Thank you for joining me on the blog tour for Kisses From Nimbus by PJ 'Red' Riley. Today I have a great guest post for you but first of all lets take a look at the description for the book...
Kisses From Nimbus: From SAS to MI6: An Autobiography
Riley escaped internment in Chile during the Falklands war during an audacious top-secret attempt to attack the Argentinian mainland.
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'How are you getting on love?' 'Would you like a cup of tea?' 'What time would you like to eat?' These infuriating hiatuses would come from my wife or someone equally annoying with a unnecessary concern about my welfare.
'Go away! Leave me alone! I need to concentrate! I would silently scream whilst mumbling. 'I'm absolutely tickety-boo'. 'No thank you dear'. 'Oh, I'm really not hungry yet'.
I had to be on my own. Completely on my own. So I rented a villa for a year in the mountains of Spain not far from Alicante.
In order to establish the ground rules I made it clear that my phone would not be switched on until I had completed each day of writing. And so I inaugurated a routine for my working day as an aspiring author.
Out of bed by 0730 and on with my shorts and trainers. Keeping myself fit has always been a very important part of my life so each morning I run or walk up and down the surrounding hills for about an hour. During this time I think about what I plan to write for the day. Not too much detail, just random thoughts and memories and constant stops to jot down the notes.
Once back home I sit outside at the table by the pool, usually wearing nothing more than a straw hat and a pair of flip-flops. (I make no apology for my naturistic tendencies since the villa is very isolated so I am unlikely to offend the neighbours).
I write in manuscript on to a notebook using double line spacing and only writing on alternate sheets, allowing me plenty of space for amendments and alterations, which I do constantly. I don't set myself any target. Instead I just write for a couple of hours at a time before taking a short break for a drink or something to eat.
Once the sun gets above the palm tree to the west of the pool. I transpose my days writing on to my iPad and send bit-sized chunks by email back to my wife who then knows that I am done for the day. My phone is switched on and by the time it rings I am usually on to my second can of San Miguel.