I'm ending this year as a published author in the UK, Italy and US. It's been quite a year, but mainly I've been sitting at my computer writing, just as I like it...
Last night I was interviewed for US radio about CLOSE TO ME. The hardback US version has just published and Quercus have arranged lots of great promotion, despite the fact I'm thousands of miles away and in a different time zone! The interviewer - wonderful Pam Stack of Authors on the Air (who reads 400 books a year!!!) - asked me what's on my Bucket List, and it was really the only question I struggled to answer.
The thing is...all I want is to carry on doing what I love. To perpetuate this constant ever-present desire to elucidate, resonate and create. Everything else, the signings, book events, travel, interviews, literary festivals...they're great fun, and I LOVE doing them, but they're not the main part of being a writer, which is turning up every day to write.
Before I go any further, I should temper my Pollyanna tendencies when I talk about writing with a few thoughts, because in life nothing is ever perfect, not in my experience, and it's important to add a note of realism. My life as a published writer is the fulfilment of a long-held dream, but of course there are good days and bad. When it's lonely, difficult, not happening. Writing is tough - not nursing or coal-mining tough - but it's intense, and esoteric and endlessly challenging. No one does it for you, not even your brilliant agent or editor. They suggest, critique, tease-out better ideas, but it's your book, and you are the one who will write it.
So why is writing so special? Why keep going when you face rejection, get a bad review, or would prefer to scrub out the sink than write another word?
For me it's easy...utter escapism.
When I write I lose myself to a different world, one where my troubles have no place, where I build homes, backdrops, villages, towns, cities, and populate them with people I've never met, who become friends, or enemies, who embody emotions I've felt or observed in others, who say things I would never dare to say, who right wrongs, make mistakes, and live extraordinary lives.
What better job could there ever be?
HAPPY 2018 EVERYONE!
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