Snow glistening in the weak morning sunlight

Gently pulling the bedroom blind up this morning I anticipated a view that corresponded to my inner child. Thick, deep snow, glistening in the weak morning sunlight, enticing me to pull on my thick Aran sweater, woollen tights and old Levi jeans. I am such a dreamer at times, carried away by my imagination, which instead of waning as I approach a new decade, (not letting on, which one) is more active than ever.

Despite the double glazed windows I could still hear the gentle roar of the wind, which held a promise of the lull before the storm. However, much to my disappointment and contrary to my expectations, the sleety snow was disappearing into the ground, leaving just a scattering of residue between the blades of grass on my lawn.

Oh well, maybe later I can walk through the snow, as according to the lovely and lively Des Coleman who reads the weather forecast with such joy in his voice , there is likely more to come.

For now, I will settle for a nice mug of tea, sat beside my cosy fire and once more remember my happy childhood, when I played in the snow with my siblings.

54094138 - woman resting with cup of hot drink and book near fireplace copyright Alexander Raths

Publishing my first novel – my journey from writer to author

Publishing my first novel has been a very interesting journey. It began in August 2015, starting with the words, “Your manuscript was brought to our attention at the latest board meeting when we discussed its potential and the possibility of it being published. Having read all of the reports, I can confidently state that your work was found to be an interesting and enjoyable read.”

The day the letter arrived with the publishers name on the front of the envelope, my husband met me at the front door waving the letter in his hand as I made my way from the car, having just worked a full day shift at the GP Practice where I work as a nurse. I don’t know who was the most excited as he stood by and watched me read the letter.

Publishing my first novel - signing the contract - extreme macro close up of female hand signing a contract - copyright Karel Joseph Noppe BrooksBy early November I had signed the contract thereby entering into the unknown world to me of publishing. Fortunately, my son was familiar with business and commerce, having his own company, therefore he guided me in all matters related to this side of publishing.

For me personally, writing the book was the easy and most enjoyable part of the journey. The real work began with the proof reading, in all I proof read three copies of Alice! Fortunately, the publishing company have been very helpful and provided great support. Whilst writing my debut novel Alice, and through the production stage, my family have been very supportive and thus I have acknowledged and dedicated the book to them.

I guess for me, the most exciting part of this journey was when I saw the book cover featuring my author name. It was designed by Anna-Lisa of Globeflower Holistic Marketing and she designed it to reflect the nature of the story.

I have now been given the publication date of Alice which is to be at the end of this month (January 2017) and I eagerly await the arrival of my own hard back copies of the book. Publishing my first novel is very exciting,  especially as I have spent years reading the latest novels by bestselling authors such as Marian Keyes, Jojo Moyes and Phillipa Gregory.  I am enjoying my journey and will keep you all informed of how its progresses.