Two years have flown by since I returned to the UK and I have no regrets (nor does DH). We have happy family days and take time to reflect upon our journey.
It’s been a tough journey at times (anyone following the Greece issue will understand what we endured in Cyprus), and it has opened our eyes to what the UK offers. For me as a writer, the UK has opened my world and I attend conferences and writer meet ups. Maggie’s Child has moments in the top 100 of various categories with Amazon UK and I do not think it would have happened if I was still a hermit in the hills of Cyprus.
I do not know what my writing future holds but I do know I have reader fans who send me encouraging emails and keep me writing. Life is so different from when I was a full-time nurse and mother, the supporter of my husband and our two pharmacies. Who knew that Cyprus would turn me into a writer of books? I certainly never dreamed this 7.5 year journey would still be an ongoing part of my life. I was 50 when I came out into the world as a writer of poetry and now look, I have sold these – around the world!
Well spotted, yes the creative, Jessica Bell has designed a new cover for The Penny Portrait. It is a scene from a Constable painting (image released for commercial use), and is the original lighthouse along the promenade of my hometown. Elle, my character, paints the same scene. That part of the beach has a special place in my heart as I spent many years enjoying family gatherings there. My husband and I now take our granddaughter to play and next year her little sister will join us.
Have you used a special place with good memories in your books?