I’ve decided upon a cookery theme for this post but have no idea why as I can burn ice cream in the kitchen.
My current writing project ─ ghost writing the autobiography of Terry Davies, the Llanelli, Wales and Lions star fullback from the 1950s ─ is coming to a boil nicely… in fact if I were Gordon Ramsey I would be letting a few swear words fly in delight.
It can be a long and lonely process cooking up a book like this, the hours and hours of interviews that are replayed over as you transcribe them, then the careful crafting of chapters followed by the drawn-out drafting process with the odd re-write thrown in here and there, but when it all falls in place there are few more satisfying feelings.
Often running parallel to this is the search for an agent or, even better, a publisher, giving you hope that your efforts will catch the imagination of the reading public and perhaps make a best sellers list ─ even if it scrapes in at 99 on a top 100.
To be honest Terry has such a great story to tell and he has been so easy to work with I would have enjoyed the last two years whatever but the fact that one of the top publishers based in Wales, Y Lolfa, have signed it up is Michelin star territory!
The provisional launch is October down in Parc y Scarlets… I will try to serve up a few horsderves between now and then to whet your appetite.