“The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.”
I love this Agatha Christie quote because, like ninety-five percent of writers, I have a day job. And my day job involves washing a lot of dishes. You see, I run a small guest house in Edinburgh called The Balmoral, not to be confused with a certain palace of the same name! In fact, I have two day jobs: I am also director of the online creative writing school, www.writingclasses.co.uk.
Why a Bed and Breakfast? Well, I thought running a guest house would give me free time to write. Ha ha! Now if you’ve ever run a guest house, you’ll know what a ridiculous notion the idea of having free time is. However, with a little bit of planning and some help, I did start writing (see The Scottish Lady Detective Series and the Blue Suitcase books). So, running a guest house works for this writer
Why www.writingclasses.co.uk.? I love writing and wanted to share my passion for it with others. I also happen to believe to teach a skill is an honourable way to earn a living. In the words of Hanif Kureishi “I felt if I knew something, I should pass it on.” And so do my tutors, who are a great bunch of writers.
Finally, I’d love to hear from you. So do get in touch, whether it’s about one of my books or running a guest house, or just to say hello :o) And if you want to follow the blog and get regular updates from me, it’s as easy as clicking in the link below.
PS: Before becoming a writer I did many things, including being a croupier, a marketing manager, a chambermaid, a cashier, a Brussels sprouts picker, but mostly I was a teacher. I taught English and/or Drama in Germany, Spain, the Republic of Kiribati and Papua New Guinea. I also wrote plays.