Immersed in books, blogging and writing – Kim Nash

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By Kim Nash

Twelve and a half years ago, I lost my darling mom, to cancer. Mom was an avid reader, which is where I got my love of books from and she was also one of my best friends. I was and still am devastated. ♥

Not long after we lost her, I felt the urge to write. I started to put some words onto paper and wrote what I thought my mom would say to me from heaven if she could. Sobbing my heart out while writing and facing the emotion was cathartic and helped me work through my grief. Once it was written, I stopped writing.

As the saying goes – life goes on, and we had to get used to a different life without this very important person in it. It was mighty hard. Just over a year after we lost Mom, my son Oliver was born. My emotions, as I am sure you could imagine, were over the place. Elated at the birth of a child I thought I’d never have, yet distraught that Mom wasn’t there to enjoy him with me. She wasn’t there to hold my hand and help me through those early days and she didn’t get to meet her grandchild. It simply broke my heart.

Eight years ago, I set up a book blog. A place where I could share my love of books and reading. I also wrote for a travel blog. At that time, life was incredibly demanding, pulling me in lots of different directions and I lived on a constant hamster wheel. Blogging and writing was the one thing in my life that was for me! Where I could escape the demands of everyday life and disappear into another world. I immersed myself in the world of books and authors and then four years ago, I struck gold working for an up and coming publishing company (Bookouture) publicising their books and authors. I’m still at Bookouture today.

When you are busy in life, it’s easy to lose sight of what your dreams and goals once were. Circumstances in my life changed, and with the help of some incredible friends, I began to think about my life and what I wanted from it. I was taught that it wasn’t selfish to put yourself first for a change, it was a necessity. I’ve always said, like so many other people do, ‘I’d love to write a book one day.’ I created a vision board and to write a book was right in the heart of it surrounded by many other things.

I bought an old writing bureau, painted it, and put diamante handles on it. It was beautiful. And at it, I sat down and I wrote. I was pretty sure it was rubbish but I didn’t care. The words I wrote about what I thought Mum would say to me, never went out of my head and a story formed around it.

I drew on life experiences, my own and what happened to others. I lapped up all the advice that all these amazing authors I was surrounded by gave me. I am eternally grateful to all those people who helped me on my writing journey.

And on 10th April 2019, Amazing Grace was published by Hera Books. The book community and the support that I have received, has been beyond my wildest dreams. #Blessed #ThankYouFromTheBottomOfMyHeart

I only wish Mum was here to see it happen.

Kim Nash is a book blogger and a publicity manager at @Bookouture. She lives in Staffordshire, England, with son. Her debut novel, Amazing Grace, is out now.


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    May 18, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    What an inspiring story, Kim.

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    Angela Petch

    May 19, 2019 at 6:25 am

    This is such a moving blog. Beautiful sentiments. I lost my mum when she was too young. And that was 28 years ago and I still miss her each day and so I really sympathise with your loss. But I speak to her each day too and share all that happens. Thanks for putting into words what you’re going through. She’s proud of you. Xx

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