Happy Birthday Unravelling!
Today is Unravelling’s third birthday – cue trumpets, choirs, balloons, champagne and … cake! Birthdays mean cake!
So, it’s three years since the launch of ‘Unravelling’, a wonderful afternoon which nearly 100 lovely people came to. It was the culmination of a dream I’d had since I was a child that one day I would be a writer and have a book published.
I’d served a long apprenticeship writing four novels in ten years when my children were young. I find that almost impossible to believe now, and I wonder if I would have the drive, creativity and sheer determination to pursue what seemed for so long a hopeless goal, especially back then, when there weren’t all the writing courses and groups which have sprouted since. Yes, I had some positive feedback especially for the fourth novel with one agent very interested and Virago writing ‘We’re sorry to be saying no to this’. Also, some minor successes with short stories, but overall, it seemed a pipe dream.
It wasn’t till I was able to take the plunge and leave my full-time job to do an MA in creative writing at Bath Spa that any real success came my way. So, sending my baby ‘Unravelling’ out into the big wide world meant a huge amount to me. I remember feeling quite emotional at the launch despite my joy at seeing people buy it and go away with it!
I could not have imagined then that it would win several awards, that people would get in touch to say how much they’d enjoyed it, that it would lead to so many opportunities. Nor could I have imagined on that day three years ago that I would go on to have more stories published and that my next novel ‘The Piano Player’s Son’ would be accepted by Cinnamon Press and take its place next to ‘Unravelling’.
So, today is not only a celebration of the launch of ‘Unravelling’, but also the day I finally felt able to call/think of myself as a writer! And before the speechifying goes on too long, I think I said there would be CAKE. And cake there shall be!book launch