Friday, 1 February 2013
It's getting to a point now, that my characters - sorry, the people in my books -write more of the story than I do. It has always been this way. My first book, "Sanctuary" which I thought was going to be a romantic novel turned out to be something quite different - a bit of romance, a bit of sex, but mainly mystery and suspense. I began writing very late in my life and during a spell of unpleasant depression. A fellow dog-walker suggested I try painting, but I don't have an artistic bone in my body. Her second suggestion was to write. So I started to write, helped in no small way by Michael Jackson's beautiful song: 'She's out of My Life'. I found a new part of me and loved every minute of this parallel life that unfolded each time I opened 'Word'. The first book took me a very long time to write, and was an arduous learning curve, but the thrill of holding the first completed copy in my hand was worth all the hard work. I couldn't finish the whole story in the first book and continued with the second part of what I now realised was going to be trilogy. Once again the storyline in 'Repercussions' was often taken over by my virtual family. On more than one occasion one or other of them would confront me during the night to tell me that "I wouldn't have said that." When I re-read the previous day's writing I usually had to agree! I'm now in the middle of the third part of the trilogy "The Reckoning" and things are just the same. I doubt that my writing will ever make me rich, but the pleasure writing affords me is immeasurable. I just hope that my readers enjoy half as much as I do creating it.