I was the toddler glued to my Mum’s hip, the little girl who hid behind her skirt in the supermarket.
As the years folded by, I learnt to hold my own and be less afraid of the big wide world, yet I still don’t seek notoriety. I’d offer to play in your band, but as the drummer at the back of the stage, out of the spotlight. If you met me you’d never guess; outwardly I’m a very sociable person. But inwardly there are still moments in my life when I crave that skirt to hide behind. Perhaps that’s why writing suits me, tucked away from the world, lost in my stories?
Herein lies the problem: you may write the best prose in the world, but if people don’t hear about it, they’ll never read it, and the books won’t sell. I enjoy engaging in Twitter, Face book and writing blog posts, and will continue to do so. But now it’s time to embrace the human approach.
So – I arranged signings with two local book stores in May. In preparation, I’ve spent a few days working with a printer on design for posters incorporating my author picture to publicise, and been photographed for the local press. This forthcoming week, I have my first interview in a local BBC radio station.
In the past, even the prospect of presentations and public appearances in the day job filled me with dread. Strangely, I find myself excited and exhilarated by these events. Maybe it’s because I’m engaged in something I’m passionate about, or due to the fact that I know my subject matter. (If anything I’ll talk too much and bore them to death!) Perhaps, on the day, I’ll freeze, my mouth will dry up and pains will spike my chest. But I doubt that.
It is fascinating that our stories can introduce so many new experiences to our lives. As a Newbie, I never imagined being in this position. (I know it’s a cliche, but I really do still pinch myself everyday!) This is the reality of publishing our work. So, the skirt’s been tossed in the trash can. At the moment, I want to enjoy every single one of them.
Jane Isaac’s first novel, An Unfamiliar Murder, is out on Amazon.com, Amazon.uk and Kindle worldwide now. 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. You can catch up with her at www.janeisaac.co.uk