For those of you who ask the question, How long does it take to write a book? It took 3 years to write this one. It was designed with the Millennium in mind. At that time there was much euphoria about the 'good old days' and all that had happened in the twentieth century and I thought it would be a good idea to take a character born on January 1st 1950 who would be celebrating her 50th birthday at the Millennium and create a family saga around her and those 50 years. I created the Stephenson family with Irene Joy born in 1950 and named Irene because the name means 'peace' in Greek. She was a symbol of hope for the future after the first part of the century had seen two World Wars. In addition to the narrative I gave Irene's mother the role of writing a diary but not just a personal one, one which included the social and historical events throughout the 50 years and it interspersed throughout the book in italics.
This book was self-published but it is still available worldwide on Amazon, and the Internet or from good bookshops. The ISBN is 9780953945108 and price £7.99 GBP. (paperback). Or, alternatively, leave a message in the reply section for a personally signed copy at £7.00 GBP +postage.
My second published work is titled No Regrets. Originally, it was titled 'Innocent Victim', the story of an average individual who feels that her life is suddenly going off the rails. Following a divorce, disaster after disaster seems to befall her and she feels that she is not in control of the events that are going on around her at work and in her life generally, however, Joanna is a survivor and she eventually makes a brave decision to change her life.
No Regrets is Marilyn L Rice’s second novel; set in 1986 in the Midlands.
“When we meet the heroine, 30-something Joanna, she is newly divorced and trying to rebuild her life. We share her innermost thoughts, as she realises that she has to come to terms with being an available single woman for any predatory male among her neighbours and at the school where she teaches, a hotbed of professional and sexual duplicity. How she reconciles her new role in life, copes and fails to cope with the challenges, results in a diary-based novel startling in its frankness. Marilyn L Rice brings acute observation to her story which moves along at a pace, fully involving the reader. Many will identify with the agonising decisions facing professional women. This is reality in today’s world.” John Jenkins, Writer’s International Ltd
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So, that's two of my books. Until next week, make every moment count!