My life is in your hands I give you with a trust. The shawl I handed you will give you all the clues.
It was an overwhelming feeling when Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd based in London, UK, had accepted my manuscript, ‘The Case of Barbara Lombardi.’ I burst into tears. And more so when I received the second – too good to be true but it happened. I am grateful to God, and of course to my publisher who believed in me.
‘The Case of Barbara Lombardi’ is the second manuscript that I have written. To recollect the path that I had passed seemed like a dream. The latest work that I had submitted is soon to see the light of day. My faith in God is secure, and to believe in me is essential for other people to have the confidence for whatever endeavour I am taking. Negative criticisms are part of life, but the good thing about is, you can turn it to your advantage by spiraling the negatives to positives. I love to write. Writing novels was my biggest passion when I was young. And my dedication paid off. Getting acceptance from a publishing house was utterly rewarding. Remember, writers have to eat and pay the bills as well, just like any other human being. Some struggle to get by; working a few jobs and also write. I am lucky enough that when I went back to Creative Writing, I have already passed the challenges that life offered. I tried to submit my manuscript to an Australian publishing house. It did not happen; I was late for the dates of submission. I have to wait for another three weeks. I googled for other publishing houses and submitted the first three chapters of my work to Austin Macauley Publishing Ltd based in London, UK. I always put in my head that if a publishing house read my manuscript, and got accepted, I have given the best opportunity. As well, I believed that the editors are my first readers. And therefore, nothing to lose, only to gain. Love yourself, love what you do and above all, love God. There is only one key to happiness, ‘LOVE.’ Believing in oneself is great, manifesting what you aim for in life is even greater!
It has been two months since I came back to live in Darwin, Northern Territory. I have been away for four years. Going back to where I spent my life for more than half of my age was indeed exciting. I have my family and friends around. Four years ago, vividly, I recollect that I travelled to Kalgoorlie, Western Australia to live. It was daunting, but, it was the choice I made. For all good reasons, the wilderness of the Western Australian desert has given me a different perspective in life. That is where I began to write again. I have the greatest inspiration that I needed to go back to the world of Creative Writing. However, after two months, I moved again to a different state, Queensland. The kind people and the surroundings enhance the totality of my inspirations to inscribe.
Recollecting few of my journals inscribed on the days I was free. Pressing each button on my computer to finish my manuscript, an everyday scene. My nails got so much longer as days gone. No more going out of the house to work outside my sphere. Totally, I went back to Creative Writing; the world of storytelling of the characters I created.
At first, publishing a novel was just to fulfil my aim to have a book. It does not matter whether I do not earn from it. I don’t think about the monetary aspect when I inscribe. I love to write. That is the most important thing. But, remember, writers have to eat and pay the bills as well, just like any other human being. Some struggle to get by; working few jobs and also write. I am lucky enough, that when I went back to Creative Writing, I have already passed the challenges in life. However, my intention of publishing again is not in my cup of tea anymore. I am not a business woman. I am a writer. I cannot hold to the stress of the business side of it. I want to write, and I love to write. That is my aim. And for me to accomplish that; I have to concentrate. In whatever you choose to do, you must be able to recognise your strength. Do not even try to sway yourself to use your weakness. Instead, work and develop your strongest side. God has given you the tool. It is up to you to make it happen.
The happiness that I have achieved in writing is words undescribed. The materialisation of the characters adhered to the tangibility of time immortalised. Any dream is possible to get if one works hard to achieve it. Nothing is impossible under the sun and more so, in the heat of your longing to the work you love. Regardless of the challenges ahead and the hurdles that you must jump, always remember, God has given you the power and strength to pass those upheavals.