I’ve always been fascinated by rainbows. As a child I was obsessed with chasing them, inconsolable when they disappeared into an empty sky. In adulthood they still make me smile, presenting a colourful element of mystery, magic and opportunity.
This week my time has been consumed with my website: meeting my web designer, discussing layout, writing content. A very exciting and engaging time (occasionally I pinch myself to make sure it’s real), but then he asked me that question – what about you?
Hmm. I love every aspect of writing. I’m in my element, filling my brain with new characters for a novel or researching, plotting and planning a new story. But ask about me, my own life, my inspirations, and I want to crawl into a little hole and hibernate.
After my recent interview with Peter Hobbs, many of you may be surprised to hear this. But it is so much easier to answer direct questions, especially if they’re asked in a humorous and quirky way. Being asked to sit down and write something about myself, makes my stomach fold.
It led me to think about my stories. When writing fiction we share our lives with imaginary characters, characters that are formed on the basis of what we have learnt, experienced, read, observed. Pieces of those characters inhabit our world, in some small way. We may not share their traits, but we researched them, formed them, know them inside out. (Depending on your genre, this can be quite a scary prospect.)
I considered this. If I can share my fictitious characters, a part of the world that only occupied my head previously, then why not myself? I am much more grounded (and a lot less interesting) than my major characters, that’s for sure. So, I grasped my pen and wrote a few lines.
As my website is finished, my book comes out and I bare a part my soul to the world, I think back to my little fascination and it gives me great comfort. I’m still chasing rainbows. Part of me hopes that I’ll never reach the end.
Jane Isaac’s first novel, An Unfamiliar Murder, will be released by Rainstorm Press in February 2012. Jane is still very much a Newbie and with a day job, a family and a very demanding black Labrador, she squeezes her writing into every spare moment she gets. Join her on the rocky road from pen to publication!