I wrote my first book when I was eight. It was called Goldie the Pony, and was pretty much copied from a book I had at the time. My father, who is a writer, always encouraged us to write, but I didn't need much encouragement. Stories were in my head 24/7, although I had trouble taking them through to a conclusion and I originally didn't have the patience to write much down. Then I started novelising a couple of movies I liked and some episodes of a TV show I liked. Gradually, I got better at it.
It the nineties some friends at work encouraged me to write down my stories and I wrote my first full length story, A Matter of Trust. Sadly, it isn't publishable. Then I went on to another one and I can't remember the name of it off the top of my head, but I don't think it will ever be good enough to make it either. Then I wrote another called How Far Forgive? which may be salvagable, although I never even finished writing the first draft, as that's when my husband came into my life. I've got the ending in my head, though.
Then I started working for a small newspaper and writing became work for a while. It wasn't until I gave that up in 2004 that I novelised another TV show episode, then another, which led to me writing a screenplay. I tried to market my screenplay and I have been told that it is well written but not commerically viable, so currently I am holding it in case things change.
Then I wrote The Heir, which came to me very quickly. I wrote it, two sequels and a companion book to the series within a year. I tried to market it, then started working for a small publisher. I didn't even know she published YA books until after I started working for her. She gave my manuscript to her editors. Four painful edits later, I am giving it a last polish up before we start typsetting it and we are looking at cover options. It will be published in about September next year.