Monday, 17 November 2014

Welcome

Hello, and welcome to my blog.

For those who don’t know me allow me to tell you a little about myself. I’m a bit of a late starter when it comes to writing. After intensive study I took up my metaphorical pen as a bit of light relief. An initial ten week course had me hooked, though in fact I was hooked by that first session. I spent the first few years learning and honing my craft – not that writers as a breed are ever satisfied with the finished product – before selling my first short story, followed by another (to date) twenty-five. In addition my attempt at sci-fi won me a place in the anthology Fusion while another gritty story appears in the students of The Write Place anthology Things that go Bump in the Night. Most of my work though comes under the genre of Contemporary Romance.

I have been part of a weekly writing group going by the name of Dingbats for some time but three years ago I joined The Write Place Creative Writing School (TWP) in Dartford and it was this that acted as a springboard and set me on my career path. Having become as comfortable as one can be, this one anyway, with short stories, I expanded my horizons and embarked on novels. I received a huge amount of help from the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s (RNA) New Writers’ Scheme and my first book was taken up and has just been published any under the title Safe Harbour.

I was extremely lucky to have an industry one2one at the RNA Conference this summer which resulted in me securing an agent when Lisa Eveleigh of the Richford Becklow Literary Agency subsequently agreed to represent me.

While not purporting to be as wise as my three friends at the top of this page, I’m doing okay!

This is not my first blogging experience as I have for the past year been part of a five hander, WriteMindsWritePlace Blog, as well as managing the RNA Blog with Elaine Everest. Now feels the right time to dive in and launch my own blog…wondering here if that’s a mixed metaphor. Please feel free to pop in and join me any time. It will be a pleasure to see you.



28 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your new blog! I look forwrd to dropping by and reading what is happening in your busy writing life. x

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    1. Thank you, Elaine. It's good to get it off the ground

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  2. Let me be the first to say hi and to wish you all the luck in the world for your new venture.

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    1. Thank you, Viv. I really have learned to appreciate the generosity of the writing community

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  3. Oh, Elaine beat me to it by about two seconds!

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  4. Darn...beaten again - those two are hot off the mark. Love and well dones.....oh and did you know that your 3 wise friends (who are very handsome! ) are not visible on the mobile site on android only on the full web page???

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    1. It's not often anyone gets off the mark before you, Shelley. My three wise friends are beautiful, aren't they, and no, I didn't know they weren't visible on android. I'll have to look into that one.

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  5. Lovely blog :) Looking forward to reading your novel.

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  6. Thank you for your lovely comment, Karen, and I really hope you enjoy the novel.

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  7. Good luck with your new blog, be warned its addictive but great fun !

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    1. Thank you for your encouragement, Sally. And for SALLY on SCILLY written in the sand, which I found written on your site. Made me smile

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  8. Hi Natalie, what a great start to your new blog. I really like the feel-good impact of your photo, and your three wise friends! Wishing your new book every success. Jane

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    1. Jane, I smile every time I look at the owls. I shall try to live up to them. Thank you for your good wishes

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  9. Hello Natalie. Nice Owls. Your book wasn't available the last time I looked on Amazon but it was great to see your name there - back where you belong! Have fun talking to the world. Linda

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  10. Yes, they're a hoot aren't they...sorry! Thank you for trying, Linda. Official publication date is 20th November and although the paperback is already available (I know, I had to buy one didn't I?) it may be that the e-book isn't yet.

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  11. Wow. Another giant step in the writer-world. Congrats

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  12. Thank you, Bonnie. It's certainly been a huge week for me.

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  13. Nice start, Natalie. Good luck with all your writing pursuits.x Francesca C-B

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    1. Thank you, Francesca. A hectic but enjoyable week.

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  14. Huge congrats on the release, Natalie!

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    1. Thank you, Will, and thank you for popping in

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  15. Hi Natalie. Lovely to read your new blog and congratulations on the new release. Love the three wise birds! x

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    1. Thank you, Carol. It's been a manic week but so enjoyable.

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  16. Hi Natalie - good luck with your book and your new blog. Why not come over to my blog soon and have a chat?

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  17. Hi Marilyn and thank you for coming. Just had a quick look at your blog. I'll be over to chat soon.

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  18. Adore the owls! It's all very exciting. Good luck with the new site.

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    1. They're pretty cute, aren't they. So nice of you to drop by. Thank you

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