Inspiring Women over 50: Siggy Buckley, Author
As Siggy puts it…”we over 50s can rule the world!”
Author, organic farmer, matchmaker…given all of Siggy’s qualifications…I believe she is one of the most inspiring women over 50 that I know!
She has a new book out: I Once Had a Farm in Ireland. She writes about her experience on her organic farm in Ireland. Funny, touching,and full of information….you will want to read it.
Siggy Buckley Bio:
A former English teacher, Siggy Buckley’s life took an unexpected turn when her husband, a CPA, opted out of the rat race in Germany and made his family emigrate to Ireland to become organic farmers.
Her new life only produced a crop of misgivings and the breakup of her marriage. Single again, she reinvented herself, launched a dating service in Dublin. Remarried, she now lives and writes in Florida. She is a member of the National League of American Pen Women.
My blog: www.SiggyBuckley.blogspot.com
My books http://amzn.to/YzIr9J
When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?
Dreams of becoming a journalist were thwarted early on; I became a college teacher instead.
What or who inspired you to write?
I had kept a diary through my formative years as a farmer’s wife and then as a matchmaker. My now husband encouraged me to put my accumulated memories and experiences into a book while blogging about several topics. Authors who inspired me are strong female voices like Benoit Grout and Irish writer Nuala O’Faolain.
What is your favorite part of your book?
My Favorite part of Next Time Lucky is the beginning of the last chapter on p. 230:
“ Homeward Bound
The only obstacles that could keep us apart were visa issues. A European resident is allowed to visit the USA for up to 180 days a year but only 90 per visit. My first 90 days were up. At the end of January, shortly before I had to leave the country, I started to feel blue.
“What’s up, Sweet-pea?” He wrapped his arms around me on the sofa.
“I don’t want to leave you. For once I’ve found a man I love whole-heartedly, who respects me, who fulfils my needs, and I have to go away for silly reasons like a frigging visa.”
“We’ll find a way. I’ll visit you in Germany next month. And then you come back to me here in the US. Are you sure you want to come back to me or do you want to think about it while you are over there? Maybe make a trip to Spain and check it out as planned?”
“Why should I go to Spain if all I want is to be with you, Connor? Start all over in yet another country? I’ve felt uprooted for such a long time; I don’t know anymore where my home is.” I leaned more into him, and he caressed my neck and shoulders.
“After my break-ups in Ireland, I didn’t know where I belonged.” I continued. “I didn’t want to stay in Ireland any longer and now I miss it. Imagine!”
“Well, it was your home for a while. It all makes sense to me.”
My head snuggled even further into his arm that embraced me. “When I am with you it feels like belonging again.”
Connor took my face in his hands. Our eyes interlocked.
“My poor darling! I want you to be with me, I want to take care of you and spend my life with you. You are my partner, my friend, and my beautiful lover.” He placed a gentle kiss on my lips. “We have so much in common though we come from different backgrounds. Quite extraordinary, really. You are like the female version of me – maybe at long last the proverbial soul mate I have been waiting and searching for all my life. We’ll figure something out.”
“Something will come to us.” This line from Meet Joe Black had tickled us both when we watched the film together. In the eyes of adversity, that couple kept looking for a way to master their future together. Sometimes all you can do is keep trying. “
What have you learned from writing?
Patience, persistence and that Rome wasn’t built in a day.