Join us as Clare London goes Outside the Margins.
So what do YOU do?
“So what do you do?”
How often have I heard that? Whether it’s from friends or strangers. And it’s more frequent now I’m not working. But I am working! I say to myself. It’s just that I’m not working in an office, in a city, for a corporation, in a role that’s definable. You see, I’m an author.
my inquisitor sucks in a breath And then come the secondary questions.
Oh yeah? Wink-wink
It’s just an excuse to sit at home and watch TV, right? No, I say. I don’t often have time. Scribbling a few words a day, they say, and surfing through Facebook. No, I say again, maybe more testily. It takes long hours, discipline and scheduling to produce a rewarding and marketable product.
Have you had anything published?
Yes, I say, and watch them startle. This shows that “what we do” is often measured by things other than self-fulfilment and the joy of creation. It only counts when you earn from it / it wins awards / people know your name. sigh Not that I’m being hypocritical. I like being published, I like seeing my books on Amazon. And having worked in a commercial office day job all my adult life, I know that’s how the world turns.
Like 50 Shades?
Oh, how I sigh at this question LOL. But I know it’s a sign of people looking for a point of overlap, so they can discuss it with you. Just … not an overlap with just one book, okay? There are other books on the shelf LOL.
You can’t live on that, can you?
The green eyes of jealousy think the scribbling-a-few-words-thing will earn them millions without having to face the morning commute, boring routine, and bloody hard work of their own jobs. No, I tell them with a smile, I don’t make enough – though I know many people do – but it’s true that most writers don’t (Oh, and there’s plenty of boring routine and bloody hard work in my life, too!).
So when are you going back to work?
I am working! my inner voice wails. But I hope never to go back to a nine-to-five, office-based job, and never to be an employee again. That’s not to say I don’t intend to work hard, work to a schedule, meet deadlines and strive for a living wage. Just… I want to do it for myself now LOL.
That’s brilliant, well done! What are you working on at the moment?
Oh what a treat to hear this! Even if it’s someone who doesn’t read my work, it’s wonderful to be able to chat with someone who understands and empathises with what other people choose to do with their life. And shows enthusiasm and interest!
So, here’s MY question … What do I do, friends?
I write, I enjoy it, I talk about it, I network with authors and readers, I publish it, and I make a small income from it. And recently? I’ve written instalments in the kick-ass, “With A Kick” romantic comedy series which I love to share with readers! Thanks for reading!
Title: With A Kick series
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Gay, Humor/Comedy, M/M Romance
WITH A KICK SERIES: A new and enticing ice cream franchise, with a unique blend of full flavour, mischief and romance. Patrick and Lee are struggling to make a success of their alcoholic ice cream shop in the centre of tourist London. At the same time, their business partnership may take a turn towards the personal – if either of them can find the time and nerve to go for it! Meanwhile, they cater to the wild and wonderful range of customers in the area, many of whom have their own romantic agenda. Will ice cream be the final ingredient they’re all looking for?
A joint-authored project with Sue Brown, this series of romantic novellas launched August 2014. Each story will have a self-contained romance, but will follow the history of the shop throughout.
Find all the details and BUY links at http://www.clarelondon.com/books/series-with-a-kick/
~ Clare London
About Clare London
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