I am a life long reader of books, and a writer. The thought of going anywhere without a book, or a notepad and pen is just intolerable. Any spare moments I have involve reading, writing or exploring potential story ideas. I know it is important to enlighten you about myself, so here are a few facts:
- I wrote my first book when I was nine. I was well into Enid Blyton’s St Clare’s and vaguely remember writing a boarding school story (I used to dream of going to St Clare’s).
- I wrote my second book at seventeen. I still have it – three exercise books sellotaped together. It was a story about growing up on a council estate in West London. If I rewrote it I’d probably get sued as I fell out with a couple of the characters (as you do).
- I’ve been writing on and off ever since but didn’t complete my first novel draft until I discovered Nanowrimo in 2009
- I grew up on corny scifi: Flash Gordon, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica (and of course Star wars, but that doesn’t slot into the corny category). I also used to read my brother’s Eagle as I loved Dan Dare.
That’s the history done. For those who want some more, here’s the present:
- I completed my BA Honours in English Literature with creative writing (Open University) in June 2015
- I joined the Society for Editors and Proofreaders in October 2014 (UK associaton).
- I entered, and was shortlisted, in a popular screenwriting contest in January 2014 (you can read about that here).
- I was given the opportunity to work as a student intern for Hawkins Publishing group (an independent publisher in California) in 2013/14. The husband was most upset to learn we weren’t jetting over there for a year as it was an online placement. I gained a lot of insight into the submission process and also helped edit three books.
- In July 2015, I finally started editing a novel I wrote in 2009 and have been avoiding ever since. I love editing – I truly do – just not my own. This may not sound like a big achievement if you don’t know me, but for the people who do know me, it’s massive – all their years of nagging me to get it done are finally paying off.
- I’ve helped edit countless novels since June 2014. Some are published, some are still in the pipeline. I have a list somewhere – and if you survived really through all this waffle – well done – I’m impressed.
- At some point in 2015, I lost about two years of my novel edits in what I refer to as a ‘dropbox disaster.’ I’m pretty sure I didn’t delete two years worth of work, but they’re no longer there. So… guess who’s doing some rewriting in Nanowrimo 2015 (and 2016, possibly, maybe 2017, too)?
- In 2016 I entered the Ink and Insights writing contest (apprentice level), received some fabulous feedback and placed 7th out of 113 entries.