Writer’s journey – How did it all happen?

This is  my writer’s blog about me and my crazy journey to becoming a half decent author.

Well how did I start writing? It was quite odd really. I used to write as a teenager. At the time I had a ginger tom cat called Chester, Mr. Popularity, everyone loved him. He liked to venture afar and we would often have to rescue him. I remember one occasion in particular, my brother and I ended up trudging through the woods, in Blackhall in Edinburgh, to pick him up from a house in the vicinity. He ended up at the most peculiar places. One time he chose to visit a house with thirteen cats!

Here he is looking very much like a tom cat with attitude!


I told you he liked company. So it seemed natural to  write about cats,  and I kept a diary. My dad was and still is one of my other great sources of inspiration.  He has travelled extensively to the Far East, and Middle East and is a wonderful raconteur.

As far as my writing is concerned the inevitable happened.  I was the typical teenager. I got distracted. I found boys, discos, parties, and my writing suffered. Somehow I didn’t pick it up again for a very long time. This is a regret. A massive regret. But what can I do? I can’t travel back in time, I don’t have a Tardis. So I just have to accept that the time is right now.  You see, I’m still this young girl at heart, just stuck in an older and maybe wiser body. I have experienced more, travelled more, lived more, so hopefully that will make me a better writer.

Several events came together to ignite my desire to write again. First of all I read a lot.  At the time I was reading Dorian Gray and it was definitely a novel that captured my imagination and set my mind free. Also my eldest daughter was studying GCSE Art and I took a sudden interest in art and photography. I’m not saying that I can paint or draw, though I wish I could. No, I enjoyed watching her artistic development and I enjoyed sharing ideas with her and encouraging her.

All of these influences helped me to write my first book, a children’s/YA fantasy set in Cambridge, which I hope to publish soon. The female protagonist in my novel is a teenage girl who paints a puzzle of art. But it is by no means a novel simply about Art. She expresses her sadness, and discovers her magical powers, through the medium of painting and well the rest you will find out when you read the book. Lets just say that a lot happens and I think that it will keep you entertained!  Well I hope so anyway.

Also I know this sounds crazy but my other source of inspiration was a black cat, a  throw back to Chester.  I had never seen this strange black cat before and suddenly he just started appearing in our garden. There was something different about him. He appeared  like a miniature panther, all glossy and splendid, looking for attention, with his mesmerising eyes, I fell under his spell. He liked to show off, he would disappear into thin air, climb to ridiculous heights, or chase his tail around the garden like a demented clown. He just had to play a part in this book too. Lets just say he has a subsidiary part to a main character, who is male, young and very interesting too, just like him. That was the beginning. Looking back I am amazed that from just a few initial thoughts my idea just seemed to grow and grow. Now my debut novel is nearly ready for the final edit. How did that happen? I couldn’t be happier in fact if I had a tail, I’m sure I would be whizzing around and around chasing it with excitement!

Update: I am in the process of editing my novel with a view to self publishing this year. More about that soon. I will continue to add news to this from time to time, or post individual updates on my blog.

Bye for now, xxxxx


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About Marje @ Kyrosmagica

Hi. Welcome to my blog, Kyrosmagica. A blog about magic, books, writing, laughter, and much more! I'm a debut writer in the process of finishing my first YA fantasy novel, set in Cambridge. I write book reviews on Net Galley and Goodreads. I have a penchant for travel and have relatives in far flung places, Australia, Malaysia, and Singapore, (my birthplace.) I grew up in in Bonnie Scotland, in Edinburgh, and now live in Cambridge. I love sunny, hot places, particularly Rome, Venice, Portugal, Barcelona, and I forgot to mention the sun drenched beaches of the Caribbean, how could I? I am lucky to have been blessed with two lovely daughters and a husband who I fondly refer to in this blog as my black sheep. Family joke! With my passion for travel, culture, beautiful beaches, good food, books, theatre, writing, and humour, I hope to keep you entertained. I'm loving every minute of this creative journey, please join me.
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246 Responses to Writer’s journey – How did it all happen?

  1. lbeth1950 says:

    I love your blog. Good luck with the queries. I am querying now. I make a point to send off a few every day. We will hit the jackpot!

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  2. Hi, I loved the whole post. You write beautifully. Looking forward to reading more!

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  3. I like your writing style, it’s very conversational. I’m often inspired by animals too!

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  4. maryc25 says:

    Best of luck with the book, Marje.

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  5. Well, this is an interesting read, Marje. I decided to dig deep into your blog’s archive and I’m so pleased I did because, here, I see the beginnings of ‘The Curse Of Time.’ It’s told me how it all began and I can almost see the whole journey and that finishing post (which I hope will be in Nov 2016).
    Lovely to read about how writing has interacted in your life. If you find that TARDIS, then please let me know because, like you, I’d go back and get serious about my writing many years before I knuckled down and started to.

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  6. voulaah says:

    have a very nice monday dear

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  7. Loved the post. I used to keep a diary as well and, I had a dog, Chikkush, a pug…
    Great to know about your writing journey. Best of luck for your upcoming book… 🙂

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  8. myraho78 says:

    I’m a cat lover too. Once my dog Lilly lost her puppy. My baby brother found her a baby kitten. She was so happy adopted the kitten right away. She milked the kitten as if it was her own puppy! But you know something? when that kitten grew up, he did know how to cover it wastes. He could climb up to the tree, but didn’t know how to get down. Many times my brother had to climb up the tree to get him down. Once we found him crying so hard on the roof. My poor brother had to borrow a ladder from our neighbour to take him down! My mother said it’s because his mother was a dog.

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  10. Sheila says:

    That’s funny – a cat also played a part in my first story about a million years ago. They can be fun characters. Your book sounds interesting – I love the idea of magic happening through a painting.

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