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For as long as I can remember my imagination would take me to many places, great adventures looming on the horizon, I never thought it would lead to me writing my first book. book lover

 

As children, my mum always encouraged us to explore the possibilities in life. She would always say if you don’t dream, create, explore, life will always be limited. Although she taught us this, the fear of the unknown was always present in the back of my mind.

 

It’s not easy chasing one’s dreams, negative criticisms exist in nearly every corner of the world, you just have to push through it, take a chance. I was studying part time with the open university for a career in health sciences, something I also enjoy, but writing is what I love the most, no matter what came along, I wanted to write.

 

Being married with four young children can be a challenge, it’s an adventure. As any parent knows, time is often something you never seem to have. However, when you want something badly enough, you will make the time, and so the day arrived when I set pen to paper, making notes, finding ideas, and researching amid the chaos of a noisy and demanding house.

 

It seemed there were days I could not get the peace to gather my thoughts, let alone write, and yet there were days that it all just flowed,  words flying across the page, images and scenes vividly coming to life. I felt excited as the story unfolded, yet I would still think, could I really do this? Would it be good enough, and what if it is all a big mistake?

These are the doubts that can cause regrets later in life, there is nothing worse than having hopes and dreams and doing nothing about them. For me the only failure in life is when we give up on ourselves, time passes by quickly and we can never get it back, so make the most of it.

 

My first book: A legacy of blood, is book one of a paranormal romance/urban fantasy series. which is based around Celtic and Scandinavian myth, folklore. It follows the story of Mara.

I won’t give much away but to say it is magical and slightly dark at times, an adventure of good versus evil, of self-discovery, pain, hope, betrayal, love.

These are the aspects of life that mould us into the people we become, who will she become? Good, bad? or maybe something in between?  

 

As my first book, I find myself incredibly nervous, I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Please feel free to leave me feedback, as a new writer I know there is still much for me to learn going forward. I appreciate helpful advice and criticism and will try to get back to everyone as quickly as possible.

 

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My love of writing became a new journey in my life

8 thoughts on “My love of writing became a new journey in my life

  • September 22, 2017 at 5:12 pm
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    Congrats on taking that step and writing your first book, Salena!
    Reading this is interesting because I plan on writing my first book as well.
    I discovered writing on my own through journaling. Journaling became a form of therapy for me. I found that that eventually led to poetry, and prosaic passages of philosophical examinations and illuminations. I realized eventually that what I discovered, this “wellspring”, was something that needed to be shared with others.
    I find writing to be an emptying process, an unfolding of an inner world within. But like you said, it sometimes takes work to get the juices flowing. But some days, it just runs and runs and runs without stop.
    I think that anyone who writes books, particularly one like yours, is brave, because one is baring an inner world to others, letting people in on the contents of one’s mind and soul. But it’s freeing as well, to just empty one’s self to be, well, quite vulnerable to the scrutiny of others. It’s a liberating process, if you take it from that mentality – you have to learn to just let go of it. And as you let go, the more it flows out.
    I’m still very early in my writing journey. Currently through my blog. You’re a little ahead of me, so your post is inspiring, even though you say you’re nervous… but that comes with doing anything new for the first time. Thanks for sharing!

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    • September 22, 2017 at 5:38 pm
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      Thank you for your comment, I wish you all the best with your writing career. I love poetry, and admire your courage in working towards your dreams. I completely agree that by writing you are letting someone into your heart. I would love to read your book when it is available, many thanks, Salena

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  • September 22, 2017 at 5:21 pm
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    I completely agree that you have to go for your dreams when you can. I always think I’d rather regret doing something than regret not doing it. As for your book, it sounds very interesting. I’ll have to check it out! Keep up the good work and continue to chase your dreams!

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    • September 22, 2017 at 7:01 pm
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      Thank you for taking the time to read my post. If you do get around to reading my book, I hope you enjoy it. You’re so right in saying, ‘it is better to try than to regret’. I wish you all the best, Salena.

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  • November 10, 2017 at 8:16 am
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    Hello Salena,

    Congratulations on your first published book! I thought about writing a book myself, but I lack the motivation and commitment, so I commend you for it!

    The book you are working on sounds very interesting and I can’t wait to hear more about it. Are you planning to publish this on the internet as a E-book?

    Kind Regards,
    Eric

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    • November 10, 2017 at 9:38 am
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      Thanks for your comment Eric. The book is already out on Amazon now and I am working on the second one in the series. Writing is a passion for me and is my way of relaxing, especially with four young children.

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  • November 13, 2017 at 11:14 pm
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    Congrats….
    I love writing however, I never started my book. I keep saying I will but I don’t. I’m glad to see the courage yu have taken to do so. Maybe this article will be my inspiration in writing my own book. I know the content but never typed it out.

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    • November 14, 2017 at 1:48 pm
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      Thank you so much for taken the time to leave a comment. I sincerely hope you do take the leap, you won’t regret it. As strange as it may seem, it really is freeing to out your stories, give them life. I wish you every success in your endevours, Salena

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