But the other night - oh no. The difference - this one sprang from reality. MY reality. Damn it. And it could happen again. But that's not stopping me.
As is well known I am fighting bullying. And again as is equally well known I am a past victim of this. My book 'Bullseye' is to do with my fight. And just last year I did an article for one of Australia's national magazines about this - a tiny bit of my own experience was mentioned, but apart from that, I have never really said anything about my own nightmare.
Recently, I had the wonderful honour of befriending another author in Australia - I am actually establishing contact with quite a lot of authors world wide, some very well known, others new to the business. All are absolutely fantastic people. One in particular, when I mentioned her successful debut novel and that I stick to non-fiction as my imagination and creativity usually fail badly if I try to write using those. This wonderful lady then stunned me and mentioned that her book is based on her life experience. She then suggested that I do the same thing with my bullying experience.
So I am. I have begun a novel based on my own experience. And have realised this is the first time I have really opened up about it. About the whole thing. Everything will be revealed in this book which I am hard at work on - a huge labour of love, believe me. I am currently writing the introduction - taking a walk through my few visits back to the school - and the memories are zooming back. Some of them really surprising and scaring me - a few incidents which I had completely and absolutely forgotten. And they didn't necessarily involve my bullies........