienced a traumatic upbringing as well as tragedy, bullying and grief.
Mrs Bridge, who has ME, a condition with symptoms including long-term disabling fatigue, wrote A Promise For My Mother under the pen name Caroline Ward.
Speaking of the book launch and signing, which was held at the Holiday Inn Bolton Centre, Higher Bridge Street, she said: “It was really good. I really enjoyed it.
“I was excited and really pleased with myself.
“People were asking me about what was in the book.
“I didn’t want to give too much away. There were a lot of people asking about how it felt, reliving my life, while I was writing it.”
Mrs Bridge, who worked at the Royal Bolton Hospital for 19 years as an auxiliary nurse and senior care worker, recalls 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.
She went on suffer further trauma but has since found happiness with husband Tom, aged 53, with the pair having been together for four years and married for one. Mr Bridge said: “Some of her friends read the book and said they couldn’t put it down once they started reading it and they’ve been upset by the things that are in it. It’s really poignant.”
A Promise For My Mother is available to buy on Amazon and will be available in store at Waterstones soon.
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