Monday, February 08, 2016

MondayBlogs - The Writer Who Didn't Write For Two Years

Three years ago after a routine surgery I got a surprise diagnosis of cancer, stage four. It knocked me into a strange state of numb shock followed by a period of retreat. :(

Retreat from life. From friends. And from writing. I didn't just have a block. I felt like I was a walking black hole and going back to my beloved serious hobby of writing would tip me over the edge of 'keeping the lid' on all my hurts. That was three  years ago. I slowly grew to see how incredibly lucky I was to have a cancer with a low enough grade (slow growing) to allow my stage four disease to be treatable. But that took time.

So this time last year (after two years in the black hole of no writing just reading) I surfaced and put fingers to keys. The result was a book that tumbled out at quite a rate. A departure book too for I'd been writing contemporary romance and this 'new me' turned to the hidden dream pursuit of romantic comedy! Maybe the funny part felt cathartic?

I'd realised that each day is a gift. And the writer in me was finally ready to re-emerge newly formed and keener than ever to just write for sheer joy. I don't think I will ever write the same. And that's a good thing.  At one stage I'd told people I wouldn't write again but adversity helped me find the right kind of writing. Romantic comedy was a dream that lurked because I lacked confidence. What I went through made me seize the day.

In summary - this post is about dreams and how much they matter. Writing what  you really love and what fires you deeply, counts most! The book that broke my writing drought will be released later this year. It helped me breakthrough in more ways than one. Laughter is medicine. Point proven.

#aftercancer #MondayBlogs #romcom #writing

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Wish Wand Wednesday

It's been a while since I checked in but I promise to do better. In fact I aim to come in here and jazz things up a bit regularly.

So to kick off I have a new spot. Wish Wand Wednesday!

If you could design your dream romance book what would it be? The world is your lobster --- go on have a bash. Okay, I'll go first. I've long said I want to read a bigfoot tracking related romance. I crave dark nights and a hunky hero protecting me from the big hairy beast!!! And possibly knocking on trees and acting like a crazynut.

So - is yours a viking?? An astronaut? A kilted highlander from another age?

Or even a Michael Faasbender lookalikey astronaut viking highlander ready to take on Bigfoot?! Come to think of it, sign me up now. So what's your dream book? Tell me. I'd love to know.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Scoring With Sir Has A Cover!

The amazing publishing wizards at Totally Bound aren't just completely fabulous - they've given me the cover of my dreams!

I'm wafting it about like a big diamond cocktail ring. So vury pretty!

And it's inspiring me to get Book Two of Sassy With Sir finished pronto. I really love it. Hope you do too.

Sunday, November 08, 2015

NaNo Phew

A week in - I'm just over 20k.

Some days it is comic brilliance (for like...several seconds!) And then some days it's root canal squared without an injection.

However, I will continue to merrily plod. Because words are progress. And each scene brings endeavour. I'm having a jolly good bash.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015


I'm trotting along with NaNoWriMo. Yes trotting. At quite a speed.

I'm at nearly 9k. In three days.

But - dear reader - it can't last. No. I surely cannot sustain this PACE.

Said the actress to the Bishop.

Sigh. Big big sigh!

Sunday, November 01, 2015

NaNo Ahoy!

So - Halloween is gone and NaNoWriMo had started today! Well - I've begun.
It's going to be a rollercoaster. I'm sure of it. Some days great - others not so much.  But I have started. And I aim to kick my behind every day to get the minimum wordage done.
Nano is here - bring it on. Let's do this!