Moving Forward

In life we move forward. Each day we start and finish is a process repeated the next, and the next. We get out of bed and live our lives. As an author, I also live the life of another, my POV. My main character lives inside my head until the end. Then, I move forward – onto the next novel.

Penny Portrait Cover Final KindleNo, don’t get excited, The Penny Portrait, is hurtling towards the finishing line but not quite there yet.

My moving forward relates to me. I am moving along different paths in my writing world. So far I have written books and marketed via the Internet. Now, I am going out into the big wide world and presenting myself as an author to others, face-to-face.

Tomorrow I meet up with the author, Suzan Collins, to discuss my presentation at her Just Write It! Workshops. I attend an event in November after accepting the kind invitation to share my road to publication. The workshops are held in a lovely place; Gunton Hall, Lowestoft.

In October you will find us at, Kesgrave Library. We will both share our stories, and sign books. This will be my first public event, aside from my short talk in Cyprus to a writing group. In preparation I have been working out what I am going to say. This has been a tough task and when it became too much to think about, I sat down, had wine, and decided to wing it – to go with the flow. Why not, that is how I write and the outcome has been favourable to some. I will have guidelines but no speech, I cannot cope with having to read and breathe at the same time!

hand-shake-love9Maggie’s Child: This darling book has funded me a trip to the, Festival of Romance Fiction September 2014, and I will be an attending author meeting others to delight in our chosen career. Old friends will embrace new ones, and we will all move forward into another writing year with inspiration. Leighton Buzzard will certainly be buzzing with excitement and energy!

bus card image 1Quite often I receive emails asking if I am taking Maggie forward into a sequel. I have mentioned this before today, and it has kicked around in the brain. I never know what I am going to write until the current WIP is near The End, and then a title pops into pea-brain. Well, a title came. MAGGIE’S MEN, is going to be a tough challenge but one I embrace – but wait, I haven’t finished! Not only did, MAGGIE’S MEN arrive, so did, MAGGIE’S SON, MAGGIE’S JOY, and NATHANIEL’S CHILD. Yes, I appear to have a family saga on the horizon. Whether I can pull it off and create a readable plot is another matter but it is a life moving forward. Maggie gave birth to Nathaniel, and their lives move along the path of discovery.

Moving forward is a good thing, it is giving me more confidence to admit I am an author of books. So many friends tell me I almost apologise when I say the words, and need to snap out of it, so I am.

My name is Glynis, and I am an author. I write books that people are reading, and they leave positive reviews that keep me writing. I am moving forward.

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About Glynis Smy

I live in the UK, in the seaside town of, Dovercourt~Harwich, where I enjoy writing novels. I've written historical romance/suspense, Medical romance and my latest WIP is in the crime genre. The Victorian era fascinates me and the best part of writing a novel is often the research. Proud writing moments in my life: Shortlisted for Festival of Romance Fiction 2014 New Talent Award Reaching second round of Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2014 Maggie's Child: reached #1 Amazon best-seller: Historical Romance Victorian /February 2014/ebook & book paid list. May 2014 #3 Historical Romance Victorian, and #25 in Historical Romance paid top 100 best-seller list. Top 100 in three categories on Amazon UK best-seller listings in 2015. Seeing my books in a Suffolk (UK), library. Over the years I've written short stories in a variety of genres. I've also won a few poetry contests, my first was at the age of twelve, (a poem about the Bangladeshi war). I also won a children's short story competition where the prize was a first-aid box, I was so proud but my husband found it amusing because we owned two pharmacies. My articles have been published in magazines both in the UK and Cyprus. I am also featured in various places on-line. When I am not writing, I enjoy making greetings cards, Cross Stitch, fishing and the company of my little granddaughters.
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11 Responses to Moving Forward

  1. Glynis – I think it’s great that you’re making those strides forward! Those sounds like great opportunities for you to press on with your writing, and to meet lots of interesting people too.

  2. carolcooper says:

    Fantastic – and I’m looking forward to seeing you at the Festival of Romance. I’m impressed that you’re moving forward in such an orderly way. My own journeys progress with a shuffling gait, a few wrong turnings and lost flip-flops…

  3. Good luck with this. I think about speaking to groups but really don’t know how to market myself or find an audience in that way. It’s a great tool for getting you name out there. Let us know how you make out.

  4. hilarymb says:

    Hi Glynis .. you inspire me as to how you keep organised and get on with things … congratulations – these workshops and meetings sound fun .. and as you imply good to be a part of … cheers Hilary

  5. Have a great time at your speaking engagements!

  6. You’re keeping exceedingly busy!

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