Its been a long time in coming. The original spark came when my boys were small (I did say it was a long time) and after dropping them off at nursery I would arrive at my full time job feeling as though I had already done a day's work.
From there I fleshed out the characters, gave my main character some obstacles, and then threw a few more at her for good measure.
I joined a correspondence course with Writing Magazine and my lovely tutor, Sue Johnson, guided me through the first few chapters and eventually I completed the first draft. Then I edited, once twice and several times more for good measure.
After receiving a critique from the Romantic Novelist's Association New Writer's scheme, I redrafted again and sent to my writer's group. And yes, you guessed it, edited it again (who said writing was easy).
Now my novel is as good as I think I can get it - for now at least. So I researched likely agents, wrote my letter, synopsis and CV and finally sent it winging on its way.
So now I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I doubt that my first arrow with hit the target but you never now, and its certainly got more chance out there in the big bad world than languishing on my hard drive. And in the meantime I've got plenty more projects to be getting on with.
Here's a blurb:
To the outside world Alison Williams has it all: a successful career; handsome husband; two adorable children and a large house in a leafy suburban village just outside Manchester. But Ali is a woman on the edge, trying to hold everything together and failing miserably. When her husband, Rob, chucked in his job and become a student, he also abdicated all his other responsibilities. Now, no matter how much she tries, Ali just can’t get through to him.
If her home life isn’t complicated enough, Ali has the boss from hell who is trying to push her out. When Graham refuses to let her bid on a project which would be good for her career, she goes over his head and sets off a potentially devastating chain of events.
Ali begins to wonder if things can possibly get any worse. And then, one day, they do. Somehow Ali has to dodge the obstacles that life seems to be throwing her and learn how to balance the scales of her life.