"Where do you find the time?"
- Honeymoon Heist, which was published in February, was started in 1996. Around the scene where they hide in plain sight on the beach I got into some major writer's block and didn't write any more for several years. I completed it, finally, in 2009.
- Landscape in Oils (title will change) which is due to be published in the Summer, was inspired by the idea of a friend (Debbie from Llangoed) I worked with in an Estate Agent's office next door to Bangor police station. I left that job in 1995 and I think most of the story had been written by then. Three years ago I took it out, dusted it off and started sending it to publishers.
- Haven is being republished (in slightly revised and updated form) this year, ten years after its original release date. My publishers, Walnut Springs, felt that readers of Christmas at Haven should have the opportunity to read the others in the series. (Unfortunately I don't have the manuscript any more, and so I am having to scan in the whole book.)
- A World Away, ditto.
- Christmas at Haven is the third in the Haven trilogy. I wrote it in 2001 and 2002, intending it to be published right after the first two, but it was rejected and has been on the back burner since then.
I spent all of last year writing a fantasy novel called Emon and the Emperor. It's currently doing the rounds of UK agents. It may be several years before it gets published, and then, again, my work colleagues can ask, "Where did you find the time?" and I'll say "2010".
Seriously, though, I find I write better in the evenings when my body slows down and my brain speeds up. Tonight I am taking my daughter to Mutual (our church youth group) and since it's a long drive home again just to turn around and go back to pick her up, I'll be shutting myself in a room in the church with my laptop enjoying some blissful peace and quiet to revise Emon.
Where do you find the time to write?