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On The Table Read Magazine, “the best book magazine in the UK“, author Georgie Gee talks about the inspiration behind her new erotic romance novel, The Fateful Text.
Written by JJ Barnes
I interviewed romance author Georgie Gee about her life and career, what inspired her to write her new book, The Fateful Text, and her creative process.
Tell me a bit about who you are.
I’m Georgie, until the lockdown I was a holistic health practitioner, exercise and lifestyle coach, I also did crystal and energy healing. I had taken that path and all its different facets in a bid to help myself manage a condition I was born with called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Type 3, a condition that affects the connective tissues and can be very debilitating, I’d spent a lifetime in and out of hospital with multiple problems until I adopted a holistic lifestyle. Remedial exercise and diet had helped me greatly, but there was a noticeable change in my health, I was no longer managing my predictable symptoms, my symptoms were lessening substantially, and my quality of life had vastly improved, especially from a pain and vitality point of view.
I built my career around my own physical needs and did many different classes all around health and wellbeing. On the Sunday evening that Boris announced ‘No groups’ I had a full week, and by the Monday morning I’d lost 95% of my business, I always struggled with technology and so, missed the ‘zoom’ gravy boat.
Since then, I’ve had to move and was unable to establish myself in the area I moved to, nobody was doing very well and not taking any freelancers on. I’d made the mistake of investing a chunk of money in a crypto scheme called ‘Hyperverse’ who suddenly stopped paying out my money (which was covering my rent nicely) and I’ve never been able to get through to them since, so now I ‘ve ended up living in a van!
When did you first WANT to write a book?
I have ADD and had spelling difficulties at school, for years. Right back when I was in my twenties, I wanted to write short romances, like Mills and Boon because I was always making up romantic scenarios in my head, I was a hopeless romantic, but I knew my English was very poor and just didn’t have the confidence to do it.
When did you take a step to start writing?
I was challenged to write it! I was with a good friend, chatting and I can’t remember the exact conversation but I can remember saying, “Oh, I could write a lovely book you know, it’s all up here”, tapping my head, to which she replied, “you’ve been telling me for the last 14 years you could write a lovely book, why don’t you go and write it?” The book wasn’t hard to do at all, it was just getting the confidence to do it.
How long did it take you to complete your first book from the first idea to release?
I started writing The Fateful Text eight years ago. Only it was called “The Retreat’ then. I wrote the basic love story and showed it to a client who was an English teacher, she had no encouragement for it what-so-ever, so it went in a draw for years until the lockdown. While I was under house arrest, as I had nothing to do, I got it out, read it, and decided to start working on it again. I really enjoyed revisiting it and added some chapters. I then had some help with my English and spent most of last summer rewriting it, so it’s been a long time in the making.
What made you want to write The Fateful Text?
I wrote it with an ‘intention’. I was so passionate about my journey to health and just how much of a difference it had made to my life, I was bursting with it, I wanted it ‘out there’. I’m also very passionate about cleaning up our planet, getting our soil healthy and living in harmony with Mother Earth. I had the idea to write it into a love story as a lighter, more entertaining way of getting it across, so I was writing about my favourite things, love and romance and health and wellbeing. It was a friend who had read it that suggested I write the appendix with the recipes.
What were your biggest challenges with writing The Fateful Text?
My English, I’ve completely rewritten this novel last summer after a lovely lady offered to help me with my English.
Who or what inspired you when creating your Protagonist?
She was based on me at that age.
Who or what inspired you when creating your Antagonist?
Nobody inspired Nathan’s character really, it was more about the plot.
What is the inciting incident of The Fateful Text?
The inciting incident in my book is when Lexi receives a text message from her husband that was clearlyintended for his lover.
What is the main conflict of The Fateful Text?
The main conflict was how Lexi had to decide whether she should return home to try and make a go of it with her cheating husband or continue her romance with a man she had only just met but, also believed could be her soulmate.
Did you plot The Fateful Text in advance, or fly by the seat of your pants and write freely?
I had the general story in my head, but a lot was added along the way.
Did you get support with editing, and how much editing did The Fateful Text need?
I had two people read and check the spelling for me, then as I was about to publish it one of my friends called me and said it was still full of bad grammar and punctuation, so I then got help from a lovely lady who gave me her time and I ended up completely rewriting it.
What is the first piece of writing advice you would give to anyone inspired to write a story?
If it’s in your heart to write a story, then you should follow your heart and do it.
Can you give me a hint about any further books you’re planning to write?
I have been considering an autobiography paralleled with my holistic journey.
And, finally, are your proud of your accomplishment? Was it worth the effort?
I am proud of what I’ve achieved, it’s taken a lot of work, and the process of publishing, was way out of my comfort zone. If it gives a bit of joy and helps our planet then it will be every bit worth the effort
Pop all your book, website and social media links here so the readers can find you:
BalboaPress website page
Facebook and Instagram ‘The Fateful Text, TikTok @thefatefultext
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