Bramley woman Clare Smith celebrates publishing her first novel 20 years after starting it (From Daily Echo)
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Bramley woman Clare Smith celebrates publishing her first novel 20 years after starting it
IT’S been a long chapter in her life, but delighted Clare Smith has published her first book on Kindle – more than two decades after she started writing it.
Mrs Smith, 62, first put pen to paper when she went through a period of unemployment around 20 years ago, and began writing The Grey Robe.
But when she returned to work in human resources, the project took a back seat and it wasn’t until a few years ago, when she semi-retired, that she began writing the book, which forms part of a trilogy, in earnest.
Now she has completed all three books and has published The Grey Robe on Kindle, where it is available to download for £3.12.
She said she is hoping for sales in excess of £30,000, as she has been offered a deal with publishers if she exceeds this target.
Mrs Smith, from Bramley, said: “When I was unemployed, I had this idea for a trilogy of books but then I found work again and just got caught up in work.
“I’d love to sell enough to get a publisher, and I just hope that everyone enjoys reading it.”
The fantasy trilogy is entitled The Sword and the Spell, with the second book called The White Robe and the third The Black Robe.
The first book, which is 383 pages long, tells the story of an orphan, Jonderill, who is mistreated before he is rescued from his bleak life by a black magician with a good heart.
He ultimately finds himself accused of kidnapping and murder.
The following two books, which Mrs Smith also hopes to self-publish on Kindle, will follow his journey.
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