Hello, and thank you for stopping by! Welcome to my blog and my world…
Hello, I’m Lisa Ventura, AKA “Cyber Geek Girl”, and I’ve been writing ever since I was old enough to pick up a pen and put it to paper. These days I still write, but I put my fingers to the keyboard and type away furiously!
My background is in marketing/PR and I spent seven years working with Chris Tarrant, the presenter of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” at his management company (that’s a novel in itself)! By day I work in Content Marketing, PR and Digital and I’m the Founder of the UK Cyber Security Association. The UKCSA is the UK’s only dedicated trade association for individuals and companies/organisations who actively work in cyber security.
Following my involvement in Titania Ltd, a leading cyber security software development company which I ran for many years with my ex-husband, my specialist industries are cyber security, data, analytics, digital transformation, artificial intelligence, technology, events and gadgets. This is why I picked up the nickname “Cyber Geek Girl”, which is also the name of this blog.
My life hasn’t gone as I had hoped, there have been many twists and turns to it, especially since I lost my much loved and much wanted son Francesco “Frankie” Enrico Ventura when he was born sleeping on 29th November 2013. My blog “Frankie’s Legacy: Love, Loss, Grief & Recovery” focuses on how I live every day as an “empty armed mother” – someone like me who has given birth, but who doesn’t have any living children.
I love writing poetry and short stories in my spare time and I have read my work at numerous spoken word events in Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and London over the years. I love dogs and I am the proud owner of a gorgeous German Shepherd/husky cross dog called Poppy. She is my world, my main reason for living and she is also the best therapist that I could ever wish for! My family is also my world and my parents mean everything to me – I am very family orientated.
I also have some rather eclectic and strange interests. I have an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of heavy metal music and I love nothing more than listening to the likes of Status Quo, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest, Def Leppard, Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Guns n Roses….I could go on but I think you all get the idea! I am fascinated by all things to do with nuclear war. I am addicted to anything with salted caramel in it. I love nothing more than writing – whether it be for my work for for pleasure.
I’ve been through several close bereavements since losing my Frankie, and I’ve experienced all kinds of grief – grief at losing my much loved and much wanted son, grief at losing my father in law in horrific circumstances when his doctors missed the fact he was riddled with cancer, grief at losing my precious German Shepherd Curley at the age of 12 who was like family to me, grief at losing two close cousins – one to a heart attack at a relatively young age out of the blue – and grief at losing my beloved Aunty before she had even passed away from dementia. All this has given me first-hand experience of all kinds of trauma, grief and loss, but I survived it all (note I am a survivor, not a victim), and I am moving forward with my shoulders back and my head held high, and I’m still here to tell the tale! As the late great poet Maya Angelou famously said, “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour and some style.” I plan to try and live the rest of my life, whether long or short, by that statement.
In 2018 I was diagnosed as #ActuallyAutistic, and from that moment so much made sense to me, especially why I am the way I am. I learnt to cover up the way I really was and put masks and sticking plasters over my behaviour to try and fit in and be “normal”, but I now accept that my brain is wired in a different way and rather than work against that, I am learning to embrace it and all it gives me. It is what makes me….me.
This blog is my view of the world, a window to my life, and I aim to pass on interesting information, reviews, hints and tips that I have learned over the years to anyone who is reading it. It covers many aspects and topics that I am passionate about, and I hope it will grow and develop into a strong and informative resource going forward.
I hope you all enjoy it, please feel free to leave comments or feedback on my posts, I would love to hear from you. You can also find out more about me on my main website www.lisaventura.com, and my business website www.ventureprmarketing.com.
Lisa Ventura – AKA Cyber Geek Girl xx