When I started writing fiction three years ago, I wouldn’t have imagined I would be published so soon, let alone for a book spawned from a dream.
After all, anyone who’s ever written a book knows how the journey unfolds. You find the courage to pursue a plot that you may or may not think is plausible and with an ounce of self-belief, a perpetual loneliness in a dimly-lit room commences in the hope that one day you’ll have something tangible to show for it before arriviste agents and no-nonsense publishing houses tell you you’re not good enough.
To my astonishment, however, and following many soul-crushing rejections, I have a soon-to-be-published novel in my locker.
In fact, I’ve written three books in the last three years which makes me sound like a pompous douche when in reality I’ve never really excelled at much academically.
Sure, I was good at English (as most writers will tell you) but I was never the best, and if you had said to me aged 18, with little-to-no-confidence and zits slowly forming around my porcelain face that I wouldn’t only complete three books but also get one published, I would have laughed and said that that was just as likely as Jessica Alba taking my hand in marriage.
Anyway, I have a publisher who believes in the book just as much as I do and I’m glad someone does as it’s a story embedded with universal themes. Yes, it’s a coming-of-age love story (heard that one before, haven’t you?) but it’s also about the sacrifice and conflict that arises from first-time love, and it was always stories like those that I related to most growing up. In my mind, books, particularly one’s with personal resonances, can help in times of difficulty, and I hope this book can do that to you in some small way.
But this blog won’t only be Seven Days with You-related. I’ll ramble about awkward Tinder dates, profile books that have inspired my writing, explain why John Green and The Weeknd are awesome, and of course, in the build-up to the novel’s release, post Seven Days with You extracts.
Most importantly, when you read this blog I want you to feel inspired as well as entertained, and if you feel the need to get in touch for whatever reason, then go to my contact page and hit me up. Not in the literal sense, though. That would be rather unfortunate.