I’ve already achieved the bucket list item of actually writing and publishing a novel, which I ticked off in February 2015 when Everdene was published. I was really proud to have done it, but it did start as a bit of a dare, and the genre reflects that!
What I did learn was that I can actually write good fiction, and as the novel was recognised to be of professional standard in a U.K. publishing industry magazine by a respected editor, it made me realise that I really did want to continue to write fiction. Although I had intended for two more books in my first series, I’ve put them on ‘ice’ for the moment and started on a new novel series, which is a historical fantasy-style romance trilogy. It’s likely that challenge 29 will be linked to this, as the prequel will be a children’s novel. Here’s hoping that the series is liked enough to become challenge 30!
To set the challenge higher than just writing a trilogy, I’d love to achieve that highest of high accolades and make a best-seller list – whether it be the New York Times, USA Today or the Sunday Times here in the U.K.
As most of these challenges include a charitable element, 10% of the profits from sales of the novels for every week that they are in a best-seller list, will go to a charity.