About me

 

 

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April 2014

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.

Here goes.

 

Updates

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!

February 2016 – I’ve signed a three-book deal with the dynamic and innovative publishers Bookouture! My first novel, The Sister, will be published on 7th July 2016. So, so grateful.

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.

July 2017 – A year after publication The Sister is still in the psychological fiction top 100 (along with The Gift).

July 2017 – The Surrogate, my third novel was released for preorder and within a week hit the top 40 on Amazon UK, and the top 10 in psychological thrillers, 3 months before publication.

JULY 2017 – Amazon have just released their 6 month report & The Gift is the 3rd biggest selling ebook of 2017 so far and all 3 books are in the top 100 Psychological fiction chart.

AUGUST 2017 – Sphere (Little, Brown) are republishing The Sister & it will be available in retailers for the first time on 24th August 2017.
 

 

95 thoughts on “About me

  1. I understand how you feel. Putting your writing out there for the first time is indeed a scary experience. But I know you won’t regret it. I think you’ll find the community of writers online is very supportive. So go for it.

  2. Congratulations on taking the proverbial bull by the horns! The decision to put your work out there for others to read is the hard part. It only gets easier from here. 🙂 Again, I look forward to reading your fiction. I’m sure Mr. Townsend would be proud. 😀

  3. Fab,
    I’m not familiar with Enid Blyton’s works. I’m an American, if that means anything. 🙂
    But, hey! Come join us at Friday Fictioneers! We have talented writers who are very helpful and will get you through. The Blog Queen, Rochelle, is a friend and cousin of mine and she’s AWESOME. You’ll find your writing will be greatly improved and more consistent. There is a bit of an addiction to it … GIVE IN!
    Also, we ARE a bit crazy, please do bear that in mind. 😀
    Anyway, you seem to be quite the Positive Polly instead of the Negative Nancy. This is good .. BETTER than good. We can get you going. Any questions, contact Rochelle or me.

    Kent

  4. Ahhh, Enid Blyton. My absolutely favourite author when I was a child. The Famous Five, The Adventure series, The Mystery of series. George was my hero and I just loved Jack, Lucy, Dinah, Philip and Kiki the parrot. Thank you for deciding to follow my blog, Louise, I hope you won’t be disappointed 🙂

  5. I’m so glad your nervously sweaty fingers didn’t slip off the publish button. From the story I just read, well… you may be Enid yet!

    I don’t know Enid, but the Adventure Series rings a bell… is that the one about four English kids who get in all kinds of mysteries? I read them as a kid 60 years ago and loved them. I have to google her and see. You may have solved a big mystery for me, as I have been trying to figure out what those books were to tell my granddaughter.

    Nice to meet you.

  6. For me, it was Enid’s Tales of Toyland, Tuppeny Feefo and Jinks, and Six Cousins at Mistletoe Farm (all read by the light of my little yellow torch!)

    Well done for leaping in! Enjoy and be fearless!

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      • Take your time. I know you have so much to do. I tried to pick 15 in the past all the time, but now I really dig deep and search for those that really count to me. Even if it is only 5.
        Much Respect
        Ronovan
        I love your profile picture. It looks so fun. It makes people happy.

  8. I loved Enid Blyton as a child, and still do despite not really reading her anymore. I still have all my books of her’s, especially since they were my mother’s first and I’m hoping to pass them onto my own children when/if I have any.
    [I’m avoiding any ‘modernized’ versions like the plague.]
    Best of luck with your writing!

  9. You go, girl! I love your courage. Write! I always say I will and then I don’t, but I’m not giving up on myself. I’m off to see your professional blog. Again, thanks for stopping by. You got my attention. 🙂

  10. Thanks for visiting my blog. Your ‘like’ was two weeks ago and it’s taking me this long to return the visit … what can I say, it’s been a busy month (again). I’ve enjoyed reading your short fiction – you have a definite talent there.

  11. Maybe it’s more about not letting your fears control you rather than being fearless. Fear is a normal human emotion. When it cripples us from doing what we so desperately wish to do with our lives, it has overtaken our drive for living. It may be quite possible that we will always have to deal with various forms of fear, but taking action in spite of it is what makes us powerful. If we try to live up to the name of being fearless, we may be trying to attain a goal that is rather inhumane. However, this is not to say that you can’t overcome your fears just that fears may always find their way back to us. It’s about responding instead of reacting to it, I got that inspiration from life coach Jacob Sokol. His website is a great source of inspiration- http://www.sensophy.com

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  13. This is an admirable post. Your story is amazing and you look and sound so beautiful! Best of luck with everything…keep writing like this and you will have more than a few people interested. I totally agree the community here rocks!! 🙂 Peace

  14. Hi, thank you for the follow. I am a big Enid Blyton fan too and reading under the covers by torchlight is something I did as well. I’ve been enjoying your fiction and am now following you too. Sophie

  15. Welcome to the world of blogging and writing. A daunting world and not for the faint of heart, but oh so exciting. I love the name of your blog and it says everything. Thank you for stopping by the Cow Pasture. I’m so happy you liked it well enough to jump the fence, welcome. I look forward to many conversations in the near future.

  16. Greetings. Thanks for stopping by my blog and “liking” a few of my missives. Above you mention “the writing community”. So far, I’m encountering a lot of individual bloggers/writers, but they don’t seem to form a unified community. Am I missing something? Thanks.

  17. A very life affirming story to hear that you finally achieved your childhood dream despite the obstacles you faced. Best of luck with the books. 🙂

  18. I had a smile on my face the entire time I was reading this. CONGRATULATIONS … on all aspects. You joy radiates through the computer screen. It’s a well deserved success. Your writing is captivating. There hasn’t been anything I haven’t enjoyed. I’m so pleased I was able to be introduced to your writing through Friday Fictioneers.
    Isadora 😎

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