I was born quite a few years ago and am not dead yet – something which a few of you out there could be forgiven for thinking, given the long gap in my writing career.
So why return to it now? The easy answer to that is the advent of self-publishing. Last year I started making my back-list available in e-format through Amazon and Smashwords … and re-discovered the joy that writing used to give me.
Titles already available are The Marigold Chain, The Parfit Knight, The Mesalliance, A Splendid Defiance, The Black Madonna and Garland of Straw.
As you can see from the sample, I’ve already started work on the next book in the series – The King’s Falcon – which I hope to complete and publish in the latter part of 2014. Sooner, if possible!
It’s a time-consuming business and I love every minute of it – mainly because I now have the opportunity to revise and extend in whatever way seems good to me. The basic outline of all my previous books remains the same but there are now sections within the pages that never occurred to me twenty years ago. Look out for the bracelet sequence in The Black Madonna and you’ll see what I mean.
So what do I do when I’m not writing – which is most of the time, actually. Inevitably, I read a lot. I enjoy dancing – salsa and belly-dancing, mostly; and I’ve had a lot of fun over the years out of amateur dramatics – my favourite role ever probably being Miss Adelaide in Guys & Dolls. My husband and I also travel a lot, both abroad and in the United Kingdom. Recently, we moved from Shropshire to the lovely medieval town of Sandwich in Kent and are enjoying getting involved in the local community.
Finally, aside from actually writing, what’s the best bit about giving my work a second airing? Hearing from you, the readers. What else? Contact me and you’ll always get a reply.
P.S. I’ve just completed a Q & A on Smashwords if anyone is interested!