Writing the book was a challenge.
And getting to grips with what was required to publish an ebook, that was another challenge.
But the biggest challenge so far? As a self-published author who wants to give her book a fair chance of reaching some readers, I am going to have to be a bit 'pushy' about bringing it to people's attention. Now that's just downright embarrassing.
I grew up with the expression 'It's not polite to blow your own trumpet' – and only now am I realising just how deeply that little gem of self censorship has embedded itself in my psyche.
At an excellent comedy night last week, I was offered the chance to say something about my novel. I did not blow my own trumpet. Indeed I did not. I mumbled a few apologetic sentences into the microphone, mostly about Kindle apps, and sat down as quickly as I could. Afterwards, I realised I had said absolutely nothing that would make anyone in the audience think 'Oo that sounds like an interesting read.' Nothing.
So I've been thinking about that. How am I going to get over this? What do I need to do differently? And the answer I've come up with is a bit of a relief to me.
I need to tell the truth.
The truth is, I love a good 'psychological mystery'... and that's what I've written. I'm fascinated by the relationship between Claire and Evie. I'm intrigued by Claire's relationship with the ghosts. I love the lumpy sullenness of Margaret Keyes.
The truth is, I have totally enjoyed finding out what happens when these characters are brought together, the gradual unpeeling of their secrets.
So, I've decided, the next time someone asks me about my book I'm just going to tell the truth.
I'll let you know how I get on.