I love writing books, and 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 bloody GOOD one! To be honest, I didn’t really know how, but I never let go of my ambition and once I started writing and learning, I never stopped.
It was tough, because the small mediterranean enclave I lived in 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 who were as passionate about the written word as I was, and hence, ‘Rock Writers’ was borne.
I mingled with some great local writers, created author events and writing competitions to help others achieve their goals. I made meaningful connections, not only with aspiring writers but with best-selling novelists, publishers and editors based in the UK.
Goals and achievements.
Finally, I confidently (well almost confidently) published my first book after more than a year of solid research and writing.
A year after its publication my book reached classic kindle bestselling rank in Historical Fiction categories multiple times. My initial target was to sell 100 books in one year, (a target I initially thought was impossible and just a ‘never gonna happen‘ pipe dream.)
I ended up achieving thousands of sales, and some great feedback from media and readers.
I couldn’t have been happier than when my physical paperbacks were deposited in the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, the National Library of Scotland and Trinity College in Dublin.
So dreams are possible right?
Even when dreamt on a little Rock.
My focus in helping others.
Today I reside in Edinburgh, where I continue to lend my knowledge to aspiring writers in workshops within the city.
I guide. I listen. I teach them what I learned. How I did it and why.
I love seeing new writers discover their potential. I know how tough it is to stand out in a crowd and struggle to have your work appreciated. It often feels like everyone is fighting for that same sweet spot.
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 about winning, or the number one spot, or how many sales I can get. (As nice as these things are.)
It’s more about the scary, blind-folded, unknown journey ahead and the strength that you somehow discovered to keep going. The way you carried hope around like some kind of pocket charm, clutching on to it when your constant companion named, ‘Doubt’ weighed you down.
Success is about saying ‘Nah, I’m not going to give up,’ even when your nose is touching the wall.
It’s about what kind of person the whole journey made you become.
Get in touch.
I’m always happy to have a genuine email fired into my inbox. I talk a lot about writing, it’s what I do best. (Otherwise it’s just going to be about the laundry pile-up, or the weather, right?)
Drop me a line! Tell me your dreams.