Message to Readers
Two updates in as many weeks! This must be something of a record for me. But this update is well worth it.
A few months ago, I was provided with the opportunity to do the edit on a non-fiction book written by a South African firefighter. I was approached by a friend and asked if there was some way that I might be able to assist him with his book. So, I asked him to send me his book to look at, and the rest, as they say in the classics, is history.
Lindsay Z. Mnguni’s Firefighter: First and Foremost was released on Amazon Kindle for pre-order last week (release date 29 October) and by the end of the week it was already at number 1 on the Amazon Kindle Best Seller list!
I would like to congratulate Lindsay on an outstanding achievement.
Lindsay is a man who is dedicated to his family, his God, and his job. When I had my meeting with him to discuss the edit of his book, I was impressed with the passion that he had for his career and his compassion for the people he had been ‘called’ to help. I could see the tears in his eyes as he spoke about some of the horrors that he had witnessed in places like Haiti, Japan and the Philippines. For a big man, he is a gentle person, and the publishing of his book was a dream come true for him.
So, Lindsay, once again CONGRATULATIONS on a job well done and I wish you every success with your book. Now start writing the next one.
I will be posting a review of the book inside soon.
Well, it has been some time since I last visited here and told you all what was happening.
Just recently I was having a conversation with two people on Facebook, one is a gentleman who delights everyone in the group with the most wonderful stories and whose book we are waiting for with the patience of a five-year old on Christmas eve and the second was a young gent who wanted to know what it took to write a book.
He had his own ideas, but Ralph (hope you don't mind me naming you) had some solid guidance and advice for the young man, all of which I agreed with. But I wanted to share something with both, because it has helped me when I write, and although I don't think this would be applicable to Ralph, because he already writes from the heart, it might assist the young gentleman to get started. When I first started out I had no idea what I wanted to write about, just that I did. So, I checked what one of my favourite authors had to say about writing and followed that advice. He said:
'Write what you know about or what you have a love for.'
This is not a direct quotation but something similar, it is however, sound advice as I was to find out and it has worked for me, mostly, and so I passed this on and it will hopefully help that young man with his writing too. I can thank Mr. Wilbur Smith for that gem.
My first two books were based on experiences, and knowledge I had collected over thirty years, I knew the subject material. The third book took me out of my comfort zone somewhat. Flying was a topic that I had a long-standing interest in, and I had all the material I needed to write the book as well as expert assistance. I have just started my fourth book, this one is different, this one is coming from my happy place, a place I love beyond all others, a place that revitalises my soul and keeps me sane in a world going haywire.
It is a book I started almost seven years ago and then put away. I hope with the accrued experience I have gained over the years writing the other books, I can now do justice to this one.
In the meantime, keep reading!