A woman of many talents and many interests, the lovable Carmel La Rocca told us all about her love of reading, writing, and the importance of learning in an age where television and the internet overwhelms.
“I love reading; writing, I don’t get a lot of time to do but it’s fun,” Mrs La Rocca said.
Mrs La Rocca recently joined a writing group in Griffith which has helped her find that opportunity to explore her talents when she otherwise would not find time.
“It shifts your mindset when you’re writing – you think differently.”
Mrs La Rocca said she one day went through her computer files and came across an old story she had written and was surprised it was done by her hand.
“It was really interesting,” she said. “I think it was about my journey to Italy.
“I’ll have to try and find it again – I think I would really enjoy writing if I started again.
“When you just let your imagination go – it must be good for you. It helps you download your thoughts and take a lot of pressure off you.”
Mrs La Rocca, who loves thrillers said that John Grisham is one of her favourite writers.
“He’s intriguing; a very clever writer.”
If something catches her eye and sounds good, she’ll read it.
She also enjoys non-fiction works; a thirst for knowledge driving her to read about science- or technology-related subjects.
And, when asked what she is currently reading, Mrs La Rocca laughed, “Nothing at the moment”, but she is putting Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre next on her list.
Mrs La Rocca said it’s very important for more people to pick up a book; do some reading or writing.
“The best thing is the imagination,” she said.
“You have to take time out and do these things – or the days just slip by.
“You need to sacrifice the thought that you need to be inspired or need to finish a work, instead do a little bit then come back to it.”