This is the cover of my first self-published book. Using FeedaRead.com’s superb website, I selected and edited my own collection of short-stories. There is no way I would have been invited to produce this anthology by a traditional publisher. I like to think the characters in these stories also tell the story of my writing journey. Some were written long before I knew all the rules of writing fiction. POV, character voice, show not tell, setting, pace, arc, etcetera, were not in my mind – just to tell a story.
Reading them with the wisdom of hindsight, I was pleased to find most of these ‘writer tools’ had occurred naturally. Certainly, at that time I didn’t feel as if I was spinning many plates as I wrote. I remember so clearly the excitment and joys writing these stories gave to me.
As I come to the third edit on my current historical fiction novel ‘Spirit of the Jaguar’, I am trying to recapture that feeling of joy that is essential to a writer. There is certainly little money to be made from fiction writing, unless you are part of the elite top 500 authors. So why do we do it? Because we love the process of inventing and producing fiction through words on the page. So how we present our work to the public, to buy, read or ignore, surely that should be of our own choosing.