To be an author is interesting – for one thing I feel shy with publicity and, for another, you have to get out there to promote, promote and PROMOTE your book. But I don’t want to rub my books in people’s faces. I don’t want that to be the only thing I ever talk about. Often my stories are so personal, I don’t feel the need to discuss the plot and action – for me it takes the magic away. I’ve known some people for years who still don’t know I’ve written books. Why? Because it’s not something I talk about much.
The fact is I simply love writing and see it as a form of therapy, which almost gets me into a hypnotic/meditative state. I simply LOVE it. But do I earn anything from it…hell no. Why? Because people don’t know they are out there. And the one’s that do are like me – quiet and reserved.
The marketing side of writing a book makes it stressful. I don’t like it much. Don’t get me wrong – I do enjoy popping into schools and talking about my books and seeing the children become inspired and telling me their own stories. I just see too many authors on Twitter and Facebook – day after day – posting similar (if not the same) adverts for their books. It’s tedious. But what else can authors do. In today’s world, people are needing to scrimp and save. Books and paintings are a luxury, not a necessity – and there are thousands upon thousands of books out there to choose anyway and, when some are free, why pay?
I wrote my first trilogy 11 years ago. It was so exciting. I had dreams of making it big. My dreams grew and grew – like a balloon – and eventually, after a few months…the bubble burst. I sold 1,000 books locally, but I still couldn’t get a publisher interested.
I decided to go to college to gain several qualifications – including a degree and I became a teacher at the age of 38 years old. Before that, I was a teaching assistant for 6 years and, before that, a stay-at home-mum raising my three children.
In the last year, I started writing again, after a long break. I’ve found it hard working 45-55 hours a week as a teacher and finding snippets of time to write in the evening, while balancing everything else. However, I feel so much better mentally and emotionally for writing. It helps to calm my busy mind as I conjure those images in my head – like a film being played. Words are powerful – they can make people laugh or reduce them to tears.
All I can say is, I don’t write for fame (though I’d like some more money – who wouldn’t?), but simply for the love of writing.
And for all those writers out there – don’t ever give up your passion for writing, no matter how frustrating it is to get your book out there and noticed. You never know … !
For now I wish you all the best in your craft! Happy writing folks x