How I became an author: My story told

How I became an author: My story told …

This week I am on cloud nine following some wonderful press coverage by The Shropshire Star and the Express and Star newspapers. When they asked me to do an interview for them I was thrilled, and delighted to share my story with them.

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It dawned on me as I retraced the steps of my journey to become a full time author and illustrator, just how far I have ventured already into my new exciting and overwhelmingly enjoyable way of life.

My full time hectic job as a Sales and Marketing Director was very rewarding and I loved the buzz of every sale or achievement. I loved the pressures of challenge and researching opportunities. I also really enjoyed working with an outstanding team of people who taught me so much about the business world and I hope that in turn, I was able to leave a positive imprint on them from my broadened knowledge over several years in post. But all the time I was working so hard at my day job, my real passion, writing and illustrating, had to happen here and there during the odd snatched hour at weekend or some evenings.

It wasn’t until I became ill, sadly, last March, that I found myself with time on my hands to rekindle my writing, and hey presto, my story started to unravel, and my first publications were born. I was so delighted that The Shropshire Star wanted to print my story and I am really grateful to them for giving me a lovely spread in a feature section. Click this link to read the feature. The feature talks of my illness and recovery, but mostly about my dream of writing actually reaching fruition when I published my first poetry book, Knickerbocker Glory. I was enthused by other authors who had persevered and self published their work. I spent several months researching how to make this dream a reality and found great comfort talking to other writers about their experiences. I was warmed by their willingness to share and it is wonderful to now find myself in the position of being able to give this knowledge to others. I am often approached by new authors, and more than happy to offer some advice on how to get started, Indeed, if you are reading this blog, and would like to give it a go, please feel free to leave a comment below and I will do my best to respond as quickly as I can.

A quick browse on www.writtenwithasmile.com will update you on all my books which have happened since I started, and also the writing I am doing for charities such as Midlands Air Ambulance Charity and Severn Hospice.

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Anita Williams with Poetry Giving, a charity fundraising book for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity. Photography by Shropshire Star

 

I am so much looking forward to the next chapter of my story, and would encourage all budding authors out there to give it a go! Writing and publishing your first book, whilst daunting, is a fulfilling and rewarding challenge. It has actually happened to me, and I am loving every moment of my new way of life!

It is a busy time for me now, as I am currently working on several projects all at once! As  my other blog spots will tell you, watch out for some fun children’s books coming soon and more poetry, including The very Great Britain in Poetry.

It’s all go! Thanks for reading and I promise to keep you posted of more releases as they happen.

With love and gratitude to all of my readers and supporters

Anita Williams

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