I’ve been writing all my life, but I only started looking at the business seriously in 2011, after the birth of my third and last child instigated thoughts about why I continued to delay long-held ambitions when my life seemed complete in many other areas. What was I waiting for?
The truth is, I’ve always wanted to write novels…ever since I applied to the University of Oxford to read English as a teenager and didn’t get in. My written work impressed them, but not my interview skills (which were – and still are – fairly woeful). I let it defeat me then, but it stayed with me. One day I would fulfil my dream to write.
In the meantime, I travelled a lot within Europe and became fluent in several languages, I met and married my husband and followed a varied career in digital communications. I wrote and edited a lot of content for other people. Then I marketed it for them – online – sometimes on high traffic sites, the biggest in their respective sectors. Often I thought, why am I doing this for others?
So here I am.
On 14 February 2014 I published my first novel, Borderliners. My second novel, Split Symmetry, is nearly ready for publication and I am busy writing the third, WorldCult.
Posts about writing
How did I get here? To find out more, take a look at all my various thoughts about writing. I’ll be adding more as time goes by.
- I took a creative writing course with Faber Academy.
- Then I kept working, looking at the blogs and thoughts of others along the way. Wired for Story was an extremely useful book, as was On Writing by Stephen King.
- I decided to write every day, and to just write no matter how I felt.
- I made some top ten lists for myself, based on what I’d learned: top ten rules for writing fiction, top ten editing tips, top ten things which might put readers off your novel. I made my own little recipe for novel writing and thought a lot about the art of writing.
- I fretted a lot about the first ten pages of my books, arguably the most difficult to pull off.
- I realised I had to read a lot more, and read as a writer.
- I got to the end of the first draft of my first book.
- I worried a lot about genre, and which genre I was writing in, or if I was writing cross-genre.
- Eventually I decided to do a course on exploring genre. I start this in April, so more about this soon.
- I drank a lot of wine.
- I decided to self-publish. Take a look at my section on self-publishing and production (including editing, cover design and formatting).