I wrote my first novel at the age of 13. It consisted of 100 pencil-written about a girl whose dad won the lottery and unwittingly ruined her street cred and lost all her friends!
Over the years other, longer, novels followed this one into the bin until, following a redundancy in my day job in my twenties, I dared to submit the statutory ‘synopsis and first three chapters’ to a publisher.
Back came the answer: ‘Has promise: send us the rest.’ Cue panic: I hadn’t written any more than three chapters!
I’ve learned a lot since then. Several literary agents and publishers later, with a list of fiction and non-fiction books commercially published, I am now enjoying the freedom of self-publishing online.
I don’t know whether e-books will ever totally replace ‘real’ books but it’s great to have the option, as well as the paperbacks that are accessible to everyone. For a list of all the versions, see ‘Book List’ – a drop-down from this ‘About Me’ tab.
Numerous times, I’ve ‘retired’ from writing, only to get the bug again a year or two later. Writing articles for magazines, newspapers and online publications continues, and blogging has also proved to be fun, as well as engaging with social media such as Twitter and Facebook.
Reading, like writing, is a creative activity. Readers who engage with a story enter into it and read their own story between the lines. So – happy creative reading!