My writing pathway – Sasha Morgan

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By Sasha Morgan

I’ve always enjoyed writing since being very small. ♥

I remember at primary school we had a ‘Creative Writing’ book and my story was read out by the teacher. I felt so proud, hearing my words being spoken and the rest of the class sat listening. That was aged 9 and from then on I was bitten by the bug. I’d write letters and send them into magazines, getting a kick from seeing my name in print.

Then in my early 20s, and after finishing each book borrowed from the library, I decided that I could write just as good as those that I’d read. I signed up for a creative writing course at night school and never looked back. I relished those classes and was more determined than ever to make in into print.

Part of the syllabus was to write the first chapter and synopsis of a novel. This turned into Bellebrook Secrets, which was my first published book. The next step was to enrol with the Writers Bureau, which is a correspondence course you complete in your own time; that proved very convenient, especially when you’ve small children.

I’d recommend it, as it covers all topics, from articles, to short stories, plus fiction and non-fiction novel writing. Whilst I completed each module, we were encouraged to send them off. It was so exciting and satisfying when Ireland’s Own magazine accepted three of the short stories and four different newspapers wanted my articles. This was paid work!

The biggest break has got to be when I sent one of my manuscripts off to five publishers. I received two rejections, one didn’t reply and two showed interest. I couldn’t contain myself when Aria asked for a 5 book plan to support the manuscript. This then led to them suggesting I ‘sexed it up’ a touch, to give me a unique selling point. At first I was a little shocked, then a voice inside whispered ‘Why not?’.

A Country Scandal was soon born, followed with A Country Rivalry. At the moment I’m penning the third in the Treweham Hall series and still loving every minute writing them.

Sasha Morgan lives in a rural, coastal village in Lancashire with her husband and Labrador dog. She has always written stories from a very young age and finds her fictional world so much more exciting than the real one.

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