O Canada…

oh-canada

Here’s throwing out a belated, but very warm welcome to my new reader in Canada. I have no way of knowing who you are, but thanks to the data provided by Amazon, I know in which country the purchase was made. Welcome aboard… I hope it entertains and pleases.

It’s inevitable, when you throw your hat into the creative ring, that someone is guaranteed to ask the age-old question; “What will you do with all that money, when you’re famous?”

It began like this… at an age so long ago that I can’t even recall, I had an idea for what I thought might be a good story – but did nothing with it! I mean, what did I know about writing books? When I left school, the career choices I made had nothing to do with the literary world – in fact, for several years, the closest I ever came to having a ‘Best-Seller’ in my hands was while thumbing through new titles on the Newsstand at Strathfield Railway Station!

Over the next 30-odd years, as much as I tried to ignore them, the ideas kept coming; sometimes they came months apart – sometimes, in a flood and all at once. But, doubting my ability to turn them into something other people might find read-worthy, I developed a strategy for ignoring them.

By the time I reached 50, like the buried box in the movie ‘Jumanji’, the ideas were drumming so loud in my head that I could no longer push them away. I stared at a blank screen on my computer for three days before I struck the first key… Goth (a story I only ever wrote for myself, to prove I could actually do it) wasn’t going to be held back any longer and, though riddled with spelling and grammatical errors, all 500 pages were out just 12 weeks later. I started my next title straight away and the rest, as they say…

For me, writing is something I feel compelled to do. I don’t think much about fame or financial gain and would never measure success in such a way. Success, for me, is realised when my current work is completed and made available to an audience – let them decide the merits of what I’ve created. The way I see it is: if one person reads one of my titles and has something favourable to say about it, then other people might also enjoy reading it. People should have access to an author’s work no matter where they live – and if a story is good enough to captivate a reader, then that reader can become an advocate.

The challenge for me then, since making the decision to place my stories in the public domain, has been about doing what I can to raise an awareness of my presence as a writer and an interest in my creations. I’m at my absolute happiest, not when the bell rings on the till, but when I register the sale of one of my titles in another country – particularly, one where I’ve not sold a book before.

Welcome, my new and anonymous Canadian Friend. In years to come you’ll be able to say: “I knew him before he was famous!”

 

gg… over and out!

 

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