You’re never too old to dream a new dream.
Ever since I can remember I’ve always been utterly gripped by stories. Reading, writing, or listening to them. To absorb myself in another world has always felt like such a treat.
I’ve been a contributor to many magazines and websites over the past few years sharing my story, offering my tips on coping with chronic pain, depression and anxiety with Mindfulness and, through the classes I teach and clients I mentor, I’ve met some truly inspirational people. It has been a privilege to be part of their journey.
But the tug of fiction has always been there. The temptation to write a novel. The can I? The should I?
Fear kills more dreams that failure ever will.
About a year and a half ago I set up a fiction blog, started posting stories, learning all I could from the feedback of other WordPress authors and I began to write the story I’d love to read. A psychological thriller with characters I fell in love with.
At the beginning of January this year it was finished and time to think about the next stage. It has been a whirlwind few weeks but I’m thrilled to have been offered a three-book deal (you can read the official announcement here) and delighted my first novel, The Sister, will be published July 2016.
It’s not the end for The Happy Starfish, although I will be taking a step back. Other teachers are on-board and there will still be classes running and one-to-one coaching available and I will still work with a small number of private clients. I get so many lovely messages via our Facebook page who find our daily postings helpful I’ll endeavour to keep it going, as best I can.
For now though, I’m off to celebrate.