Since I finished and published my latest Radwinter book, the seventh in the series, I’ve been somewhat plodding with my writing, but I have been busy getting my other novels, all published as eBooks, out as paperbacks. The were all published between 2012 and 2019 because when I first started there was only Kindle book publishing available; I didn’t realise for a while that I could also publish them as paperbacks. When I did my first was Radwinter; unfortunately,, as is so often the case with me, I didn’t read the information carefully enough and it was published as rather a large book. Now all is well and I’m better at doing it so every new book is published in both formats.
I went back to the early books in the Radwinter series and issued them as paperbacks (including a resized version of the first eponymous novel) Now I’m going back to my first books, some of which were written in the 1990’s/early 2000’s. This has given me an unexpected dilemma. My writing style has changed – I hope for the better, I am more economical with my words, I write conversations in a different way, I try not to ramble and try not to be repetitive. So looking at these older books I have to say if I were writing them now I would present them differently – so do I change what I wrote? I have decided not to do that for several reasons. Firstly it doesn’t make sense to because in another five years I might not like what I am writing now! There are other reasons, but the most pressing one is that I just don’t have the time and want to be writing news stuff! So apart from spell-checking, reading through for typos etc, and formatting them to be a paperback, I leave them as they are.
Yesterday I finished and published (republished) ‘Loving Judah’. I have to admit that it’s a romance – I tried to avoid saying that when I first published it, and highlighted the other aspects of it, grief and bereavement, loyalty and betrayal, bravery and shame, guilt and cowardice. These are all aspects of the book, but I am sure that as soon as a reader ‘meets’ all the main players, it’s pretty obvious what the driving theme is – love!
Here is the blurb:
The tragic death of Aislin McManus’s adored step-son Judah is a catastrophe; the fact that his father, Peter, blames Aislin almost breaks her heart. Her attempts to mend the breach between her and her husband are failing and when Aislin meets someone else who is blamed for the death of his best friend she resolves to do everything she can to reconcile him with his family, even though she puts herself in danger by doing so.