The Island Atelier

Bloody Brexit

Until January 2016 I wrote. For my friends and my children and to entertain myself. Then the government decided to hold a referendum on whether we should stay in the EU. It was a no brainer. Of course we would stay in the EU. Then the oil delivery man told me that he was going to vote to leave. He added that he did not know anyone who was going to vote Remain. The oil man said he lived in Poole and knew most of Poole. Shocked, horrified and aghast, I put down my pen and pitched into political activism. And that's where I remain - remoaning as loudly as possible.

In 2012 I self-published my first novel: People Drowning. It had been turned down by an agent after a directors' reading that concluded it fell between genres and therefore off of the bookshop shelves. Self-publishing seemed like the only option. But there's a big downside to self-publishing: it requires self-marketing. Preferring the writing to the marketing, I carried on writing and abandoned People Drowning to the mire of Amazon.

People Drowning is set in Salisbury. And this month Salisbury has unexpectedly landed upon the world stage. "You ought to do something with your book," a friend insisted, adding: "there must be loads of people who'd like to read something set in Salisbury." She might be right or she might be wrong. But nothing ventured so here we go...

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The Island Atelier is the creative domain of AJ Bealing. It's an island of peace in a crazy world.