OK, so here goes. The blog was easy enough to set up (as everyone told me it would be), and compared with the terrible technical uncertainties of creating a website (well, all right - having one created for me by a clever friend!), it looks like being a piece of cake. So today is my baptism as a novice blogger. If I can write novels and get them published - still a source of wonder to me - surely I can write a few paragraphs on a blog that might interest somebody, somewhere?
That's the thing with blogs, I suppose. How do you know? Unless you attract 'followers' of your own - like a little mini fan-club I suppose - do you always wonder whether anyone is ever going to read it? Do you always feel, as I do at the moment, that you're shouting feebly into outer space, or (first sign of madness) talking to yourself?
Well - for anyone, anywhere, who might stumble upon this blog and wonder about my strange ramblings, I guess the polite thing to do on this first occasion is to introduce myself. So - hi! I'm Olivia, and I'm a novelist. And you can't imagine how much I love saying that!! After spending most of my life as a closet writer, I've now 'come out', given up my day job and devote my days to my writing and my family. Perhaps that should read - my family and my writing. And a few time-wasting pursuits like reading e-mail and other people's blogs!
I've had two novels published so far: 'Tales from a Hen Weekend' and 'Tales from a Wedding Day' - both published by Piatkus. And the third book - 'Tales from a Honeymoon Hotel' comes out in July. You can read more about the books (and more of my ramblings!) on my website http://www.oliviaryan.com/ - but basically, they're all separate stories (despite the titles) about relationships between families and friends. I've really enjoyed writing about the events surrounding a wedding, because of all the emotional stuff involved - not just happiness and fun but sometimes arguments, doubts and regrets that come into play.
Well - I think I've said enough for a first-timer so here goes - sending this out into cyberspace ...
anyone out there???