My Apsirations to Forge a New Career as an Author

If you’d said to me 3 years ago that I'd be a published author someday, I would have laughed at you, however that’s exactly what I'm going to become in October this year.

Career-wise I've done many things in my time, each one in stark contrast to the others. I've been a baker and confectioner, a quarry worker, a professional drummer, a fire-fighter, a water board worker, a charter boat skipper, a pier worker-port assistant with CalMac, and now, the most exciting of all, an author.

Some of these jobs were exciting, thrilling even. As a drummer there's no better way of expressing yourself than hammering it out at the back of the band, the volume the atmosphere, the rush of energy. It's physical, demanding, but above all it's fulfilling when you see and hear the reaction of the crowd before you.

Being a fire-fighter, I also felt that thrill, the excitement, the huge adrenalin rush as the anticipation mounted as we careered along the road in the fire engine with sirens blaring and blue lights flashing, not knowing what we would be confronted with on arrival at the incident, and above all the responsibility.

  • My Aspirations to become an Author

So, how could being an author possibly be more exciting than being a pro-rock drummer or a fire-fighter I hear you ask?

As far as I'm concerned, there are similarities, albeit in a more subtle way. When I started writing Becoming Julie I thought it would be difficult to express myself as I thought authors were a wee bit boring, therefore I thought writing a book would be boring.

However, as I progressed to around 20 pages I began to realize that I had become engrossed in my own life story, it had got a grip of me – I felt like I was writing about a stranger – almost like a work of fiction, a novel even. And I just couldn't put it down. I began to express myself in a way I hadn't done for years, and as I had done while playing on stage, I couldn't wait to get to the next part of the tune to further express my feelings. Likewise while writing the book I just couldn't wait to get to the next paragraph, to put into words what my mind wanted to say, and how my imagination wanted to say it.

As time went on this began to give me a tremendous feeling of wellbeing, and a great sense of achievement, and it has become one of the most exciting things I have done in my entire life.

I'm very proud of my newly found status as a published author, and I'm determined to continue that. There's a great deal more I want to say to the world and, Becoming Julie is but a snapshot of my journey so far. The sequel, which I intend to start writing next winter, will delve ever deeper into that journey, and will cover a much darker and more controversial side of my life story.

Becoming Julie is a true account of my life and the planned sequel will continue that account. However, my third book will be something new for me, as it will be a work of fiction, which will be loosely based on my own story, but even although this is 2 or 3 years down the line I have already accumulated a huge amount of notes and ideas and it will be something to which I can let my vivid imagination run wild on.

Next time I'll talk a little about the wildlife we find here on Coll

Speak soon!