I first started writing in 2013 (A Creative Writing course with the OU) when the reality of no longer working — in what was a fast paced industry with structure and routine — began to sink in and I felt like I was crawling in my own skin.
In March 2014, three months before I finished the Creative Writing course I began to write the first book in The Saga of Thistles and Roses — For King and Country. My plan had been 50,000 words, YA Fantasy about Randall and Mòrag only. Those two were the only characters that I created on day one. The mind is a funny thing isn’t it? I set out and wrote. I let the fingers lead the mind rather than the other way around. Instead of a shortish novel in the YA Fantasy genre, SoTaR developed into a mammoth saga of five separate but linked series, which I suspect I will be writing for the rest of my life.
I try not to sensor my writing. Everything that appears in the books is in the order and manner in which it was created, often times (with the exception of For King and Country which had some editing by a friend) the story is untouched other than typo and grammar checks. The fourth book in particular has hardly been touched other than to correct typos.
This is not the normal way of things when it comes to writing, this just happens to be how I write. Until recently I didn’t understand how or why I could hold so much in my head and translate it in such a full and complete form straight onto the screen with no drafting. I am glad I have trusted my gut and allowed myself the space to create in this way though.
It was not until December 2016 that I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and all of the struggle since losing any form or routine when I stopped working suddenly made a whole lot of sense; as did my ability to produce fully formed novels by the bucket load with no planning or notes.
Writing helps me work out all the things that I have learned to cope with or mask but that still bother me. I didn’t used to understand that. Now that I do, the act of writing helps me even more than it did before and I doubt there will ever be a time in my life when I am not writing.
If you would like to give my books a try, hop over to the SoTaR tab in the menu bar or over to my author blog thistleyroses where you will find links to the books, blurbs, sneak peaks, samples and reviews I have received are available.
While I am not actively seeking representation (as I WILL NOT cut and splice my writing because someone else thinks I should. MY READERS COME FIRST… NOT YOUR PURSE) if you are an agent or publisher who has read my work and would like to approach me to take it on board, I currently retain all the rights to my work and my door is open. Just understand that when it comes to the content, you have about as much say as you do in what socks I wear. If you REALLY want it and see the potential in it beyond the pages of a book, I am open to offers.