I was determined that I would be Enid Blyton when I grew up. My earliest memories involve me straining my eyes by torchlight under my covers, too captivated by the world I was transported to and the characters I met there, to contemplate going to sleep.
I had a nurturing primary school teacher who encouraged me to read as many different genres as I could and to write, write and then write some more. (Thank you Mr Townsend).
As I grew older, while I never lost my love of reading, writing fell by the wayside. Much to my disappointment I just grew bigger and never turned into my favourite author and It seemed ludicrous to ever conceive I would be in print one day. Anyway, I had a job, a family and many hobbies to keep me occupied.
In my 30s I had a car accident and I was no longer able to partake in my hobbies of choice; running and horse riding. I was on the hunt for something new and writing seemed the obvious choice.
Over the past few weeks I have been reading many of your blogs and WOW. I have been blown away by the talent and pure energy that shines through the posts. I have been in tears one minute and laughing the next as your carefully constructed sentences convey so much raw emotion. The subject matters have been nothing short of genius and I am more than a little bit in awe of you all.
So I have set up this blog with no plan, no posts written and no idea where to proceed from here but determined to at least try and post something.
October 2014 – Thanks to the encouragement and support I have received (the writing community rocks) I have completed the first draft of my first novel. Editing ahead. Watch this space…………
December 2015 – After a break in writing due to personal reasons my book is finally, properly finished – squeal!
August 2016 – It has been a whirlwind few months. The Sister was published on July 7th and has already reached no.1 in the UK and Canadian Amazon charts, No. 1 on iBooks and is listed as a USA Today Bestseller. Somebody pinch me! (Or don’t – if this is a dream I really don’t want to wake up).
October 2016 – The Sister spent over 5 weeks at No. 1 in the UK and has been nominated for the Goodreads Debut of the Year 2016.
December 2016 – The Sister is the 6th biggest selling book on Amazon in 2016 – can’t believe it – especially as it wasn’t released until over halfway through the year. It’s going well. Too well I think in moments of panic!
December 2016 – My second novel The Gift is released and has gone straight to No.1 in the UK!!! It’s also No. 1 in Canada and on the USA Today Bestsellers list. Feeling so blessed.
January 2017 – The Gift was Christmas and New Year No. 1 and 5 weeks later is still there. The Sister is still in the UK top 100 6 months after release. Itching to burst into song and have fake snow fall. A real dream come true.