First Blog as an Author

on Monday, 24 September 2012. Posted in Archive

Well, here we go!

I started my first novel, Beyond Fragile Boundaries, on the 1st of August 2012. It was a strange sensation and one that I now cherish on a daily basis. Writing is the most fun I have ever had sitting on my office chair!

I set myself a task of 3000 words a day which I am proud to say I kept to and then 4 weeks later, almost 90,000 words had appeared and I was able to tell my family.

At first, my only confident, apart from my editor and lovely friend Frances, was hubby John, who has cleaned and cooked and sat on his own each night whilst I type away. His belief in me has been the main driver and I cannot tell him how much that means to me.

Then, with trepidation and even before it went to edit, I printed out manuscripts for my two biggest critics – my Mum and my eldest daughter, Amy.

I waited nervously to hear their thoughts and for the rest of that day all was silent. I was terrified. Maybe it was crap and I was kidding myself. The next morning I work up to a text from Amy:

DSC 0493FYI. I cannot stop reading to sleep. I’m enthralled, and I have read a lot of books since March.

My Mum came in later in the day. She was grinning like a Cheshire cat and said

’Oh, Oh, I’m speechless. Can’t put it down. It’s very raunchy darling. Can I take it you are writing from experience?’

Needless to say that I did not answer that.

So, all looked good. Now the big test. Ed! Also known as Frances. I waited for ages as she was on her holidays, but then I received a text a week or so later, which read:

Loving the overall theme of being true to self. It’s SO a book for women that all men should read! Expresses lovely power of gentleness and femininity. A commercial winner!

Boom! I was in. So, we are now in full edit which takes quite a while and we have made some changes and thickened the plot even more.

I am looking forward to going out to promote my work, so if you have a gathering that you would like me to come to, please let me know. All I want is to bring my books.


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