I was more nervous for my second radio interview than for my first. If you want to listen to it you can find it here. It is the 27th November edition and will be there for 7 days. I come on about 15 minutes into the show.
I thought I was going on to talk about my latest book, The Lifetracer, and was having a panic that I wouldn’t remember what was in the book. That can be a problem when you are writing, you move on to the next thing and it is the new characters who are uppermost in your mind. I had only sent them the press release and book cover. As it turned out they must now have a file with my name on it and had dug out information I had sent them for last time I was on. They wanted to talk about the huge step giving up a successful career to go back to the beginning as a writer. It was a scary time. You only have to ask my husband how grouchy I was as I went through the transition from having an income and recognition to starting again at the bottom. In a day to day job there are little boosts along the way, the odd thank you and at the very least a regular income. As a writer the boosts come at odd intervals and occur when a reader likes your work. It can come out of the blue or be in response to a book release. There is nothing that keeps a writer going more than hearing that readers enjoy what they write. It can be fairly lonely, sitting in isolation, putting pen to paper. Ok, so when you write fiction your characters become your friends, but if you then talk about them in an everyday sense to people in the outside world they have you committed! Social Media sites are some of the best things for writers. You get immediate fixes when people like your posts or make good comments. It’s like a little ‘fix’ of the confidence drug.
It’s now 8 years since I left the ‘real’ world behind and I wouldn’t go back. That seems an odd thing to say as I’ve started to build my own real world business in Alfie Dog Fiction. We’ve moved on at an incredible rate since I set it up 18 months ago. Even my car now sports Alfie Dog Fiction marketing sings. This time, if we are successful and grow it will be on my terms. The dogs will always work by my side. The standards we work to will always be set by me and it will always be about our writers and readers and not about company profits.
In the meantime I’ve committed Alfie to finishing his manifesto as our next book out. Then I really must get back to the novel I’ve been working on. When you love writing and reading as much as this, why would you do anything else?