I have to have silence when I write and I like to be alone so I have no distractions. I find that I like to write near the ocean, where the sounds of the waves drown out any other sounds. For me the water is relaxing and soothing. I thought it would also be inspiring if I could spend a couple of weeks alone at the sea on the Amalfi Coast to finish writing my first novel, a work I had begun two years ago.
I am fortunate in that my dream became a reality and I have been able to spend two weeks last month in Positano on the beautiful Amalfi Coast finishing up Critical Cover-Up, my first novel.
This has been a work in progress for the past two years, during which time I had put it on the back burner so I could write and publish Colors of Naples and the Amalfi Coast. I think it’s more than a coincidence that after I finished that book , I chose the Amalfi Coast as the place to find my inspiration to complete writing the first draft of Critical Cover-Up.
Now I have started the rewriting process and finished the second draft. My manuscript is in the hands of four beta readers, whose feedback will be invaluable to me, as I review it and continue with the rewriting process and the third draft. After that I will hand it over to my editor who will send it back to me to make more changes and start the fourth draft. A good editor and award-winning author once told me to expect to write at least five drafts before publishing a book. At first I though she was crazy but I have since learned that she was right.
I’ll then be working on my cover, collaborating with an expert I know and trust. I plan to release my book as an e-book as well as a paperback edition, and it will be available on Amazon.com as well as in the UK and other countries.
If all goes well I am hoping for a spring release date, so definitely stay tuned for more updates.
Enjoy a few more photos from my inspiring place in Italy. All I have to do is see these images and I feel completely relaxed.
How about you? What relaxes you? Where is your go-to place to feel inspired? I’m eager to hear your feedback so please leave a comment.
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Grazie and Ciao