If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram, you will already have experienced my excitement surrounding my first published article. For those who don’t, you will get to experience it right here, right now!
Apart from wanting to be a pop star, the one thing I always wanted to be when I grew up was a writer. I’ve always had a creative streak (although it is probably a little more than a streak!) and used to write short stories, poems and even songs! As I’ve got older, I’ve blogged and started many-a-novel, but despite trying to get an agent and trying to get published, I never have. It got to a point where I thought that dream would never come true. It wouldn’t have stopped me writing, as it is something I am so often just compelled to do, but of course, one always wants a level of validation when it comes to something we feel we are good at or are incredibly passionate about.
When I started Pin Up Pantry, I never thought about how it would change my life in the ways it has. I wanted to bake delicious gluten free cakes for everyone. I wanted to share the knowledge I had accumulated through my gluten free journey and I wanted to ensure that EVERYONE could share the same cake whether gluten free or not. I didn’t think I would get the chance to become a demonstrator at food festivals, nor did I think I would get to realise my dream of being a published writer, but this is exactly what has happened.
I’ve been an avid reader of Vintage Life magazine for many years and in the back of my head I always wanted to be a contributor, but I never thought I would have anything of any merit to share with them or their readers. I had the idea of creating vintage recipes using different types of gluten free flour in order to educate people on what there is out there and how these flours can be used in dfifferent ways. I contacted Vintage Life on the off chance this was something they would be interested in and it was. My first article was published on 31st August in issue 82.
It was both a joy and a mildly terrifying experience putting the article together, especially for a publication as close to my heart as Vintage Life is.
I have been lucky enough to be commissioned to write a few more articles for them, the next should be in issue 83 then another in issue 85. With any luck there should be a few more to come.
I want to thank Vintage Life from the bottom of my heart for taking a chance on me and for allowing me to have creative freedom over my article. It is an honour and a privilege to be part of such a wonderful publication and I hope it's a relationship that continues on.
Stay Hep, Cats!