Extracts from Defining Moments

In June 2015, I was made redundant.  I felt betrayed and angry.  So to calm my troubled soul I decided to finish the novel I started writing in my thirties.

Two months later, the redundancy thing was beginning to pale into submission.  For the first time in a very long time, I was writing every day and I was loving it.  Whilst basking in creative writing heaven, I lost four family members during the following six month period.  I felt like I had been hit square in the face by a heavyweight boxer.

Facing the toughest emotional test of my life, I wrote my way through the phycological turmoil, during the day and often through the night, when sleep evaded me.  I threw everything I had writing a bittersweet story about love and loss, coating it all with a drizzle of humour and a dash of sass.

During the last three years, six months, that novel I started writing in my thirties morphed into something else and last week I crossed the t’s and dotted the i’s of the final draft.

Defining Moments is a coming of (middle) age story about Baby Boomer, Lisa Grant, ex-columnist for Focal Point magazine, who struggles to sustain a long-term relationship because of the fallout from her dysfunctional childhood.  Broke and alone, her fortieth birthday looming, she faces up to the ghosts from her past, confronts the negative emotional hold her narcissist mother has over her and digs herself out of her self-dug rut.  

It is never, ever, too late to change the course of your life.  The world has underestimated what we midlife women are capable of.

Jane Mathews – Midlife Manifesto

2019 will see whether Defining Moments is strong enough to attract the interest of an agent/publisher.  Over the next few weeks, I will start the serious submission process, but in the meantime, here are a few choice cuts… just to whet your appetite.

EXTRACTS

Defining Moment 1 – Lisa

Defining Moment 2 – Elizabeth

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