I am delighted to welcome the VERY lovely Judith Baker to takeover my blog today … Over to you Judith!
I always had an image in my head of what life would be like should I be fortunate enough to ever get a book published. I would spend my days sitting in cafes scribbling in my notebook, or strolling through a park, taking in the sights, soaking up the atmosphere ready to cram it all into my next book. As it turns out, I did get a book published but as you can probably guess, my life as an author is anything but sedate. I don’t even carry a notebook (shameful I know. ) No sitting in cafes and definitely no ambling in parks! I still work full time so have to make the most of my weekends and evenings to write, which most of the time I do with aplomb. However, as we all know, life is busy and sometimes my writing has to take a backseat.
On the day I signed a contract with my publisher for my recent 3 book deal, I was in a classroom full of noisy children, sandwich in one hand, cup of tea in the other, reading through the contract whilst trying to sort out a squabble between a group of kids. The romantic notion of sitting under a tree on a summer’s day while penning my latest bestseller was squashed right there!
I’m hoping that one day I’ll have as much money as J.K. Rowling by which point I may have even managed to buy myself a notebook, but then I’ll have to remember to actually take it with me. I tend to carry my ideas in my head, which is pretty full at the best of times!
School holidays is when I do most of my writing. I wrote over half of my latest book, Her Dark Retreat, during the Easter break. With a new writing desk and a superb view of our garden I had no excuse to not get any writing done. My third book was written in the main, during the 6 week summer break. Without the school holidays, I honestly think I would be forced to give up writing which doesn’t bear thinking about. Getting published has been my dream for as long as I can remember.
I often go to bed with the idea that I’ll get up early and have two chapters written before work. It never seems to happen though! Time is definitely an issue for me (or rather the lack of it) but I wouldn’t change anything about my life. A busy day keeps me in touch with people and also provides me with plenty of ideas for new stories and that’s what it’s all about isn’t it?
Judith’s debut novel, Undercurrent, is out now and let me tell you, it’s bloody brilliant!!!
An unmissable new psychological thriller
Phoebe and her disabled husband, Martyn, move into a new house in a village on the edge of County Durham. They plan to lead a quiet existence, a set up that suits them both.
Then Anna, who lives over the road and is bored of spending her days alone, seeks friendship with Phoebe and events take a dark turn.
Phoebe has secrets and is haunted by her past and Anna’s arrival in her life may prove to be the catalyst for her undoing.
What is Phoebe hiding and why are she and her husband so reclusive?
When Anna gets caught in a storm and is rescued by Phoebe the truth becomes apparent and Anna is thrown into danger.
Is there a difference between madness and evil?
Some friendships can be murder.
About Judith …
J.A.BAKER was born and brought up in the north east of England and has had a love of language for as long as she can remember.
After gaining an MA in Education & Applied Linguistics with the Open University, she found herself with spare time and embarked on doing something she always wanted to do – write a novel.
She has a love of local history and genealogy and enjoys reading many genres of books but is an addict of psychological thrillers.
In December 2016 she was signed by Bloodhound Books who published Undercurrent. J.A. Baker is currently working on her second novel.
She has four adult children and a grandchild, and lives in a village near Darlington with her husband and dog.
You find out more about J.A.Baker by visiting her website at jabakerauthor.com