Hi! My name is Jane Isaac and I live in rural Northamptonshire, UK with my husband and daughter where I can often be seen trudging over the fields with my dog, Bollo.
Some people have a fixed idea of their calling from a young age. I never did. I ambled through life, fell upon a career in the civil service, made great friends, met my husband and holidayed frequently – all endless fun. But there was something missing. To fill the void I took up numerous courses including French, art, law, pottery, personnel management and even sign language.
The turning point for me came fifteen years ago when my husband and I took a year out to travel the world and a friend gave me a journal to keep as a present. This journal was to become my most treasured travel companion, apart from my husband of course! The photos we took drew on memories but, even years later, when reading the diary I could smell spices in Kuala Lumpur, hear the street music of Bangkok, feel the thick heat that pervades the wonderfully clean Singapore, see the red earth of Australia.
Realising the power of words, my love affair with writing began. I enrolled on a creative writing course and started writing articles for newspapers and magazines. Then I discovered writing fiction and, in 2007, embarked on my first novel, An Unfamiliar Murder, which was picked up by an American publisher. And I’ve never looked back.
It can be difficult to find a publisher for a novel. I blogged about the trials and tribulations of my own journey which you are welcome to read at ‘Diary of a Newbie Novelist’ on www.newbiewriters.com. In 2013 I teamed up with the lovely Legend Press in London who published The Truth Will Out in 2014 and Before It’s Too Late in 2015. They will also be releasing my latest title, Beneath The Ashes, on 1.11.16.
Over the past few years I have visited some great places and met some very interesting people. Visit the gallery for some of my highlights.