I was asked to take part in this blog tour by the multi-genre and prolific author Sarah Michelle Lynch. Check out her WordPress blog at http://sarahmichellelynch.wordpress.com/2014/10/17/why-do-i-write-a-blog-hop/
Why do I write? I write for several different reasons, and I’ll name them below:
1) I like doing it.
I’ve always enjoyed creative writing since I was a very young child. I wrote many stories and kept copious diaries of everyday events, family holidays, school life, and thoughts and feelings. It’s so interesting to look back at my diaries from the l960’s and to the person I was then; young, carefree and with her whole life ahead of her.
2) For therapy.
I lived in a state of denial for 30 years of my married life, continually making excuses for my husband’s addictions. When I finally hit rock bottom and did something about it, I was so elated to have been able to help him through his two years of recovery that I needed to write it all down in a sort of ‘faction’ book. My life is in ‘The Porn Detective’, and by writing down all the pain and heartache it helped with my own healing process.
3) For a living?
To be able to sit at home and write all day and earn a living from it is a dream I’ll pursue until my very last breath. However, I still work as a medical secretary on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, but thanks to my husband’s largesse I can now write at home on Mondays and Tuesdays. ‘A House Without Windows’ sells better than I ever thought it would, and ‘For the Sake of a Child’ was recently a runner-up in the Goodreads’ eBookMiner BOTM, and is a close second. Who knows? One day I’ll be able to give up my job!
Being famous and being recognised does not do it for me, which is one of the reasons I write under a pen-name. However, to be able to live comfortably doing a job that I love is something that definitely floats my boat………….
4) To take my mind away from any problems.
At the moment I am awaiting an ultrasound scan to find out if the cancer I suffered from in the past has returned. By writing I can take my mind off to be with my characters, and I forget for a brief time that I may need more major surgery. I laughed a lot as I wrote ‘No Sex Please, I’m Menopausal!, and ‘The Pilates Class’. I’ve also been laughing as I write my new book ‘A Rather Unusual Romance’, which is coming out early in 2015. I have weaved snippets of my time as a hospital ward clerk into my latest work, and again, the humour has been therapeutic for me.
So, why do you write? I’m always interested to find out other authors’ stories. Below I’ve added the Amazon author page of Thomas Jerome Baker, another Indie author who has kindly agreed to join me on this particular blog tour. I’m interested to find out why he writes, and I hope you will be too. Happy reading!
Love from Stevie http://www.stevie-turner-author.co.uk/