Actress in her own write.
Maureen says: ``I lost a great deal of weight and grew weaker and weaker. Even though I had countless blood tests they could find nothing wrong with me.'' It was only after she almost died that doctors discovered she was suffering an extremely rare illness - tuberculosis of the ovaries. Maureen eventually regained her health but learned that her illness had taken away her chance of ever having children. At first, Maureen resumed her acting career. Then a friend encouraged her to write a children's play. ``I had written all my life,'' says Maureen, ``but I had never thought of writing as much more than a hobby.''
The play was well received and Maureen's career as a writer had begun.
Her sixth novel, Unauthorised Departure, is a love story combined with a murder investigation. She says: ``It took me six years to get over the devastation of not being able to have children, but you have to.
``And who knows if I would have had the energy or the time to write as well as act if had become a mother - that I'll never know.'' n Unauthorised Departure, by Maureen O'Brien, pounds 16.99.
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|Publication:||Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Jan 18, 2003|
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