I’ve been blogging two years now and have enjoyed every post I’ve ever written. In the past few months I’ve realised the direction I wish to go, which is not to be a commercially successful blogger,(as if it ever was) but to write, and this weekend, Valentines Day to be precise, my first ever short story was published.
It is part of an anthology of love stories. Yes you read that right, ‘Love stories’. Not exactly a genre you might associate me with. When I got the invitation to write a story for it I admit my first thought was “Romance, I don’t think so”. However writing is all about challenging yourself, and exploring new thoughts and ideas so I began to think ‘maybe’. I didn’t have a lot of time as the finish date was within days of my invitation, but I’m good under pressure and an idea blossomed.
I remembered an elderly gentleman I had nursed many years ago (who I wrote about here in “The lie that haunts me”) . He was a ‘true Dub’, a rich and rare character. I renamed him and remembered the love I had witnessed as a young nurse, between him and his wife. Before I knew it my story was told. I called it ‘Goodnight Jimmy’, and having written it I realised there were many different types of ‘Love’, which my narrow mindedness needed to appreciate.
So for those of you who may be interested it is available for kindle download here, “The Little book of Love”. It is a book of short stories, so an easy read which will set you back all of £1.48. If you do decide to download it I’d be thrilled and if you left a review I might burst, or at least raise a glass of wine to you later!
It has really been an eye opener to see how difficult it is to put together a book like this. Writing is such a small part of it, followed by the cover design, edits, and other technical things I know nothing about. Finally there is the promotion. I must admit this part I find so very difficult. Even writing this post is not something I find easy. I dislike asking people to look at what I have done and to actually suggest they buy something, well that’s in another league of mortifying altogether. However a lot of people put huge effort into this book and my story is part of what they are promoting, so it is only right to support their efforts and do my bit.
Now I must go away and get my hair done, as I’m sure an agent will be on the phone shortly looking for more of my work!
****Just an add on, as far as I know this is the link for all of you in the US who are going to race out and buy it! ‘The Little Book of Love’.