Sixteen Years

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Love By Text

I know we say it all the time, but time really does fly.

One Christmas, my favourite aunt and best friend bought me a copy of: Is there a book in you, by Alison Baverstock.  The thing is, I don’t ever recall telling her that I always wanted to write, in fact I never mentioned it to anybody.  Ecstatic with my new gift, I read it cover to cover in next to no time and pondered things to write about.  My aunt and best friend, unknowingly kick started my dream.  I pondered for ever, I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to write about.  I thought about writing a children’s book, thinking back to the books I used to read as a child and the first book that my eldest daughter learned to read.  I thought about the books I enjoyed reading as a teenager and still drew a blank as to what to write about; I even thought about writing an autobiography, I’ll leave that one there, for now.

Then one day my dream to write ‘a book’ was realised when I got a random idea during a training session, it hit me so unexpectedly that I had to get those thoughts down instantly.  I was scribbling away and before I knew it, I had penned what I thought was the outline for my first novel, Love By Text (LBT).  I was so engrossed with this sudden storyline that I didn’t notice my colleague trying to get my attention.  He teased me and called me teacher’s pet because I was so busy ‘taking notes’ and didn’t realise that we had stopped for lunch.  I smiled in agreement; I couldn’t let him know what I was up to.

The course was very interesting, but I couldn’t wait for the day to end so I could go home and write some more.  Arriving home a couple hours later, I got through the usual domestic routine in record time, a new personal best; the things we achieve when we put our mind to it, eh!  I sat in front of the clunky PC we had at the time and waited an eternity for it fire up; I eventually opened word and begun typing up what I had written during the training course.  I read it and then read it again.  It wasn’t an outline; it was the ending of the book, who does that? Who writes the ending of the book first?  Of course, everyone has their own way of writing and mine would be discovered as I went along.

I wrote whenever I could and often late into the night, especially when the bug took over; I didn’t have a plan or set myself a target. I wrote the beginning and the middle of the book and then realised that some of the ending belonged in the middle, this bit belonged here, and that bit belonged there.  After several months and many edits, my masterpiece that started off as “chick-lit” with a hint of sex was finally finished.  My household were the only ones that knew what I was doing; I didn’t tell a soul until LBT was about to be published.  I told those closest to me first, via email the weekend before LBT was published, the introvert in me just couldn’t face telling them in person; I then shared my news with my wider circle as well as via social media.

Love By Text

I was super emotional when my parcel of books arrived; the end-to-end process took me two years, so holding my new baby for the first time felt absolutely amazing.  That was sixteen years ago!

I was and still am forever grateful to those that bought a copy, I blushed when they asked me to sign it and pose for pictures – the introvert in me cringed.

The introvert in me, turned down several invites to read my book at various events until I met the gorgeous Dragn King’s Daughter at a meet up for erotic authors, and after a brandy or two, I said yes, just like that.  The introvert in me stopped by the following morning to pull rank, so one of my besties covered for me and read from my book at the event; thanks babe, much appreciated!  I was encouraged after a subsequent author meet up, bit the bullet and started accepting invites to various events, to read my work, myself.  I’ve written a few more books and ‘performed’ at various erotic themed events over the last sixteen years and as much as I argue with the introvert in me every time, I really do love what I do.

I’d like to thank each and every one of you for your endless love and support over the last sixteen years and I look forward to sharing many more with you; thank you also, for always flying the Meg Philip flag.

Much Love,

Meg xx

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