Your encouragement appreciated
Yes, today is my last day at the Chronicle.
In the last five months I have met so many people who are 150 per cent passionate about their work or hobby, from New Zealand sporting representatives, to those fighting the good fight on behalf of those who can’t, to others quietly working towards making this town a better place and you are all legends in my book.
I fully understand the passion and commitment that keeps you motivated, gets you through the difficult times and lights up your face when you talk about it, as that is how I feel about writing historical fiction.
I’ve been on this journey for a year and it has included wobbles, crashes and times when I’ve just wanted to curl up and have a good cry but those have been tempered by the moments of absolute joy, like when I won the agents’ choice section in the RWNZ Strictly Single competition and published authors praised my work. That affirmation is the reason that I am leaving, to hone my craft and put everything into achieving my goal of being published globally.
So, to everyone who called and emailed, who stopped me in the supermarket, at the bowling green and down the street to tell me they liked an article or to offer their encouragement, bless you, you have no idea how much your kindness meant. I guess to finish, all I can say is thanks, happy reading and see you round!