Welcome to my first Blog entry – it’s taken me a while to get into Blogging, but now that I have, I ‘m going to try and make it a regular occurrence!
If you’ve looked at my profile, you’ll know that my first book is due out in three weeks’ time.Â Let me catch you up on how I got to this point.Â Several years ago, I was stuck in a job that I hated.Â One of the people I worked for had just joined Friends Reunited and was trying to convince me to join up too – I logged on, but found that I had absolutely nothing to say about myself.Â Nothing of interest compared to the managers, company owners, jounalists, IT professionals, etc that my former school mates had become.Â So, I decided to write a book.Â I sat down one evening and I typed and I typed…and came up with a whole chapter.Â That was seven years ago!
In November 2005, my mam told me about a national competition to find an “Undiscovered Author”.Â I wasn’t interested as, deep down, I knew I didn’t stand a chance.Â Now, read carefully, as the next bit is a little confusing: on 31st December 2005 (coincidentally, as well as being New Year’s Eve, it was also the closing date for the Bookforce “Undiscovered Authors” competition), I was clearing out my emails and re-read one from a gentleman called Mark Jones.Â He was the star of the show Boogie Nights 2 (which I’d seen in Blackpool during October 2005) and I had emailed him after seeing his website in the show’s brochure – I hadn’t believed that he would actually reply himself, but he did.Â I happened to mention that I had seen him in Blackpool when I was there for my birthday, and said that I was feeling old at the age of thirty-one.Â He responded, saying that he’d done more since he’d hit thirty than he had in his twenties.Â I re-read that message, and thought, “What the hell! I’m not over the hill at thirty-one – I’ll give that competition a go.Â What do I have to lose?”Â So, minutes before the deadline, I cobbled together a synopsis, attached my single chapter and hit the ‘send’ button before I could change my mind.
I’d put it out of my mind, only to receive a phone call in February 2006 to say that I had won the Fiction category for the North East of England!Â I couldn’t believe it – I laughed and cried at the same time.Â The only drawback was that there was no completed book…yet.Â What you also need to know about me is that I suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – I look ‘normal’ but spend most of my time completely exhausted, even after a little activity.Â It’s a hard condition for people to understand.Â Basically, I spend time in bed or resting, to store up the energy to go somewhere or do something, then following this activity, I spend time in bed or resting to recover from it!!!Â Fortunately, writing is something that I can pick up and put down when I can do very little else…Â The rest,as they say, is history and my book, Karma, is due out soon.
From now on, I want to document what happens next.Â The book market is a very competitive one, and I don’t have money to throw around in order to promote or market my book.Â How much can one little, sleepy person do to compete with well-known authors and large publishing houses?Â Well, there’s only one way to find out…