As a fellow history fan and ‘Kentish maid’, I always follow Truda’s writing projects with interest. Her new book of short stories was inspired by some of Kent’s treasures and she has kindly let me share the first in a new series of posts about ‘Barley Bread and Cheese’ with you here.
Many thanks, Truda!
It is funny how despite your best plans, fate derails you. You can be racing along what appears to be a single-track when suddenly you are led in a totally different direction. That’s what happened to me with my latest book.
I was half-way through the draft of my second novel – a World War II story set in a remote part of the British Isles – when I became side-tracked. I had already lost steam, having had to put writing aside in order to promote my first book The Devil Dancers.
I find the whole PR process tiring and tedious. Nothing is more soul-destroying for a writer than the black art of publicity. For one thing, it takes up so much time. For another, it requires enormous input for minimal returns. There can be nothing more counter-productive to creativity than focussing on sales and column inches.
I was in…
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