It’s been one of those rather special weeks. A week when I have enjoyed the unexpected, sideline
When I first started writing, all I focussed on was the hope of getting published. I wanted a publisher to buy my story, put it into book form and put it out on the shelves in the bookshops. I remember I said to the Senior Editor I met on my very first trip to London to meet someone from the Mills and Boon Editorial team, ‘I just want to see my name on a book and I’ll be happy.’
Of course there’s more to it than that. When you hope to be published you also hope that people will read your stories. You hope that people – lots of people! – will buy your book and read it, and enjoy it and buy the next one. . . You hope for readers out there in the world. But I have to admit that I never got to thinking about those readers - and other writers - and that they might become friends and maybe even part of my life.
I also never thought, back in those early days, when The Chalk Line was first published, that I’d get to know other writers, or that the internet, email, Facebook, Skype etc would make the world seem so much smaller and people so much closer and communication so much easier.
This was bought home to me in the first couple of weeks of March as it seemed that every day brought another connection, another communication, with a friend I had made as a result of being a writer. Someone I would never have met up with, or even communicated with if it hadn’t been for this unique job I have.
March has the birthdays of a couple of friends – Irish author, Abby Green has her special day on March 3rd , and then Tote Bags ‘N’ Blogs own Lee has her birthday a day later – on the 4th. Next up was a special visit from a dear friend from ‘across the pond’ as AnneMcAllister was always described in the past when my cat Sid and she were great friends. This time Anne came to stay for a few days while she’s in England researching a new book in a quartet for Tule that she’s
Another friend this week let me know that she is embarking on a big adventure later in the year. Rachael Thomas, who was once one of my students at the Writers’ Holiday Fishguard course and is now multi-published in her own right, has signed up to walk the great wall of Chinaforcharity. Go for it Rachael – I’m so happy to support her in this.
And talking of courses, I have another one coming up in Cirencester in April – and then a get together for my birthday in May with some one of the students who have become ‘regulars’ on my courses and are affectionately known as Walkers Stalkers. When I first started writing, I never even dreamed of doing any teaching but now I meet up with ‘stalkers’ regularly - and their company is another joy I never expected to receive as a result of my writing.
Then there are so many people, more widely flung, sometimes known, sometimes never ever met in any way - the hundreds, thousands of readers who have bought and enjoyed my books so that I can continue to write more for your enjoyment. I have had a lot of emails since the publication of Indebted to Moreno and recently one of these was a reader who has been in touch with me since way back when. 15 years or more I think. I love it when readers get in touch with me – and just lately people have been asking just when my next book is coming up. So I’m happy to be able to say that this new story – current working title is Claimed by The Corsican – will be out in February 2018/ I know, it’s a
So while I’m thinking about all these wonderful friends and readers I’ve gained as a result of being a writer – I just wanted to say a great big thank you to all my friends and readers out there, wherever you are in the world. I value you all and appreciate your support and the lovely emails you send me. After all, that’s why a writer writes- to be read and the sales of the books means I can keep going, write some more romances – so I couldn’t do it without you!
Thank you to all my friends and my readers (and Student Stalkers!) Wherever you are, I’m so glad you’re there.