I suppose you could trace my writing aspirations back to Christmas 2010 when my wife had just finished reading what I generically termed a ‘Chick-lit’ book and insisted that I must read it and kept on persuading me until I relented. Two days and not much in the way of sleep later and I’d finished. Then I read it again; and again and after another two days, I woke up with this idea for a story in my head. I recall that I was reminded that I hadn’t eaten ten hours and about thirty (probably unreadable) pages of A4 later.
Annie Sanders; ladies, you have a lot to answer for. Prior to this book, I was likely an a typical male reader. You know the stuff. Science-fiction, fantasy. I still read Terry Pratchett, so I can still claim a degree of expected male testosterone, but now my shelves show a majority of Carole Matthews, Trisha Ashley and Miranda Dickinson alongside Mr Pratchett. So perhaps, in hindsight, it’s not that surprising that I write in the genre I do. Whether these books are responsible for the reputation I have as the romantic one in our marriage or not, I have no idea? But they are a continued inspiration which I think is no bad thing.
After finally finishing my first novel, I was fortunate enough to join the Romantic Novelists Association in 2013. Did I know what I’d let myself in for? Of course not, but I don’t think that’s anything to do with my gender. I’m facing the same challenges as all the other authors (please forgive the slip, I’m not published yet, so therefore not an author yet) who’re trying to become published. Perhaps without the thought that goes into the choice of shoes though?
Would I be a saner person without all the writing? Certainly. Would I be happier? Certainly not. I’ve met a lot of nice people since I started writing and made some good friends too. We all find it hard at times to knuckle down and write. After all, isn’t it easier to just settle down with a good glass of wine and put on a favourite old movie? An Affair to Remember comes to mind. Of course it is, but that’s the challenge, if not the fun.
I finish for now by addressing those amongst you reading this who are also aspiring writers. I hope you enjoy today as much as you did yesterday, but not as much as you will tomorrow.
Every fortnight, Mick will be chatting about his experience as a male author in the romantic genre. Mick is a forty-something member of the Romantic Novelists Association, New Writers Scheme. He lives in Northamptonshire and is the proud keeper of a cat bent on world domination.When he’s not trying to write books, Mick has a deep-seated love of reading that he’s brought from his teens to the current day with no signs of waning. He’s also mad on the music of the Beach Boys and enjoys the theatre and humouring his Manchester United supporting wife. Mick can be followed on Twitter
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