Firstly I would like to wish each and every one a Happy New Year and, as Miss World would say, let’s pray for World Peace 🙂 I never really understood the point of saying that until I watched ‘Miss Congeniality’ and then it all made sense.
And yet another year bites the dust. How quickly they seem to fly by. But what an amazing year it has been for me. I have seen the dream of holding my first book in print. It has been such a roller-coaster experience for the last ten years or so. I was surprised by the way that the characters took on a life of their own and I found myself asking ‘but would she really do that’ when I wanted to guide the story one way but they wanted it to go somewhere else. I waited nervously for the first people to read ‘Petals of a Rose’ and was so relieved when each piece of feedback filtered back saying that they really enjoyed it/when is the next one coming out!
I recently watched ‘The Hours’ for the umpteenth time and remember feeling strangely comforted by the fact that Virginia Woolf lived in two worlds because I think that anyone who writes much will know just how that feels and how disorientating it can sometimes be. But I wouldn’t change this for the world. How exciting to be able to make decisions in two lives – one real and one imaginary.
It’s something that can’t be taught – you’re sort of born with the desire to delve into these dark/curious places, snoop into the secret lives of these paper people and slip them into the world – not necessarily born with the talent to write, but the desire can nurture the talent.
I don’t want to forget that for many, many people each and every year is a hard year, but when the end of the tunnel appears and the hurt, pain and worry go away – which will always come – it is such a wonderful feeling and my aim is to reach as many people as I can to help them see the light at the end of the tunnel. I hope that you’ll join me.
Thanks for listening 🙂