Monday, 2 April 2018
GUEST BLOG: Writing is Who You Are - Steve McHugh
When I was 25, my first child was born. Her name is Keira and she’s now 13, a thought that is frankly terrifying for me for several reasons. At 38 I’m the parent of a teenager, and there’s very little that makes me feel older, but I digress.
It was a very exhausting time for her mum and me, but it was also the spur I needed to want to become an author. I didn’t want to be that person who said, “one day” and never actually did anything about it. So I started writing, taking it seriously, and practicing wherever I got the chance.
It took me 7 years to write a book I was proud of, and get it published. 7 years of working, of seeing what I wanted to attain and not letting anything stop me. I self-published my first book, Crimes Against Magic, and I will always remember having sold 28 copies on opening day. 28. I was thrilled. That entire
first month of April 2012, I sold 72 copies. I will always remember those two figures.
The following year, my current publisher contacted me and asked if I’d like to work with them to republish the first 2 books, and the rest of the Hellequin Chronicles series. I said yes.
And all of this started because I wanted to be the person who said, “I did that,” and not, “I will do that.” I became a bestselling author because I worked like mad and put in the hours, and days, and months, to get better and better at something I’m passionate about. Becoming an author is the best thing I’ve ever achieved professionally.
So, if you have a notion to be an author don’t put it off. Doing it might well be the best thing you ever did.
(Steve's Hellequin series is already out and available on Amazon.co.uk His brand new series "The Avalon Chronicles" is on the following release dates:
The Avalon Chronicles 1: Glimmer of Hope: 1st April 2018
The Avalon Chronicles 2: A Flicker of Steel: 3rd July 2018
The Avalon Chronicles 3: A Thunder of War: 23rd October 2018)