I love writing books, not just because they became a source of income, but because they connected me with creative and imaginative people.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
Ten years ago, in my small home town of Gibraltar, I had an ambition. I wanted to write a novel. A really good one!
To be honest, I didn’t really know HOW, or WHAT I wanted to write, but I never let go of my dream, and once I started writing and learning, I never stopped.
It was tough, because the small Rock where I lived didn’t have a fiction-writing literary scene. (It didn’t even have a writing group.) So I decided to create one in an effort to meet people and hence, ‘Rock Writers Group’ came to fruition.
I made meaningful connections, not only with aspiring writers but with best-selling novelists, publishers and editors in the UK.
I also created author events and writing competitions in order to help others achieve their goals.
GOALS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
I published my first book after a year of dedicated work and research.
One year after publication The Last Gift reached bestseller rank in a few Historical Fiction categories.
My initial dream was to sell 50 to 100 books in one year, (a target I thought was impossible.)
Instead, I ended up achieving thousands of sales and great features in mags and newspapers.
So some dreams are possible right?
Even those dreamt on a little Rock.
Today I continue to help and inspire ordinary people. I guide them. I listen. I teach them what I’ve learned and how I did it. Helping people brings me real joy.
I love seeing new writers discover their potential. I know how tough it is to stand out in a crowd and the struggle to have your work appreciated.
WHAT IS SUCCESS?
When I am asked about success, I believe that each of us measures success in our own way.
For me it’s not really about winning, or a No 1 spot, or even how many sales I can achieve. (As nice as these things are.)
It’s more about not stepping off the scary unknown journey and there’s a strength that you somehow discover that keeps you going.
In truth I was genuinely shocked that people liked what I produced, but I am so glad that I persevered.
My success came in saying to myself:
” I’m not going to give up, even though I’m not sure I can do this.”
It’s also about what kind of person your journey has made you become.
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