I’m delighted to welcome Nicky Clifford to Linda’s Book Bag today. Nicky’s debut novel Never Again will be published in e-book on 21st October 2016 and is available for purchase here.
Nicky was kind enough to tell me about her journey to publication in a special pre-publication guest blog.
Mountains, Mystery, Romance: Can you run from your past?
Harriet Anderson’s life is spiralling out of control. Unused to such mayhem, she ditches her high-powered job to take refuge in the Swiss Alps where she meets Philippe Smith, a crime writer with a dark and shadowy past. Thrown together by chance, is their fate intertwined? Will the karma and romance of the mountains and the quaintness of the Alps soothe their troubled souls?
Or will their rocky paths create avalanches that cannot be avoided…
The Journey To Self-Publication
A Guest Post from Nicky Clifford
Having the time and space to focus
Up until last year, my life has been full of its fair share of trauma and health issues. Whilst battling through the dense fog that hovered over my life for a number of years, it was impossible to summon up the energy to push my novel forward. Being granted a significant break in the clouds a couple of years ago, which allowed the sun to shine through and the howling wind to die down, gave me the impetus I needed. Getting my book published became my mission and I was determined to see it through to completion. With my boys now teenagers and far more independent, and my job reduced to two mornings a week, I also had the luxury of time.
Breadth and depth of experience
Naively I had thought that, following countless edits and re-writes, getting to ‘The End’ would be ‘The End’. Nothing could be further from the truth. The challenges of self-publishing have been numerous, technical, complex and overwhelming. Working for years in large corporates with tight deadlines and high expectations, somehow shaped me into a highly-organised person who learned the hard way to face one challenge at a time. Up until recently, I have had to fight relentlessly in one particular area of my life – this has given me a tenacity, which I certainly didn’t possess when I was a spring chicken! I have also learned, over the years, to ask for help and this has been essential; producing this novel has very much been a ‘team effort’.
So whilst there is some regret that I didn’t embark on the adventure of self-publishing years ago, I also believe that things happen when they are meant to in life. I don’t think I would have been nearly as well equipped to struggle over each of the hurdles presented to me on this journey to publication had I not lived (and I mean ‘lived’!) every one of the last 50 years.
With one son at Uni and the other in his last year at college, life moves on apace. For me? I can’t wait to get stuck into my next novel, which inevitably includes more than a splattering of romance! I will be making donations from the profits of Never Again to two charities which are very dear to my heart: Childhood Tumour Trust and Auticulate (supporting autistic children).
About Nicky Clifford
Writing has always been a passion for Nicky Clifford and as a student she penned poems, short stories and articles, many of which were successfully published. But a lack of confidence in her novel writing led her to follow a different career path and for many years she worked in the corporate world of HR & Training.
Now with her sons having reached their teens and with her husband’s encouragement, Nicky has decided to focus on her writing once again and, glued to her writer’s chair, has completed three novels. Her debut novel, Never Again, is the first to be published and hits the contemporary romance shelves this autumn. The book is set in her home county of Berkshire and also in the Swiss Alps where Nicky has many happy memories, having worked there in her student days.
As well as dedicating her time to writing, Nicky also works part-time for a local charity. She will make a donation from the book royalties to the charities, Auticulate and Childhood Tumour Trust. Having completed a writing course at Reading University, she is a member of her local writing group which she says, were staunch in their support and have helped enormously in encouraging Nicky to launch her first book.
Nicky was a keen ice-skater, managing to perfect backwards crossovers, mohawks and one foot turns, but has recently hung up her boots to spend more time relaxing with her friends and family at home in Berkshire.