Really excited that my book is now live on Kindle. I am now praying that people will read and enjoy it – and if possible – leave me a review (preferably a nice one!)
As mentioned before, the book (originally entitled ‘Lucinda’s Luck’) has been a long time emerging into the light. The heroine came into my life one day at a writing workshop near Oxford in 1999. I was sitting in the garden writing – and had a vision of a girl in old-fashioned dress climbing out of a window and down a tree. (This sort of thing happens to writers a lot – most of us are in our own little world and quite harmless!)
Bits of the story emerged over the next few years. I wrote several novels and a lot of poems and magazine stories. I joined the Romantic Novelists Association New Writers Scheme where you can submit a novel a year for a full critique. I created ‘Lucinda’s Luck’ in about 2007 as a 30,000 word Pocket Novel. By the time I’d finished the suggested revisions, the word count for the Pocket Novel had increased to 50,000. I put the novel on one side and got side-tracked by the publication of two more novels and lots more poems and stories.
A few years later, another plot strand occurred to me – this increased the word count to 70,000 – too long for a Pocket Novel.
I wrote another Pocket Novel and put Lucinda on the back burner, uncertain as to what I was going to do with her. Then, one evening while browsing on my computer last autumn, I read about Endeavour Press. Their submission guidelines stated that writers should do a 100 word summary of what their novel was about and also submit a short biography. I did this. It took ages to find the right 100 words! The following day I heard back from them, requesting the full manuscript. There were obviously edits and changes to be made – but this has led to something I never thought I’d live to see – the publication of my first historical novel.
What I’d say to any writer is, keep a notebook for the strange bits and pieces that occur to you. Write them down. Believe in them. You have no idea where they might lead you. I now have another regency heroine currently stranded in a bluebell wood – I’d better get back to her!