When I wrote Curse of the Djinn last year I was very cut off from the world. I didn’t like talking about my writing, the plot, the plan, nothing. Even to Mark. I allowed him to read one or two things to get his input, but that was it. I loved the creative process, I thought about the story incessantly and kept checking my facts and research. I really shut myself off from the outside world in this respect. It wasn’t even superstition that caused me to clam up, I just couldn’t figure out howto talk to people Djinn. I suppose it is because it was the first book I ever wrote all the way through – start to finish – and I even named it. I love the name, I’ll be honest, but I don’t think it will last as most people would think djinn mean gin and then the title means something entirely different.
Sorry, went off on a tangent there…so, the main aim for this tiny blogpost is:
Writing is a lonely job – even if you brainstorm ideas with a friend or partner. You genuinely need to look up from your keyboard now and again and realise that others out there are doing exactly the same thing as you: turning blood and sweat into words on a page.
Which is why this post is a quick homage to my friends and fellow writers I’ve met that help me through the crazy bits. A shoutout goes to:
Mark de Jager who is the best husband an aspiring author can have. Wrapped in his own writing endeavours he gets where I’m coming from and we make time to write together (can you hear the violin playing too?) and brainstorm and boy, those red flyinjg monkey ideas are ace!
Karen Mahoney – she of the fierce looks and sage advice, due to be published 2011 by Flux over in the States (crazy dancing!)
Sarah Bryars who is a constant inspiration and doesn’t think I’ve lost the plot when it comes to wanting to take photos of strangers
Sharon Jones who can answer the most ridiculous religious questions and also remain calm when I start hyperventaliting that she has spoken to Phil Rickman
Sue Hyams a fellow SCBWI member with whom I bonded quite well, I’d like to think and who has her head in the historical past and has such knowledge about history, it’s daunting and amazing. Together with Maureen and Paolo we form Writers INK Critique Group. ‘Cos that’s how we roll!
Maureen Oakeley is an actress, writer, single mom and an amazing person to be around. Also a SCBWI member, her crazy ideas and enthusiasm is a balm.
Paolo Romeo is becoming a dear friend. Stupidly talented with an amazing story in the works, Paolo is a constant inspiration. Being around him gives me a buzz.
Tiffany Trent, established author and unicorn obsessed person of great magnitude and sterling advice has listened to me whinge and whine and never told me my dreams can’t ever become true.
Finally, also, to my oldest big sister: Elize Simpson who has never stopped believing in me, that I can do it.
There are many more people I owe a helluva lot to, but today, I just felt that they needed a nod of thanks for their time and encouragement to me and my endeavours.