Thank you Lyndy for the invitation to write a guest blog for your beautiful new website! I am honoured.
Although Lyndy writes mostly raunchy romance and I write non-fiction travelogues apart from my first memoir, there is still an element of love running through all my writings. So, what better topic to talk about than ‘love’.
We use the word ‘love’ in many different contexts and if you ask four of your friends what the word love means to them, I am sure you would get as many different answers.
The Ancient Greeks Knew a Thing or Two about Love
I think we would all agree that the ancient Greeks knew quite a bit about ‘love’. Did you know they had eight words that correspond to the eight different types of love, if you think about each one it seems as though they had it all covered?
Eros - Erotic love
Philia - Affectionate love
Storge - Familiar love
Ludus - Playful love
Mania - Obsessive love
Pragma- Enduring love
Agape - Selfless love
I don’t think we need the ancient Greeks to tell us that love comes in all shapes and sizes and I found it an interesting topic as I was preparing to write this blog post. It made me think about how it related to my life and writing.
When I wrote my first book, although it was about raising awareness about an adverse side-effect from a chemotherapy drug, I do now know that it was out of love for other breast cancer sufferers and not wanting them to experience what I had. If you had asked me at the time, I was writing it I would have probably said it was out of anger and revenge.
I struggled for years not wanting or willing to accept it until I unexpectedly met my yoga and meditation guru and it was she who taught me how to love myself.
Two travelogues followed and although there was no ‘love’ element, apart from a tiny bit of ‘raunch’, although I doubt Lyndy would call it that, I felt some spiritual connection when I visited Israel.
My latest book has a definite love connection!
Looking at the list above I would pick Storge, although, depending on your definition it could also be compared with ‘Mania’ love.
My love or obsession with Star Trek! There, I said it. Please don’t roll your eyes. Thankfully, my husband is also a Trekkie. Maybe you are asking yourself how could I write a book about my love for all things Trek?
We went on a Star Trek Cruise around the Caribbean with actors from all the various Star Trek series onboard. During the week, the actors entertain you from morning until the wee small hours. They even mix with you when they’re off duty too so if you can try to imagine my excitement when one of my favourite actresses agreed to let me interview her for my book! And there is more. The artists who not only paints and draws for Star trek (CBS) but also creates a lot of work for Marvel comics agreed to an interview with me, too.
We were on a ship full of like-minded people from all parts of the globe, brought together for their love of Star Trek.
I do not know what the ancient Greeks would think about that…
Shirley Ledlie was born in Nottingham, England. She is a former Bella Magazine columnist, author of a memoir 'Naked in the Wind' and two short travelogues 'The Unexpected Pilgrim' and 'Mischief in Manhattan'.
Her first memoir 'Naked in the Wind' is a modern-day David and Goliath story. The main purpose of this candid book was to raise awareness about a distressing permanent side-effect of a breast cancer treatment drug which seemed to be a taboo subject in the medical world while also trying to help other women suffering from the same disfigurement as herself. Some readers have claimed it is an Erin Brockovich style tale.
Two short light-hearted travelogues followed in between writing many media articles and taking part in podcast interviews which focused on the narrative of her first book. It also helped to bring about one of the largest multi-district litigations currently ongoing in the USA.
Shirley loves spending time with her family, grandchildren and taking trips in her campervan.
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