This month’s inspiring woman is Mary Wesley who also happens to be one of my favourite authors and my own ‘go to’ inspiration as a writer. Why is she my inspiration?
In 1944 she met and fell in love with playwright and journalist Eric Siepmann who was also married at the time. With a German father and Irish mother he was not someone whom her family approved of. However she and Lord Swinfen divorced in 1945 and Mary went to live with Eric. In 1952 they finally married having had to wait until Eric’s wife would agree to a divorce. They moved to Totnes in Devon and lived very happily together until Eric’s death in 1970. They had one son together.
When Eric died Mary was bereft and left with little money. She had to sell her jewellery to support herself. She also knitted and sold her creations to others for whatever they would pay. Like the heroines she would go on to create she was a strong women who battled through difficult times and the loss of love.
I have no patience with people who grow old at sixty...
Sixty should be the time to start something new,
not put your feet up
What I love most about Mary Wesley’s story is that although she always loved writing it was not until later in life that she really found her voice and with it came a depth of wisdom and understanding of human relationships that are often rare in the work of younger authors. You can read Mary’s obituary from The Guardian here and find her books and biography over on my Amazon store. I absolutely adore all of her books but my favourites are ‘Not that sort of Girl’; ‘The Chamomile Lawn’ and ‘The Vacillations of Poppy Carew’. If you haven't read her books yet and enjoy intelligent romance novels then I highly recommend giving them a try.