Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Importance of Support

My guest today is Carol Warham, whose debut novel was published earlier this month. She explains how important 'SUPPORT' has been to her:

I have recently had the pleasure of ‘appearing’ on a few blogs, answering questions about myself and my first novel RESOLUTIONS. Most of the questions have centred around where the idea came from and how it developed. This would be followed by a discussion about my ‘journey’ to publication.

It occurred to me that one of the main things a writer, or would-be author, really needs never entered into the questions, or not as fully as I felt it should. One of the things I recognised as most important to me was support. The support of family and friends is, of course, important and probably taken for granted at times. When we are tapping away at the keyboard late at night or at any odd times of the day, we quite possibly are forgetting those around us.

However for me the main support has come from other writers. The writing groups on social media have been invaluable. Many writers have been generous with their advice, information and suggestions. Others have supported by hosting me on their blogs and offering reviews. It is hard to describe how much this means to a new author, it has been overwhelming. You are bolstered up by a whole community, including other new writers and some very well-known ones. It is a delight to belong to such a caring and supportive group of people.

I am especially indebted to those I’m proud to call my special friends. These are the writers that I now know personally, and am able to meet up with on occasions.

They have been there for me every step of the way. They have never grumbled when I’ve distracted them from their own writing and deadlines. Every time I have sought advice, on any subject, it has been freely given. My grammar and punctuation have been corrected, and suggestions have been made to overcome lengthy sentences and ‘clunky’ passages.

Sometimes I’ve been given a kick up the proverbial, when suddenly the ironing or even cleaning the windows has looked so much more interesting than sitting at a key board.
I have been encouraged and praised during those times when I felt the whole book was totally rubbish and I was a failure as a writer. Believe me, those times came frequently. If it wasn’t for my friends, the manuscript would have been in the virtual bin many times.

Carol with Paula and Awen at 'Costa Coffee'
When I’ve been stuck as to which way to go or what was needed in taking the story forward, the suggestions have flowed into my inbox. At other times we’ve discussed them over endless cups of coffee or Harry Ramsden’s fish and chip lunches.

Without this community and certainly without my friends I would never have been in the happy position of having my first novel published, by Tirgearr.

So, would you please join me in a round of applause or raising a glass to Paula and Awen.

P.S from Paula: Coincidentally, Facebook has just informed me that it is four years today since Carol and I first became 'friends' - which is an example of how an online connection with a 'stranger' can become a very special friendship in 'real life'.   

RESOLUTIONS was published by Tirgearr Publishing on 9th August 2017. It is available as an e-book through AmazonKoboSmashwords and Nook.

Carly Mitchell returns to the small town of Yeardon in Yorkshire almost a year after running away on her wedding day. Now she wants to try to make amends with Steve, his family, and the townspeople who had prepared a huge party to celebrate her New Year’s Eve wedding.
She intends to stay only for a few days at the Resolution Hotel, owned by Steve’s parents. However, her plans change when Steve’s father is taken ill, and she feels obliged to step in and help with running the hotel. This also means having to deal with Steve’s antagonism since he has never forgiven her for humiliating him.
A further complication comes in the form of Ben Thornton, the local doctor, to whom Carly feels an immediate attraction. They enjoy getting to know each other and falling in love, until a famous model from Ben’s past arrives in the town, and stays at the hotel.
Steve attempts to get his revenge on Carly by driving a wedge between her and Ben, and by threatening to reveal what he knows about Ben’s troubled past unless Carly leaves town.

The resolution lies in Carly’s hands as she struggles between wanting to flee from the town again and wanting to stay with the man she has grown to love.

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  1. Thanks Paula. It's true facebook can actually lead to see brilliant friendships.

    1. So true, Carol - and it works both ways, because I've also benefited enormously from your advice, suggestions, and encouragement.

    2. Heavens you really are too kind!!!!

  2. I agree, Carol. Writing is a lonely profession and we absolutely need the support of friends--to tell us both the good and the bad--in order to make it through. Wishing you the best of luck with your book!

    1. Many thanks Jennifer. The support and encouragement, and not forgetting the friendship, makes every second of the struggle worthwhile.

  3. Hi Carol! It's so nice to put a face with a name...you've been commenting on our blog for a while now, and now I can picture you when you post!

    Support is hugely important in this crazy business. Building a network of fellow authors really helps get you through the ups and downs and ins and outs. When I first started writing 'seriously' I joined a local RWA chapter. Those awesome ladies taught me a lot!

    Congrats on your release! I wish you many sales. :)

    1. Thank you Debra. Without the support and advice I had the novel would have been in the bin many times. Thank goodness for friends.
      I hope seeing my photo doesn't scare you off!!!

  4. Carol, Congratulations on your book release.
    Resolutions is in my laptop's Kindle file, soon to be read.

    Romance writers are a special breed. We share and support willingly, even eagerly. We celebrate other authors and other genres.

    Paula is wonderfully generous. I don't know Awen, but birds of a feather.... (you know). Enjoy the times you are able to sit across from each other!

    1. Thank you Ana. I don't think you can explain to anyone else how generous other writers are. It is something I've found truly amazing.