This week, the Scribbler welcomes sisters Anita Dawes & Jaye Marie. Two accomplished authors who share many things – a popular website, a passion for writing, a love of detective thrillers, supporting authors and having fun.
It’s a pleasure to have them as guests this week. Read on to discover more.
Take it away, Ladies.
When Allan asked us to write a post for his website, we thought we could tell you how we began…
8 years ago, when we first started hearing about indie publishing, we never thought for a moment that it could be something we could do, as the thought of anything complicated to do with a computer, apart from playing solitaire, that is, filled us with dread.
I had been writing for years and submitted my work to most of the mainstream publishers. Very nearly made it too, but as they say, a miss is as good as a mile! Which was a shame, for many people liked what I wrote.
It didn’t take long for the idea of doing it ourselves to take root in our imagination and became something we were determined to do. So, I enlisted the help of my sister, Jaye, as she is far more computer literate than I and much more stubborn too!
What Jaye had to learn was incredible, and unbelievably hard. I tried to keep up with her, but there were days when she was pulling her hair out. Some of it was easy, which tended to lull us into a false sense of achievement, but we persevered.
Eventually, we learned how to upload manuscripts to Amazon, and I was finally a published author (well, sort of).
Then something strange happened. Jaye began to write too. She had always been content with her many hobbies and to edit my work, but writing gets into your blood. Different characters started talking to her and before we knew what was happening, there were two writers in the family!
Learning how to do all of that was a nightmare, but soon, our books were on Amazon, and we were like a couple of Cheshire cats. We soon discovered that this was only half of the battle. Apparently, we needed a platform, a reader friendly website to promote our books or they would remain in limbo. Well, we managed to create a passable website and over the years we have established a presence on the internet, and we have met so many lovely people along the way. Not that this is the end of the story, there is no way you can rest on your laurels (that’s if you even have some!)
Now, we are learning all about marketing, and this might be the straw that breaks both our backs!
Even if nothing monumental comes from all our efforts, we know we have tried our hardest. But whatever happens (or doesn’t!) we won’t stop writing, that’s the fun part!
Anita Dawes loves all things esoteric, magical and
other worldly and would prefer to live in a fairy tale. In between these
moments, she likes to visit old churches and ancient buildings.
She has written six fiction novels in various
genres, Bad Moon, Simple, Secrets, The Scarlet Ribbon; Let it Go and Not My
Life. Presently working on a sequel to her popular supernatural romance, The
Anita has recently rediscovered her childhood love
of poetry and often writes and posts them online, which is how this book came
Once owned by an egocentric black and white cat called Merlin, named after her favourite hero, Anita hates computers with a passion and prefers to write longhand, sharing the website Books & Bonsai with Jaye Marie, who transcribes and edits her work...
Marie came to writing rather late but has always loved books.
She enjoys reading many different genres, so was surprised to discover a passion for writing detective thrillers. Four of them to date, with more to follow.
For all you wonderful readers and visitors wanting to discover more about Anita & Jaye, please follow these links:
Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anita-Dawes/e/B0034NUE10
Thank you ladies for being our guests. Wishing you continued success with your stories.