I really cant believe that The Obsidian Mask will be out in a couple of weeks! Apart from the joy any writer has in seeing their first book on sale, this is really something of an achievement for me, in more ways than you can imagine.
Aside from the fact that it's been on and off for many years, writing when I could between raising my children, there were other underlying problems why it took so long.
Creative writing has always given me much pleasure, ever since I was a young child. I have a vivid imagination and have never had any difficulty in that department! During my Middle School years, I would make any excuse to write much more than was required. When the English teacher would put the three Essay titles up on the board for us to choose one to write for homework, I would usually write all three essays, and hand in the best, or sometimes all three, if I couldn't choose which was the best.
But the problem was the spelling. Because of my difficulty to spell properly, or even see where the mistakes were, my stories, to my dismay, were always returned to me with the neat pages of my best writing, ruined by large, red circles around every third word or so, accompanied by a large 'SP'. This was always so depressing for me, especially when at the bottom of the last page, she would say something like, "Wonderful story, but shame about the careless spelling, Caroline." Or , "I was touched by this story, what a pity you didn't care to check your spelling!" Or once I remember she wrote, "I shared this around the staff room, the content is first-class Caroline, but as usual, ruined by your sloppy spelling."
Handing a dictionary to me really didn't help. When I eventually would find the word in a sea of similar words, I usually copied it down wrong anyway! It is because of this spelling dilemma, that I never ever imagined that what I wrote would one day be shared with anyone else!
That is, until I got my first computer.
Now the red lines on the page are my friend, not my foe, as Spell Check has really became my closest ally. Now there is no stopping me!
It took a decade or so to write the first book, and under a year to write the sequel, Secrets Of The River, which will be released next year. Book three is now under way, and I am so enjoying being able to write freely, without having to change sentences around in order to avoid a word that might be problematic. Spell Check has really been a blessing.
And the best thing of all, is to be able to share my stories with you.
I hope you enjoy them,