Hi, my name is Anita and although I’m 66, I am by no means a ‘silver surfer’. I have been writing fiction novels for a long time now, but never been picked up by the mainstream publishers. Close, but no cigar!
So I shelved them all after banging my head against the wall, but I kept the rejection letters because most of them had very encouraging comments. Apparently my stories were strong, powerful and well written but didn’t fit their category lists! If my mother had slapped me as gently when I was a child it wouldn’t have hurt half as much. I even wrote to James Herbert once and he was very kind and supportive.
Now I am retired and with the help of Jay, my sister-in-law, (who is learning how to be a ‘surfer’ and a computer whizz at the same time) I have dusted off some of my manuscripts and will now try to achieve what has seemed to be impossible.
This is very much a family affair, all hands (and minds) on deck. My granddaughters Kathryn and Hayley have tried to teach Jay how to use a computer properly. She has always edited and proofed my manuscripts over the years and now is trying to Twitter and Blog. She has even managed to upload three of my stories onto the Amazon Kindle and one to Smashwords.
I am a paper and pencil girl, you could chain me to a computer for years and nothing would happen! They say you are never to old to learn and for Jay that is certainly true, but in my case, never is another word for infinity.
I thank God for my family for all the usual reasons, but now especially, for I have a second chance to find out if anyone out there likes the kind of books that I write…