I have been writing seriously since 2013, when semi-retirement allowed me to devote more time to what I really wanted to do. I published my first novel, ‘The Music of the Spheres’ at that time, having resurrected it from a drawer in which it had been languishing for at least ten years following the disbanding of my writing group.
Two further novels followed in 2014. ‘Deceiving Ellie’ was published on Valentine’s Day and ‘Chickens’ in July, but this was an important year for another reason, as I retired at the end of December and now write nearly every day. I had worked for 13 years as a specialist teacher for children in care and I was a Primary teacher before that. I enjoyed my work, and found it enormously rewarding, but writing was always my first love.
I published two novels in 2015. ‘The Butterfly Effect’ is a psychological suspense novel, dealing with the subject of stalking and ‘The Art of Forgetting’ is about a family mystery that re-surfaces after many years. The story is set against the backdrop of the impact of dementia on the family.
My sixth novel is called ‘The Redemption Trials’ and was published in June 2016. It is a return to fantasy, although there are no mythical beasts in my story. It is the setting that is beyond reality, but I will not elaborate on that now.
My seventh novel is called ‘An Unfortunate Incident’ and has yet to be published. That is because I have decided to give traditional publishing a try this time. I have made submissions to a number of agents and one publisher, just to see if I get any response. The last time I did this was nearly twenty years ago, and I became very demoralised by all the rejections. Nowadays I’m made of stronger stuff, and of course I can always self-publish if no-one is interested.
Novel number eight is in the very early stages of writing. It is called ‘The External Candidate’ and is about a woman who has left her abusive husband and seeks a new life. She applies for a job in a small country school with no expectation of being appointed, and is shocked when she is successful.
Her experiences in her new surroundings are anything but peaceful though, and ultimately put her life at risk.