A couple of days ago, as I was working on my sixth book, The Creative Way – out early 2017 – it struck me full force between my eyes: I get to do books for a living. I get to write them, edit them, read them, publish them… I am living the dream. My dream.
And I remember when this was just a dream.
For the whole of my life… before I finally got up the courage to write… and then publish my first book, Moon Time. It was just a dream. And I know it’s still just a dream for many of you. And that getting from the dream to the reality seems impossible. We look everywhere for the bridge, that will take us from here to there.
Most of my work, I realise, is being that bridge.
When did you start writing books? That’s one of the questions I get asked a lot. Here’s the answer.
My step mother just gave me back one of my very first books. Written when I was about ten. (I’d done one on France and a cookbook before it.) Over 60 pages. An intro which is basically an early Womancraft Publishing statement , answer section, pseudonym – She’ll Appear… I think I was always going to be an author/publisher of women’s books!
But between then and my first book at 31, I got stuck. Really stuck.
I thought I had to get a publisher, get a qualification, get permission, be older, be more of an expert… before I was finally allowed to do what I’d always dreamed of and write a book.
Turns out I was wrong.
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