Danny Kemp.

I started this journey to become a published writer with bright hopes and great ambition. I followed advice of an agent and an editor, but I never sought help from a technically minded computer expert. That should have been my first consideration. It is not enough just to be able tell a story well, you must be able to understand all aspects of the digital world and be able to set your work out in such a way that printers working with computers can understand that hyphens on the end of a sentence should not be there. Blank pages are because the line justification has caused their blankness and not you, for comments to be left and made. I have just spent all weekend, sleeping for less than ten hours during that time, trying to comprehend why my work is so desecrated and writing a report on that. I wish that I had never started in that wish to change my normal life.

 

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About Danny Kemp

I was at work one sunny November day in 2006, stopped at a red traffic light when a van, driven incompetently, smashed into me. I was taken to St Thomas' Hospital and kept in for a while, but it was not only the physical injuries that I suffered from; it was also mental ones. I had lost confidence in myself let alone those around me. The experts said that I had post-traumatic stress disorder, which I thought only the military or emergency personnel suffered from. On good days, I attempted to go to work, sometimes I even made it through Blackwell Tunnel only to hear, or see, something that made me jump out of my skin and that's when the anxiety attacks would start. I told my wife that I was okay and going regularly, but I wasn't. I could not cope with life and thought about ending it. Somehow or other with the help of my wife and medical professionals, I managed to survive and ever so slowly rebuild my self-esteem. It took almost four years to fully recover, but it was during those dark depressive days that I began to write. My very first story, Look Both Ways, Then Look Behind, found a literary agent but not a publisher. He told me that I had a talent, raw, but nevertheless, it was there. His advice was to write another story and that I'm delighted to say, I did. The success of that debut novel, The Desolate Garden, was down to sheer hard work, luck, and of course, meeting a film producer.
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