Today is my official day of retirement from writing full-blown novels. Well, almost!

I have done the reread and the read of my last contribution to the literary world.

Tonight, or first thing tomorrow, I’ll parcel it up and send it to my proofreading lady to deal with the commas, with’s and but’s as she sees fit. Then, when I get it back, I’ll read it again before sending the manuscript to my agent to see what she thinks of it and what she can do with it.

It was certainly the most exacting of all the four I’ve written over that 100,000-word target I like to set myself and stands as the longest at 115,668.

When I send it to the agent I’ll expose its title and if ever I can compose an intelligent, well-crafted synopsis I’ll post that too.


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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2 Responses to Retirement

  1. I know it must be great. ☺☺

  2. Danny Kemp says:

    I hope you’re right, Patricia.

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