I have always loved writing, reading and history ever since school days. Although as I have previously mentioned my writings were always limited to poetry and short stories. For some reason, perhaps lack of conviction, I never attempted any larger writing project. Perhaps had I been more confident with my writing abilities I may have followed a completely different path in my chosen career. If one could turn the clock back…? If one could I expect I would now be a journalist or teacher of history. However we make our choices as we see fit at the time. Don’t get me wrong I’m not really complaining at my chosen profession, as now after some forty odd years I believe I am good at what I do. It doesn’t mean that I have to do purely credit management!
It only seemed natural that my writing creativity should be encouraged, so in 1994 I wrote my first novel. “Out of the Darkness” has been lying in a box for nearly 20 years. When finished, I felt it wasn’t good enough to send away to anyone, not even a manuscript assessor; mainly because I didn’t feel confident with the intricacies of Australian Law and police work which this story relies on a fair bit. Since then of course I have learnt that research is the most important ally for a writer. With a non-fiction history book and two novels completed I now feel more encouraged to give this old manuscript a new lease to life.
Although I am currently writing my novella “To Embrace Amidst Orange Blossoms” [no I haven’t given up on it], I thought to also start working on “Out of the Darkness”. As with my earlier books this too was not typed on a computer, so I will need to re-type it on my PC, which in a way is good as I shall be able to edit along the way. I expect it will be finished sometime next year [maybe sooner if I pull my finger out]; but when ever it will be, I will ensure it has first been read by someone experienced in Australian police work so that I can confidently try to get it professionally assessed before offering it to a publisher.
RLB – Tomewriter