In my twenties I read a lot. Contrary to what you might think from the rooftops above, Martin Amis was not one of my favourites. Sorry, Marty. In my thirties I tried to decide where to live and moved hemispheres. I recruited a man, and had babies, two. In my forties, we put down roots in Tasmania and I started doing what I'd always wanted to do - writing. I still live with my family in the West Tamar valley, on a cool climate wine route in a premium tourism destination. We farm, my husband makes sausages and bacon (he's English, he can't help himself), we run guest accommodation, and I write.
Off the side of my desk and when I'm not helping in the farm business, I write for magazines, write content and copy, and help other people edit their manuscripts, usually for books they want to publish themselves. Although the Internet has given people the impression that anyone can write a book, it's not actually true. You need an editor, if you want your book to read in any way professionally. I also assess short stories for people entering competitions.
Most excitingly, the manuscript for my book Apple Island Wife was picked up by independent UK based publisher Unbound in 2017. They're an innovative lot - like a normal publisher, but you have to crowdfund to offset the publishing costs. I did that in 2017 and the book as published in paperback and digital format on 1st November 2018.
Currently I'm working on building my freelance portfolio, and self-publishing some romantic fiction under a separate name, a cook book, an e-book about writing short stories, and two children's books. It's a rich tapestry but thankfully it leaves enough time for Pinot Gris in the evenings. You can read more of my writing on my blog, also called Apple Island Wife.
Do get in touch if there's anything I can help you with, and find me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Goodreads.
PS: I changed my mind about Martin Amis when I read his memoir, catchily titled 'Memoir'. Highly recommended. Just in case he's reading this.
Freelance journalism, content writing, editorial work on that book you want to write and self-publish. All this and more.