Archive | July, 2012

I Am A Writer!

26 Jul

I was happily walking my two lovely dog’s this morning in the sunshine, and passed two ladies who I know to say hello to. Whenever they see me out with Alf and Dodger, my dogs, they always stop to give them a bit of fuss. Of course, now the dogs know free fuss is readily available, the poor women cannot walk on by without at least a pat or two.
As it was such a lovely day, none of us were in much of a hurry and we got chatting. One of the women asked me what I do, and reluctantly I replied, “I am a writer”
Why reluctantly? because even though I have now got two novels out there, I still feel like a bit of an imposter. I can’t quite get my head around it. Writing is something I have always wanted to do. In fact, it is all I have ever wanted to do, if I’m being honest. It never feels like a job, it never feels like work. Every word I write is written with love and passion. That might sound yucky, but it is true.
I have just joined the famousfiveplus.com author’s page and I am very proud to be included as one of the gang there. My photograph is up there, along side some of the most talented authors it has ever been my privilege to read. So much talent, it makes me feel very humble. To be included amongst them is very exciting for me.
I hope in time I will say “I am a writer” and not feel self conscious or an imposter. It has taken me a long time to get this far. I live in hope that one day I will stop having all these self doubts and start believing!
One final note… the very nice dog loving ladies I spoke to today have Kindles, and wrote down the details of my two books, Poppy Days and Angel Girls. Who knows, I might even have inadvertently drummed up a couple of sales.

Out In The Ether!

20 Jul

Well, I can only apologise for being away too long. I’m sorry, I’ve been neglecting you. I can only make one excuse really, I have been working hard to finish my latest novel, Angel Girls. I did it, it’s out there in the ether, sitting on the virtual Kindle shelf! I took the plunge and yesterday it was publish and be damned!
Wow, it has been a busy and worrying time. I wonder if every writer has the same evil little harpies as I do whispering in their ears? the insecurities that whisper that I’m only playing at this writing malarkey, that tell me I’m not good enough, that I couldn’t write a decent manuscript even if I became suddenly possessed with the spirit of Charles Dickens himself? well, enough of my insecurities. I had to get over my crisis, and give myself a damn good thrashing.
There comes a time when you have to stop clinging to your manuscript as if it was a life raft in a stormy ocean and let it go on out into the ether..
On the plus side, I feel I must say a few words about the tremendous support I have received from other authors. In particular I would like to thank the lovely Carol Wyer, author of Mini skirts and laughter lines. Carol is an extremely talented lady who is always ready to offer kind words of encouragement and help to any budding author.
Another lovely lady I have had the pleasure of speaking to is Sheryl Browne. I loved her new book, Somebody to love. She has also given me much encouragement and been kind enough to purchase my book Angel Girls on its first day of release.
I think all writers need a bit of positive feedback.It spurs us on and keeps us going when the harpies whisper in our ears. Recently I had the comment that all writers dream of. Someone said they had read my novel, Poppy Days. They never usually read, they said, but my book had been recommended to them. They couldn’t put it down and it has inspired them to carry on reading. That’s all I could ever hope for!
Well, it certainly shut the harpies up. At least for a little while…