“If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it” (Toni Morrison)
When I am asked, as I am many times – why do you write – it is difficult to give a clear and concise answer because the reasons are so very different. Because I can, sounds too pretentious. Because I have to, sounds too precious. I’m not one of those writers who calls themselves a wordsmith or any other such nonsense, I am a writer, someone who writes, and my motives for putting pen to paper – or in my case, fingers to keyboard, are manifold.
My first ever novel was written out of frustrated anger at the injustice of a cruel and long drawn out divorce, but after that it was more a case of wanting to tell a tale. I had so many stories sloshing around inside my head, stories that I really, really wanted to read, but there was a problem, no one had written these stories yet, so I had to.
It’s really as simple as that. I write the books that I myself want to read. I have heard of writers who never read their own books, but that’s not me. Call me egotistical, but when I received my copy of The Book of Eve and actually held in my hands for the first time the result of many long years of struggle, dreams and hopes, I couldn’t help myself, I had to sit down and read it all through in almost one sitting.
So that’s my guilty secret, I love my own writing and enjoy reading my own books, and I really hope maybe other people will feel the same way. If you do, why not drop me an email or post me a comment on my Facebook page, or follow me on WordPress or Instagram (juliablakeauthor). I would really love to hear from you!
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