I wrote my first novel to find out if I could write a novel. I wrote the second because my brother died and left two young children, then aged five and eight years old. Writing was a way of coming to terms with his death. I wrote the third (sequel to the second) because the book, Mr. Planemaker's Flying Machine, had 10,500+ downloads for Kindle.
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Thanks for the invite to join the FB group. That's quite sad about your brother - mine died when he was 21 and I was 18. I started writing in 2008 after I had a dream I couldn't shift. My wife told me to go and write about it so I'd go and shut up about it :-).
I had a first stab at a novel in 2009 Over the Mountain - a story about self-harm and suicide. I think it's deeper than the surface and something that you can maybe learn something from. A friend with a formerly suicidal daughter told me it moved her to the point where she couldn't finish it, but if she'd had it back when her daughter was suicidal, it would have really helped.That comment meant a lot to me.
Oh, yeah...she loves reading the books I produce...she reads a lot of YA, and she's my ideal reader and 'Beta tester'; if she says something is broke, I have to go fix it before the rest of the world sees it!
It's interesting, when I get a story I THINK I've finished editing, when I'm happy with it and run it off to Lulu.com for a trial version - then I spot the typos and errors! Something about holding a book in your hands makes them jump out! I've also discovered the Amazon Kindle previewer for PC very useful for that. Maybe it's the bigger text size and lack of font choices.
Shelagh - I'd rather have said this privately, but I can't find an email for you. Thank you for your supportive statement on that other thread on the other side of the pond. Please forgive me if they turn on you and I don't come to your defense but (1) it would only make things worse and (2) you seem well able to take care of yourself. Have a blessed day.