For years I have written stories about anything and everything. Inspired by work , travel, family and events. But the best stories usually evolve from a small observation. A character on the street, a conversation or just a strange turn of words. Anything can spark a story and result in a hurried note on the back of a Kitkat wrapper.
I started marketing my work two years ago – mostly short stories for competitions and magazines. The rejections stacked up to a rather impressive heap until I was published in ‘The People’s Friend ‘. When the letter arrived – not the usual bulky one with the returned manuscript and ‘thanks but no thanks’ – but a wonderful acceptance letter in a long white envelope, I was euphoric. I had sold a story.
Here we go, I thought! Onward and upward. So I returned to my keyboard and my short story writing with renewed vigour and an ever so slightly swollen head .
Then three months of nothing !! Oh well at least I had copies (lots in fact) of the magazine to prove that I at last had made it into print. But what had that story got what the others hadn’t? I still do not know the answer to that – it certainly was not the best one I had written. I suspect it was down to the right story, at the right time, landing on the right person’s desk .
Anyway, abandoning short stories for a while, I decided to work on my historical novel, having fallen in love with the Napoleonic period – not hard when you live close to historic Jane Austen country. So the story of Hetty Avebury and her pressing need to find a hero was created and finished about a year ago .
Since then I have been seeking a publisher – another round of submissions , synopsis, suspense. Then…… drum roll
I am delighted to announce that my novel Only a Hero Will Do is due to be published as an e-book in July 2012 by Musa publishing under the Aurora Regency imprint.
The first hurdle over – the next is spreading the word. Please re-visit my website/blog for updates of Only a Hero will Do – and other things! .