On 6 March 2017, I launched my writing career with the publication of my debut novel, The Journey Home. A work of literary fiction, this book explores issues of the mind, body and spirit on a path of self-development.
Set in Kent in July 2014, this is the story of Julia, a 40-year old personal assistant who takes two weeks out of her busy career schedule to spend some time at home, trying to make sense of her life and the crazy world around her. We are taken though Julia's deepest and darkest thoughts and deeds as she travels along her journey to find out her purpose in life. Through facing up to her past failures, she is able to let go of negative emotions and embark upon a path towards freedom, forgiveness and peace.
It's a story of great friendship, love and resolution. Although the world is very much an alien place, there are kindred spirits who help Julia along her way - critically, Jim, Julia's husband; and Marg, an unknown work colleague who becomes one of Julia's best friends.
Julia concludes that the world is abnormal but it has to be in order to provide the training ground for developing character, practising patience and finding peace, happiness and love. Julia discovers she is alive! Ultimately this is a story about letting go of anger and travelling towards freedom and happiness in an affirmation of one's life.
The Journey Home is available in paperback and on Kindle here.
The Artist is the sequel to The Journey Home and is due to be published in December 2019. A work of literary fiction, this book explores themes of self-doubt, brokenness, faith and love. Subscribe below for a sneak preview!
The Artist tells the surprising story of how Julia stumbles upon her gift for oil painting and resolves to take a leap of faith to leave the security of a well-paid but soul-destroying job for the highs and lows of an artist’s life. She discovers that the art world is a rollercoaster ride of enthusiasm and painful disappointments.
Alongside her creative journey she struggles with self-doubt, physical burnout and emotional turmoil. She searches her soul for the answers and writes an artist’s prayer for help. She works hard to try and recover a sense of identity, power and faith.
Julia’s journey is full of twists and turns and difficult obstacles to navigate. It is only through trying to understand why her life has become so broken that she is able to gain the strength to leave behind everything she knows in search of her dream.
Does she have what it takes and ultimately, will she succeed?
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