I'm assuming that the gratifying number of people who have looked me up on line have done so because they're interested in the Montegrappa Scholastic Prize for New Children's Writing. So it makes sense to write a bit about how I came to enter it. Now I'm visualising you hastily manoeuvring your cursor up to 'New Tab'. That's probably a very good idea. BUT just in case anyone is interested, here it goes..........
Like many other avid readers, I've always wanted to write for myself. So why has it taken me so long? One reason was definitely fear. While you cherish the dream but don't try to realise it, you can't be a failure. Can you? Maybe, but you can't be a success either. And perhaps being too scared to try is a kind of failure in itself.
My courage was given a boost (more of a kick start, really) when I completed my Masters in English Literature. That proved to me that I could produce a reasonably coherent piece of sustained writing. It was time to have a go at achieving my dream.
I don't know how it will work out, but I LOVE writing and when I'm not doing it, I'm thinking about it. Even if nothing comes of my 'Milly Delane.... ' books, that's something to be grateful for. Published or not, that's not failure.