It is always wonderful to hear about an author's writing journey, especially debut authors, and crime authors at that!! Put on the kettle and enjoy Kelly Creighton's story over at www.writing.ie..
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I never saw myself as a crime writer. To begin with all I wanted to do was write a book; it was a personal challenge I'd set myself after not writing at all for ten years. Looking back, maybe it would have been helpful to ask myself early on what I liked to read, and what kind of writer I aspired to be, to try to direct my output better. For two years I worked on a (now shelved) novel, attended a course and many workshops. I started submitting my poems and short stories to journals, gaining a few acceptances out of a huge mountain of rejections. Any positive feedback that anyone gave me about my work, I wrote down and kept to look at when I got another rejection, so I wouldn’t be tempted to pack it all in......READ MORE HERE