I love books and always make sure to have plenty in the house. Visiting our library I’m like a child in a sweet shop, often coming away with ten or more. An avid reader from the age of four, my go to books are always the largest on the shelf regardless of genre.
Over the years thoughts of writing a novel would often take hold, story plots would swirl inside my head. I would note them down, before convincing myself that I didn’t have the time and so into the shredder they would go.
When I retired, I was asked the age old question, what are you going to do now? I remember replying flippantly, ‘write a book of course.’ Instead I took up crafting and sold handmade bags and decorations at Craft Fairs. I then turned my attention to my family history and got totally lost in the past. Spending so many hours researching, finally gave me the impetus to start writing. I found the process a joy and a puzzle, my characters often seeming to take charge, the notes I’d written, ignored.
Kingdom grew to over 400,000 words and was going to be a trilogy, something I’d always wanted to do. Deciding to self-published I had to edit it to within an inch of its life. To help me achieve my goal I chose to work with Matador, an imprint of Troubador Publishing Ltd. With their help and guidance Kingdom slowly began to evolve from manuscript to book form. Even though the eBook was already available for sale, when launch day came for the printed version I couldn’t help but feel a real sense of achievement that my story had at last been made real.
I am busy writing my next book and look forward to seeing where this one’s characters will lead me.
Susan Pennock 🙂