“What was the trigger for your book?”
This simple question has made a huge difference to my approach to writing as it made me think about what was important and how perhaps I could make my stories matter. More important, it prompted me to ask, could I write something that might make a difference to someone’s life?
My first book is a straightforward action, adventure novel with a touch of romance. Nothing wrong with that, a relaxing read, an introduction to the beauty of Kenya, the perfect holiday read.
But I wanted to do more than just write a story, I wanted to make people think, to learn something, to make a difference.
I’d had an idea about working on a book that covered how a family struggled to deal with someone in their midst suffering from a long term illness. I wanted to explore the pressures put on the family, and how an illness suffered by one person could impact the rest.