Guest post by Gillian Jackson, author of the Maggie Sayer Novels, Mr. Pinkerton and From Victim to Survivor. www.gillianjackson.co.uk
I began to write seriously about eight years ago when I developed an interest in psychology and counselling after personal experience of how powerful a tool it can be. This led to further training in the subject and also to writing, hence Maggie Sayer was born!
Maggie is a therapeutic counsellor who has had some pretty hard knocks in life but has taught herself to live in the moment, a mantra she encourages clients to adopt. Over the last few years I have worked on a trilogy of Maggie Sayer books which has now become a series with book number four, ‘The First Stone’. There is a theme of judgement running through this latest book with the title taken from the Bible verse, ‘Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.’ Like all the novels it tackles some rather gritty contemporary issues but in a sensitive way, presenting a rounded view of each issue and generally with a happy ending!
Inspiration comes from life itself. When you begin to write you see the world differently. tweet
Inspiration comes from life itself. When you begin to write you see the world differently and squirrel away those engaging little nuggets of information which may one day inspire your writing. You look at people differently too, storing up pictures of physical attributes and character traits for future use.
Writing is a passion and I have no problem disciplining myself to write, the hard part for me is the editing. Once I have written those magic words, ‘The end’ I have to rein myself in as I want to get the book out there in the market place and in my excitement am tempted to rush the editing process which is probably equally as important as the writing.
I am also a great believer in reading and honestly do not think I could write if I did not read widely. Having spent many years working with pre-school children my first love was for children’s books which I still go back to and have the pleasure of sharing with my grandchildren.
With four Maggie Sayer books complete, I am departing from the series with my next project and have begun to write ‘Abduction’. Yes, it is about the abduction of a child and explores the family dynamics and how each member is affected. The challenge for me in this work is to write in the first person, each chapter from a different viewpoint and spanning fourteen years. That’s all I can say without spoiling the plot which is evolving with each chapter and sometimes surprises even me!