Being a Writer

It was my dream to be a published writer before the age of sixty and I just made it by a few months. I then sold nine Regency romances to Robert Hale and seventeen shorter Regencies to DC Thomson for both of their pocket novels lines. All my books then went into large print with Ulverscroft. I also wrote six books for an online, American, digital publisher called Musa. I had already stopped submitting to them when they ceased trading.

In 2012 Amazon introduced the Kindle reader and a friend said that as I had such an enormous back list I would be the perfect candidate to start self-publishing with them. I was so lucky to get in at the beginning of the e-book boom – readers did not have such a big choice in those days and having almost thirty books to put up I would immediately get traction.

The first six books I did my own covers but soon realised if I want to succeed I needed to have professional help. JD Smith was also starting out as a cover designer and again it was fortuitous that I was one of her first writers. All my covers are done by her and I consider her expertise has gone a long way to making me successful as I am.

To return to the title of this post – sorry that I wandered off topic. When I first started writing full-time I lived in the middle of nowhere, rarely had visitors and the Internet haven't really taken off in the same way it has now.

Writing was what got me up in the morning and kept me up at night. My husband was well then and he was my beta and proof reader. The books that went up on Amazon first had already been published so I gave them no more than a cursory read through. Big mistake! I'm slowly taking down the Hale books and proofing and editing them myself.

My husband has vascular dementia and I am his carer so cannot leave the house at all unless I have a carer in to replace me. I get up at five a.m. in order to do the necessary social media and get some writing done for I'm get him up at eight o'clock. He usually goes to bed by five so I can get back to the computer for an hour to then before I get brain fog and have to give up.

Some people might call me obsessed – I work every day of the year unless I'm away from home and have no access to my computer. I am a writer, this is what I do, it's how I define myself nowadays. Other parts of my life have not worked out as I might have hoped but in this one area I've achieved my dreams and consider myself a success.