… NOT INTERIOR DECORATION – so says Ernest Hemingway. And, how right he is.
Note the thick lines of the outer walls that shore-up the building, and, I’d to think my novels hold up their stories like the beams, joists and building blocks that will hold up the house. I’d also like to think it isn’t the inconsequential detail and the padding that sheer-up a novel, but the outline of a good story, well-penned characters, non-cliched dialogue, and short descriptive passages that will strengthen the structure, not adorn it.
It’s been 2 years this December since I published my first novel. Since then I have released 4 more novels, but only one was written after that first release of TALE OF TWO WOMEN, and one, which was written 20 years before, sat in my drawer until I felt it the right time to publish. American writers call these Trunk novels, and I had several in my trunk.
I am, by no means, an overnight success, as it’s only recently – the past week in fact – that I found all of my books are now being bought, which is very satisfying. It is also this week I discovered I had reached a grand total of 40 countries with my blog, which again is an encouraging sign.
After a very stressful July, due to the loss of a family member, and a Hubby who was seriously ill, I am now ready to finish the half-written crime novel I had to leave for a while. But, once a writer, always a writer. I did manage to conceive two more novels which are incubating in my brain until I can give birth to them in print.
So, to all who have been reading my books, and following me on my blog, a BIG, BIG, thank you, and don’t forget, your comments – be them positive or negative – are always much appreciated.