Having an affair is inconceivable to Dani and yet she’s having one with Alex. He’s married, he’s an actor and she’s his agent.
Then Dani meets Sean, a paparazzi photographer with a formidable reputation. It’s a profession that makes him unpredictable at best. A dangerous trait when his motivation to expose becomes personal.
Dani knows she’s made mistakes. She also knows she’s not the first person who wilfully hurt someone they love and is simply unable to explain why.
I’d like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources and Elaine Robertson North for inviting me to take part in this blog tour.
And I’d now like to hand over to Elaine who has written a fantastic guest post about her journey getting published…….
My Journey to Getting Published
I started writing in my 20s, but I was a homeowner at 22 with a mortgage to pay, so giving up work to
focus on becoming an author simply wasn’t an option. So instead, I concentrated on my career, starting in the
promotions department of a magazine company, then on to an agency, quickly followed by a move to Capital
Radio and then on to News International a year or so later.
Taking a six month contract to work in the press office at Comic Relief, gave me the push to go freelance.
Suddenly there was more time available and the writing started in earnest. My first book was written in a few
months and my attempt to get an agent began. Back then, everything was on paper so I was frequently woken
by the thud of my precious work being ceremoniously dumped back through my letter box. The rejections
had lots of positive things to say but there was always a ‘but’. Problem was, this was always something
different and I had no idea whose ‘but’ carried the most weight (no pun intended).
I had a lucky break when I met someone from the press office of a large publishing house who offered to
read my book and pass it on to an editor if she thought it was any good, which amazingly she did. After an
agonising wait, the editor wrote to me saying she loved the book, likened me to all sorts of authors I could
only dream about sharing a bookshelf with, and then concluded that what I needed was an agent.
So, back to square one then.
When it felt like there was nowhere else to go, I threw myself back into work. After two years of
freelancing, I went full-time with an entertainment PR agency, and then back to the heady world of print, this
time at Express Newspapers. But I was desperate to get back to writing, so made the decision to freelance
again, freeing up time to get book number two written. Before long, I was ready to start the endless trips to
the Post Office as the search for an agent began once again. Stuck in my own version of Groundhog Day,
back they all came, the same positivity along with the same round of assorted ‘buts’.
By this point, I was in my 30s, with no sign of breaking through as an author but with an exciting career
that now took me back in-house at UKTV, with an invitation to run the press office. A fantastic job and also
the place I found my husband. Happy days! By the time I made my last career move three years or so later, I
was running a small marketing agency and writing had once again, been well and truly shelved.
The focus then shifted to my personal life. The arrival of my first beautiful boy and then a wedding
sixteen months later. Son number two finally joined us three years after that, and after much discussion with
my husband, we decided it was time for me to give up work, something I’d been talking about doing for
years. I’d been working hard and fast for over 20 years and suddenly, it was all over. It was the most liberating feeling imaginable.
It wasn’t until son number two started school that I really began writing seriously again. I’d always loved
the basic plot of the second book I’d written but it needed work. With decades of life experience added since
I’d first put fingers to keyboard, I set about rewriting. This time, I employed the services of a freelance editor
and desperate to just crack on, I made the decision to self-publish.
There were several more edits (knowing when to stop was a real challenge for me), I had it professionally
proofread, a cover designed and then it was time to upload. Within 24 hours, the email arrived to say my
book was live.
It’s a strange feeling once you know folk are finally reading what has been until this point, a very private
piece of work. I found myself likening it to stepping outside the house naked. That’s how vulnerable I felt.
But it’s finally out there! And that’s a really great feeling
All About Elaine
Elaine spent 25 years working in marketing and communications in the media and
entertainment industries. This included seven years marketing national newspapers and a
variety of senior executive roles in TV, radio and film. I Can’t Tell You Why is her first novel.
Elaine lives in North London with her husband and their two sons. When she’s not writing,
she can be found looking harassed on the school run, cheering on the side lines of her sons’
football matches or singing her heart out at her local branch of Popchoir.
Where To Find Elaine
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