Sitting on the beach, looking at the ocean, listening to the waves lap and breathing in the sea air, it is impossible not to feel inspired. I love the ocean and cannot imagine living very far from it. For me, the ocean helps me relax and also helps me focus on any issues that I am dealing with, whether it is writing or personal.
Today I am here to move forward with my blog. I am hoping that my blogs will help others to achieve their own goals, in any field.
For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to write and publish a novel, but have always had excuses not to – does that sound familiar? Excuses have ranged from lack of time, lack of inspiration, heath problems, bereavement, personal matters, lack of confidence – the list is endless and I know that many of you know where I am coming from.
Writing a novel is not easy, editing is grueling, publishing is a world of its own and then there is the concept of marketing. All these things take time and energy and each phase has its own hazards and difficulties, which have to be dealt with accordingly. I am definitely not teck-savvy, and on many occasions my laptop, and any other devices that I use daily, have nearly met a watery grave, but I have persevered and the gadgets have survived.
I am a great believer that whatever deck of cards you are dealt in life, it is up to you to make the most of them. I have endured some very dark experiences, but I have so many wonderful experiences too. I have made bad choices and I have made good choices – that is life. The important issue is to learn from each event and be strong and committed to reaching your goals. I am a normal person, who has followed her passion to write a novel. This mindset can be used to reach any goal.
My husband died in 2011 in an accident, leaving me and my two children in quite a mess (understatement). I had to fight to survive and keep a roof over our heads and there was no way my children and I were going back to England. My daughter, Phoenix, was born here in Spain and my son, James, was very young when I decided to move to this wonderful country.
After I had got over the initial shock of my husbands death and had tried to get some normality back into mine and my children’s lives, I found Facebook. Even James was surprised that I managed to set up my own account without help! After adding some people that I already knew to my account, I decided to look at some writing groups. I have made some wonderful friends in these groups and they have encouraged me with my writing goals, and they still do. Many of them say that I have been an inspiration to them – a huge thank you to all my writing buddies. It was through this kind group of people that I found out about NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month. The idea is to write 50 thousand words in November. At first I though this was impossible but I participated for the first time in November 2012 and I completed the challenge, which made me feel brilliant. I am not saying that it wasn’t hard work, because it was, and there were a number of sleepless nights. This is where the seeds to my debut novel, A Few Bad Boys, were first planted.
I have participated in NaNoWriMo every year since, with new projects, but last year, 2016, I decided to complete A Few Bad Boys. It was a wonderful feeling when I wrote the words, ‘The End’ – little did I know – there was still so much work to do. I battled on with my project and eventually it was ready to send to others to read, so they could comment on it, give advice and correct any spelling mistakes that I may have missed. When I received my book back, I made the necessary adjustments and thought I was ready to publish. I contacted a friend, who is like the master of self publishing, and he kindly guided me through all the stages of self publishing and even formatted my novel so I could upload it to KDP. My daughter helped me to design a cover and my partner, Trond, helped me format the cover and the interior, for the paperback version. Before I knew it, A Few Bad Boys was live to buy on Amazon. It was a feeling of extreme success to achieve this. I have learnt a lot during this time and am using my my knew knowledge to improve future projects.
I have been asked to write a sequel to A Few Bad Boys but I am currently working on another crime novel, Survival At Any Cost, which I am hoping to release in October.
I hope that you have enjoyed reading this first blog and will accompany me on this journey. If you have any queries about anything, or have an idea for a topic you would like me to cover, please let me know.
Until next time keep chasing your dreams!