These days I divide my time between writing, gardening, my dog & cat, my husband, a bit of line dancing and the normal day-to-day stuff that can so easily consume great chunks of any given month. My writing is split between writing more short stories, collecting ideas for future works and ploughing through my in-work pile.
My latest novel is just about ready to begin the painful hunt for a publisher. It’s called A Wrong Turn and is my first attempt at Crime Fiction. This genre’s new for me but when a friend, Peter, told me I’d have more luck getting attention if I stopped writing books about women and threw in some exploding cars and blood-soaked bodies, I figured I’d give it a try. As it turns out, he gave me some pretty good advice. I’ve certainly enjoyed writing this novel and, if my proof readers are too be believed, I’ve pulled off a work of Crime Fiction. Time will tell if Peter was right about this book getting any attention.
The next book that I’m hoping to find a publisher for is currently titled The Big Drive. It’s non-fiction and is based on an Outback adventure my husband, Frank, and I took. We made it half-way around Australia in eight months of fantastic camping, hiking and crocodile watching. Many of the photos on this page were taken on that trip.
Writing a light hearted book based on reality was a lot of fun and is very different from working on novels. If it goes well, who knows, there might just be a sequel about the round-the-world trip we took immediately after our round-the-country drive. New Zealand to Iceland with a lot of stops in between is at least one book’s worth of storytelling.
I’ve got a Word document titled “story ideas” that I keep adding to every time I have an odd dream or a conversation triggers my imagination. The last time I looked at these I was surprised to see psychological thrillers, dystopias, Sci-Fi, dramas, historical fiction and some that are unclassifiable at this point. I’m not narrowing the field much, at least not in the brain storming phase. As to which, if any, of my ideas will ever make it to their own little book, time will tell.
This is plenty to keep me busy for as much time as I’m happy to sit in front of my computer. I’ve been writing since 2006 and have yet to get bored with it. I see no reason not to keep on plugging away at it as long as it stays as fun and rewarding.