Thanks first of all to Heidi-Jo for asking me to take part in this feature on her blog about my path to publication. Heidi-Jo gave me some questions to answer for the feature and so here goes!
Have you always been a writer?
I suppose I could say that up until recently, I had only ever dabbled in writing. When I was young, I used to write poetry but I wouldn’t want to share that with anyone! It was only last year that I started to do some serious writing. I’d been having quite a difficult time personally and had decided to change to part-time working as a way to ease the burden a bit. Then, in April of last year, I had an idea for a story and I sat down to write it with no idea of where it might lead me. By the summer, I’d written 70,000 words and when I changed to part-time working in September, my writing naturally became something for me to do. I’ve got the bug now and enjoy writing as much as I can, whenever I can.
What prompted you to join the RNA NWS this year?
I think I first found out about the RNA at the Festival of Romance last November and when I discovered that there even was such a thing as a Romantic Novelists’ Association, I couldn’t quite believe it. Then I read about the New Writers’ Scheme and it seemed perfect, especially because I knew that I would need a professional assessment of my manuscript at some point. I didn’t expect to be accepted though because I knew that the competition to join was fierce so I was delighted when I managed to get through.
Have you attended any events?
I joined my local RNA group and have been to lunch with them a couple of times now. I attended the RNA’s Summer Party in May and I’m looking forward to the Conference. I have found everyone so friendly and so willing to share their expertise. It has been really heartening as a newbie to be so readily welcomed into the fold.
What are you planning today with the MS you submit?
I have recently received my NWS report on my debut novel, ‘From Here to Nashville’ and I was very grateful to my reader for the constructive feedback I received. I have made a start on the final revisions now and I plan to self-publish once I have had a professional edit and proofread and sourced a professional cover design.
What are your literary aspirations?
My dream is for my writing to become my full-time job and for me to keep doing it!
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