OK, the reason I’ve started blogging: I’ve written a book. Well, I’ve written two actually.
My husband convinced me to start in November last year (2009) and in December, in between work, kids, shopping and Christmas, I started on a couple of ideas. They’re still there, but unfinished, because in January I woke up one morning, gripped my pen and this particular story just poured out of me. I couldn’t stop it. Every day when I woke up I thought I knew what would happen in the book but, lo and behold, it went off and did its own thing. It was organic; I couldn’t train it as I might the passion fruit in my garden. The plot twisted and turned, it became unintentionally steamy; I couldn’t prevent it from happening, the characters were doing things I hadn’t even conceived of.
4 weeks, one dirty house and starving family later I had finished it. I spent the rest of February typing it up – yes, I know! Why didn’t I type it up in the first place? Well, that’s not the way it happened and I can’t explain it, but the imaginaiton section of my brain only speaks to my hand when it is writing.
After I typed it up it was full of spelling and grammar mistakes – mainly because I type too fast and exceedingly badly – and I haven’t been back to read it. But I still printed off a copy and gave it to my mother-in-law who loved it. I feel I am only now ready to go back and correct it. The book is too alive for me to have done it any sooner, I would just get caught up in the characters and their lives again.
I proofed the first three chapters and am in the process of sending it off to agents, so let’s see what happens.
The book? It’s called Golden Obsession. Maybe I’ll post a section if I get enough requests…..
In the meantime I have finished another novel (without a name). The characters and situation they found themselves in drove me to tears; it was very emotional so I was glad to finish it. I haven’t typed it up as yet.
I have also started on a YA novel and a teen novel as well as the other two I started in November.
My 10 year old daughter is upset as they are all far too adult in material for her to read. I have promised to cut out the sex scenes and douse it a little so she can read it – it may be a while before they are ready for her.
Goodnight. Thanks for listening.