I started my Sunshine in London blog many years ago, as a random collection of posts about job-hunting, living in and exploring London as a newly-arrived Zimbabwean/South African, and pretty much anything else I could think of. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done – not only did it give me a chance to write every day of the week, but it opened my world to the most beautiful, generous and wonderful community of fellow writers right across the globe. I learnt so much from reading your amazing writing every day – it was a fun and hugely valuable learning experience for me. Thank you to every single one of you.
So to bring us back to today – the final day of 2021 – I am thrilled to announce that I will soon be publishing my first novel! For more years than I care to remember, I’ve longed to write a book – I just never knew how to approach it, or where to start. And almost exactly two years ago, I just went ahead and started. I had boxes full of notebooks in which I’d noted quirky and random observations from the past couple of decades; the universe had served me all the characters and context on a silver platter! I just needed to find a hook and build my story around it.
I started writing, and I kept going. Not always forwards – often backwards, many times sideways, sometimes in circles, but always learning. I annoyed myself intensely many times. But I followed my nose and my instincts and I hope you’ll enjoy the final product – a feel-good comedy.
Keeping hold of all of my characters and story threads and plot-lines sometimes felt like I was doing all my grocery shopping without a basket or a trolley. I hoped like mad I hadn’t dropped anything and I’d reach the till with everything I’d set out to buy.
Having started writing at the beginning of 2020, just before the global pandemic began, I ended 2020 with my first draft and 2021 with my final manuscript. Morag, my main character and Sweet Charity’s narrator, is as nervous as a kitten to make her debut and hopes she doesn’t make an idiot of herself and everything. She feels exactly the way I did the first time I pressed ‘publish’ on this blog, and she really really hopes you’ll like her. I do, too.
Sunshine in London signing off for now, and wishing you all a blessed, beautiful and peaceful 2022.
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Hi darling ruthThink of u so often Congrats on your bookI look forward to reading itHave a peaceful start to new yearLots of love 💘Sent from my Galaxy
Thanks so much, Michel! And you too xx
Fantastic. Can’t wait to read it. Happy New Year special person
Thank you, you encourager you! And happy new year to you too, T xx
Awesome Ruth… what an achievement! I have no doubt whatsoever that we are all gonna love it! All the best for 2022. XXX
Awesome Ruth! What an achievement… I have no doubt whatsoever that we are all going to love it! All the best for 2022 🙂 XXX
Thank you so much, Joy, I so appreciate that. All the best to you too for 2022 xx
I remember when we all used to blog daily. Then as John Lennon said, life got in the way and we got distracted. I am delighted to see you back here again and look forward to reading your book when it becomes available. With very best wishes for 2022.
Ah, I know, right? Thank you so much, Judith. And very best wishes to you too xx