I apologise that it’s been a while since I wrote a new blog. The reason – I was finishing my novel “Searching for Sarah” – my 14th book. All kinds of emotions fight for supremacy … relief that I managed it; but sadness at parting with the characters I’ve been living with for such a long time. As any author will tell you, they become as real as the members of your own family … you laugh with them, cry with them, ache at their losses and celebrate their achievements.
I always write my fiction in long-hand into a notebook; I find that writing it straight on the computer somehow interferes with the creative process, so I am now involved in typing my words into the computer. I make a few little corrections as I go along – sometimes I find I’ve used a certain word repetitevely and I need to find a synonym; sometimes the punctuation needs correcting. But basically, after all these years of writing, I find there is little to change. Now I have to let go, and think if – at my age – I should start a new project. As I am an optimist, perhaps I will!