In my mid life – who am I now?

Published by Amanda on

Your work is to discover your work and then, with all your heart, to give yourself to it.


I have never called myself a writer. It felt and still feels like I’m exaggerating or making it up and yet it’s what I am doing. I am writing books and, more than that, I am also publishing them. Maybe it’s because I’m from the Generation X where we had it drilled into us to get a job as soon as and not just any job but a proper job!

But now with the kids gone and in the middle years of my life, I can now do something which I still don’t feel is a proper job but which brings great joy. With this in mind, I recently went to the London Book Fair held at the Olympia exhibition centre.

London Book Fair

The London Book Fair has grown since its humble beginnings in 1971 and is now considered as second only in importance to the Frankfurt Book Fair. Many people consider it “a mecca for European publishers, booksellers, rights agents, and media trend-spotters”.

Each year, over 25,000 publishers, booksellers, literary agents, librarians, media and industry suppliers, teachers and authors from over 100 countries attend the fair.

I had 2 goals. Find out as much as I could about how the industry feels about AI and attend the seminar hosted by Joanna Penn. Both of which I achieved, but I also took away a great deal more.

The most important thing is you are surrounded by books and people who love books. I had found my mecca. And then as a nice additional bonus there was an interesting talk by the author Taylor Jenkins Reid (Daisy Jones and the 6, The 7 husbands of Evelyn Hugo), suggestions for new books by female authors (see below) and industry professionals giving their opinion on AI. (It’s going to be big, it’s not going away and it’s nothing to fear!)

I also met some very interesting authors. So giving a shout out to Annie de Muynck, author, psychologist and screenwriter and Charles Harris author and film director (I’m not trying hard enough!)

If you are interested in AI and how it can help you with any kind of writing (doesn’t have to be for writing books), then check out this webinar being offered by Joseph Michael. He is big online in the self publishing world and very passionate. You have to be registered in order to be part of the webinar or get the recording. ​I’ve already registered so I’ll see you there.

In the meantime, when someone asks me what I do instead of saying I’m just a housewife, I will make my mouth form the words “I am a writer.” I’ll let you know how I get on.

New books by female authors


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