The moment I wanted to be an author . . .
With a last name like Kipling, I think that my future as a writer might have been predetermined at birth. . . . . well, at least it assured me a good place on the bookshelves.
Like most writers I’ve always been an avid reader, but unlike many authors I can’t proclaim a life long ambition to be a writer. My dad was a factory worker, my mum a chambermaid, so I anticipated that when I left school I’d get a ‘proper’ job. Being a sensible type of teenager that’s exactly what I did. Unfortunately this means that I don’t have an inspirational ‘eureka’ moment where I realized that writing was my passion. Instead I rediscovered a love of writing in my 30’s while I was simply going about my everyday life.
At school I enjoyed writing and won a couple of story competitions. For reasons that I can’t really remember, somewhere between teenager and adult I stopped writing. It wasn’t until my late 30’s when I started travelling with my job and needed something other than work to fill the long hours spent delayed at train stations and airports that I started writing again.
A few years ago a number of my writer friends decided to take part in a ‘fake’ NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). We’d missed the real event as we’d all been busy in November. I discovered that I thoroughly enjoyed the process of writing every day and it really fired up my imagination. I continued to write at every opportunity; these were mainly failed attempts at novels. Finally about three years ago I had the idea for the Union Trilogy. This was followed by two years of frantic writing in airports, train stations, taxi ranks etc, until Blinded by the Light, the first book in the trilogy, was complete. Interestingly, I found that two of my earlier failed novel attempts were actually a storyline and back story for book 2 of the Union Trilogy. So its seems that the story had been percolating around my subconscious for a lot longer than I realized.
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