Finding the time to write has become somewhat impossible. Trying to launch my debut novel has taken more out of me than I ever imagined. I am proof-reading, designing covers, uploading previews and draft versions on many different platforms all of which are far too technical for me and so take more time than actually necessary. As well as this, maintaining my website and trying to develop a social media presence – things I was very aware I would have to do when I started down this path – have left me surprised about how much I didn’t know. I say all this yet I have enjoyed this process; I feel I am beginning a journey that I can’t wait to travel, a journey I didn’t think I would ever take but I am.
Working full time and trying to write has definitely been a challenge but with a bit of motivation I aim to achieve anything, and this is the message I want to get out to you, my readers. I thrive on bringing strong, independent and wilful characters to life, characters who may even connect with you on a personal level, who prove that obstacles are there to be overcome, to make the journey worthwhile – no matter how twisted that journey is. I have always said, and still stand by, that if it’s not difficult or challenging then it is not worth it. That is true for being an author.
I am slowly getting there with breathing life into my debut novel, Aphora. Currently I am working on getting a full cover design so that I can create a paperback version to have along-side the e-book. My own personal opinion is divided between being able to read a book anywhere, anytime with an electronic device and also opening the first page of a book, the scent of a new story unravelling in-front of me. Whichever medium takes your fancy, I hope you enjoy Aphora as much as I did creating it and that Cate is a character in which we all see a little of ourselves in: someone with hope, desire and motivation.
Within the next couple of weeks I hope to get Aphora released – perhaps ahead of the deadline if I can (it’s still good to have goals!). This will be an achievement and will mean I can continue working on Aphora’s second instalment – I am already excited at some new developments and am itching to get down on paper! For now though, I will continue to work during the day whilst in the evenings, with my beautiful puppy Bailey dozing by my feet, I will try to make Aphora perfect. I am writer and this is my life.
- Rhian Edwards