It’s a funny thing, writing. I don’t know how other authors feel about it, but quite most days I sit happily tapping on the computer, my thoughts on hitting my word count for deadline day. Then an email will pop into my inbox or I’ll get a lovely review, and it makes me take pause. A smile grows on my face as I read how I’ve kept someone entertained for hours from the other side of the world. Now I’ve exceeded a million book sales and it has blown my mind. I had a sneaking suspicion I was coming up to it, I even made a banner for my social media page. But even so… seeing those figures in black and white made me feel a swell of gratitude to everyone who has supported me along the way.
Writing Is Not Work
Being an author can be a solitary life, and social media is fantastic for sharing news. Having said that, I’d hate to be seen as someone who is constantly tooting their own horn. I love what I do, but creativity is fuelled by inspiration. I’ve seen lots of wannabe authors give up writing since I published my first fiction novel in 2015 so I try to motivate when I can.
To me, writing isn’t work. Not compared to my last job in the police. I count my blessings every day that I get to work my own hours and have the backing of so many people who help me achieve my goals. Yes, there are times when things don’t pan out and you don’t want to write another word. In the early days when you doubt yourself you need something to cling on to.
I used to love stories such as these – an ordinary person hitting milestones and writing full time. This story about Amanda Hocking fuelled my writing motivation for months. Mel Sherratt, Angela Marsons and Martina Cole are other female crime authors who have provided so much inspiration. It makes my day to hear that I’m inspiring others now too. So if I come across a little narcissistic please forgive me. But I’m a strong believer in paying it forward and if I help just one wannabe author to keep going then my work here is done.
It would be remiss of me not to express my gratitude. It takes more than one person to make a book a success. I’m hugely grateful to the fantastic people who have helped me get this far. To my family for believing in me. To Bookouture for taking a chance on an unknown author and signing my first six books. To the Madeleine Milburn literary agency and the fantastic team at Thomas & Mercer who I am privileged to work with. Last but not least, to the bloggers, reviewers, book clubbers and of course… the million readers who have bought my books. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I can’t stop smiling and it’s all down to you.