I have been writing stories for what seems like a very long time. I have manuscripts that I completed years ago saved in folders on my hard drive, which I have taken no steps to publish. I can’t quite put my finger on what prevents me from taking the next step into attempting to become a published author. It could be the fear of rejection, or the anxiety of dealing with negative feedback, I really do not know. However, I do know I have been putting barriers in front of me before I have even attempted to walk down the road of becoming a published author.
In the past, I have posted some of my work on-line, but have swiftly taken it back down again, returning it to the safety and obscurity of my computer hard drive.
Anyway, I have finally made the decision to publish, as an independent publisher using Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. The novel I have decided to publish is called Father Ghost. It’s a tale of innocence, betrayal and voodoo, in the most ordinary setting of a single parent household in London in the seventies. I enjoyed writing this novel, using the advice of ‘writing what you know’ and exaggerating the details wildly to turn fact into fiction made creating this piece of work a highly enjoyable journey. The spell check and editing, not so enjoyable, but a task made much easier by using Microsoft Word’s ‘Track Changes’ function. (Why did no one tell me about this before)
There are two versions of this novel available on Amazon, one is the English edit, and the other, the dialogue written with the Jamaican patois which the main character Sharon, would have remembered the adults in her life speaking when she was a child.
Well, at the age of forty-six, I think its time I improved my education, so I have enrolled onto an Open University Creative Writing course. I am due to start this near the end of January 18, so the likelihood is I will not have much time to be working on any novels for a while to come, so wish me luck!
In the meantime, here’s a link to Father Ghost, with free preview available.