I can hardly believe it is a year since I started writing this blog! I have enjoyed it far more than I could ever have imagined, and I am sure it has helped me no end to improve my writing skills .. however, what I have enjoyed most is ‘meeting’ so many wonderful and interesting and funny people. I have had so much encouragement, help and support from WordPress bloggers, and shared so many laugh-out-loud moments! I have seen some truly stunning photographs, really breathtaking, but also funny pictures, interesting pictures, quirky pictures too!
I never thought I would have written 900 posts, have nearly 300 people following me, had nearly 30,000 views and 3,000 comments… thank you so much everyone, really, thank you!
Here is my very first post:
Hello and welcome to my blog!
Today, the 12th of March 2012 is an exciting day because today is the day that my first novel, ‘Farholm’, is published on Kindle. It is not yet available, but within twelve hours it will be on Amazon.
Farholm Island is the destination for Deke Colefox, on a mission to find the truth about her husband Niko. Another passenger on the small ferry which takes her on the forty minute crossing to the island, is Dr Michael Cabus who is also in search of the truth about someone he describes as ‘a beloved stranger’. When Michael leaves the ferry so does a young island girl… who somehow disappears on the small island. What happens to Deke in the next two weeks is beyond anything she could have imagined… but you will have to read the book to find out what exactly does happen!
There is no such island as Farholm, it only exists in the book, and in other novels I have written. However, there are many hundreds if not thousands of off-shore islands which are similar, including Steep Holm and Flat Holm in the Bristol Channel and Grassholm off the Pembrokeshire coast. These islands are uninhabited for most of the year although visited by tourists and bird spotters in clement weather. An island I am particularly fond of is Rathlin Island off the north coast of County Antrim in Ireland. Farholm, my island, is inhabited by a small population of maybe a hundred people at the most, including a hippy commune who have taken over an abandoned village.
I hope you will be interested in my novel and I would appreciate any comments or feedback!