Maria de la Mann
  • Maria's own story

    Upon obtaining her diploma from art school, not to mention being filled to brimming over with artistic talent, Maria embarked on her first career as a freelance artist. She painted murals for the bedrooms of lucky children and also portraits, many of beloved pets for 'their humans' to treasure. But, as many a freelance artist has found before, the work often just didn't pay enough to cover the rent and the weekly bills; so she took a job as a cartographer for British Gas to help make ends meet. This was of course hardly an artistic environment in which she could thrive, but undaunted (a trait she would always possess), she continued taking art commissions when and where she could, also taking to her other love in life - making music...

    She was a prolific writer and before too long she had a book full of original songs. With her songbook and her talent both as a singer and a percussionist, she soon attracted interest from record companies. She recorded demos and her performance highlights included some spots at London’s famous Mean Fiddler venue. All was going really well, and with her trio 'The Butterflies' she recorded even more demos and played even more gigs and worked hard at her day job too .. and recorded .... and played ...... and worked hard ........ and then was taken ill with a virus ....... an illness from which she just couldn't seem to recover......

    Eventually she was diagnosed with M.E. (sometimes called C.F.S.)........ and....... had to stop .............. everything.

    Undaunted (that word again), she resolved to write and illustrate a book based on her ongoing experiences of living life with the poorly understood illness of M.E. while, at the same time, trying to stay relatively sane and preserve her sense of humour. A few years later her first book, Verity Red’s Diary: a story of surviving M.E., was published - much of it having been written from a horizontal position! Since then she has published more books, and is always working on another…

    She remains undaunted.

A warm blanket of cats... purrrrrr....

Photo Gallery

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Rather pooped after writing on the beach...Scratching head, trying to get brain working!Completely organised, of course.Keeping mummy company.Mummy is exhausted.Guarding book while mummy sleeps.Cats are a cuddly comfort to a person with MEMary made me smile every dayMurphy was an inspiration

And the last word, from Paddy

"I didn't munch your manuscript mummy. It wasn't me, honestly!"