We arrived in New Zealand seven years ago, in search of a dream. And boy, did we find it. We spent five years in the Southern city of Dunedin, and then two years ago moved north to Canterbury following the earthquakes. With six children (seven if you include hubby) and a cat, life at home is never dull. The chaos only enhanced as we’ve recently embarked on the journey of building our dream home.
I’ve always aspired to be a writer. But you know how it is – kids, work, life got in the way (in a nice way of course) so that writing became one of those ‘if only’ things I never quite got around to.
Then last year my husband asked if I seriously wanted to follow my dream.
You can imagine my reaction – “Wow, you bet I do!”
For the first year, I played at it. I had ideas, wrote them down. Started lots of things, but never quite finished, that evil inner critic constantly cracking the whip, so that at times I’d lose all confidence. I attended workshops, writing groups, participated in NaNoWriMo, but progress was slow.
Then I joined the RWNZ.
Romance was always where my heart lay. And as I read the stories of local authors, I realised I truly wanted to be included in their midst.
So now, I find myself writing. And not writing with no direction, but writing because I love doing it, and because I want to succeed.
I am currently working my way through my first novel Try, No Try – not quite what I anticipated, but in line with my other passion, rugby. The story follows a murder investigation headed by Detective Rick Renata, an ex-international rugby star turned cop and is based in New Zealand. I hope to publish in the not-so-distant future.
In the past year, I’ve had short stories published with anthologies such as the Authors Against Bullying and now spend my time writing, and also entering competitions, all ways of flexing those writing muscles, whilst benefiting from the critiques.
This blog is designed as a way for me to voice my experiences, put myself out there on the writing stage, and keep you guys up to date with my progress. I have a Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/JemLoweWriter so feel free to Like my page and I’ll see you there.