Writers block is an ugly and frustrating beast that comes to wipe your mind of the wonderful ideas that once resided in it. I’ve experienced this unpleasant entity whilst writing all of my novels but thankfully it’s usually short lived and my muse was there to guide me through.
I call my husband my muse because that’s how I see him. We’ve been married for such a long time (almost twenty years!) and we’re at the point where we can pretty much read each other’s mind and finish each other’s sentences. He knows how my mind works and what things bring me frustration. On the flip side of this he knows how to cheer me up and make me smile.
He was the main reason that I sat down and decided to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard to be exact). He spent time with me, reading through my chapters; pointing out errors; making suggestions. He supported me throughout the whole process and I’m so thankful that he was there for me as he always is. It’s been the same ever since. Each book since my first has been read by him even though he’s not a romance fan.
It may sound a bit mushy by my husband is my best friend. He’s the first person I turn to if I have anxieties and the first person I want to tell all my good news to. I think this is the way it should be with married couples. I could gush about the fact that I still adore him after all these years, etc but I’m sure you’d need to rush and get a bucket and so I won’t subject you to my teen-like swooning!
When we moved to Scotland the book was a mere collection of thoughts and ideas. It was a story I desperately wanted to tell but didn’t believe in myself enough to actually try. My husband encouraged me to go for it and I’m so thankful he did. I feel a real sense of achievement and pride when I read my manuscripts but what makes me smile even more is when he tells me how proud he is of me for completing them.
My very first novel’s acknowledgements page was something I really looked forward to writing. It was the place I could publicly thank him for inspiring me and encouraging me. I dedicate all of my books to him in some way seeing he is the man who pretty much made it possible. My friend, my husband and my muse.
Genre – Contemporary Romance
Rating – PG-17
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