That’s what I’ve been doing. So this time, I’m going to tell you what NOT to do. My 14th book “Searching for Sarah” was published a few months ago. Somehow, everyone thinks an author immediately launches into a new work, so I’ve been battling the questions of “What are you working on now?” At first, I just looked vague and said “I have a few ideas”. Later I tried to look mysterious, as much as to say: “It’s a secret that I don’t want to give away.” Then I lied and said: “I’m working on what will probably be my swan song – after all, I’m 86, I can’t really expect to be around to write many more books.”
The truth is, I know what I want to write. And I really hope to start it soon – but somehow I can’t get started. Maybe it’s the weather – I love the Summer, but here in Jerusalem we’ve been having a long heatwave – every day around 37 degrees. So I write a little bit in my head, but that’s where it is still sitting. It’s going to be for my family, not the general public, and I know the title: “Stories I Never Told You.” We are blessed with a very large family – my 4 wonderful children have given us 18 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren ; but the latter have only known me as an old lady. I want them to know me as I was – my childhood in Melbourne Australia; my four siblings; my trip to London where my life really took off, and I stayed for three years; my first experiences as an adult living an independent life there; (I may have to censor it a bit!); my adventures Youth Hostelling my way around Europe with my schoolfriend Marie, who sadly recently passed away; my return to Australia and my work in advertising; my early success in writing short stories, poetry etc. Getting married – becoming a mother. I really want them to understand I was once as young as they are now and the lessons I learned along the way.
I’ll get started soon. Maybe not tomorrow. Maybe when the heatwave ends … I tell myself every day – just do it! I was delighted to receive a parcel this week from Miami, Florida, of 10 copies of my very favourite novel “Esther – a Jerusalem Love Story” which has a lot of my own story in it, although I wrote it as fiction. Much of it is my life in London; and my heroine is a war correspondent in Lebanon in 1982, just as I was. As it’s been out of print a few years, anyone who wants to buy a copy should contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org ; I also have available my new novella “Searching for Sarah”. My publisher here delivered some copies to me today of “The Pomegranate Pendant” – my first novel which was made into the movie “The Golden Pomegranate”, but a bookseller asked for them before I even had the chance to unwrap them, so I’ll have to order more. These little distractions are stopping me from embarking on my new project, so I want to reiterate – don’t prevaricate like I am doing. The only road to success as a writer is to write – and I’m going to start again very soon!
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