I love taking part in blog tours. I'm so excited I can't even get the words out so I'm going to let the rest of this post speak for it! Here's a Guest Post from Author Julia Wilmot!!
Emma Butler doesn’t know it but she is about to get bit more angelic help than she was banking on. Someone has messed up, or have they?
It appears that Emma is about to be ‘recalled’ to heaven but has completed none of the tasks she had set herself for this life time. They must be completed before she is recalled and time is running out. Arch Angel Gregory decides to take over. He will be her Guardian Angel to ensure it all gets done.
There’s a lot to do and a very short time to do it in. Gregory is determined that it will all be completed by hook or by crook. But where does that leave free will and what about Jack who has been chosen to be Emma’s love interest? How will this impact him? Jack and Emma have no idea what is going on, but it’s not going to be plain sailing.
My first book took 20 years to complete:
My first book ‘Where is Emma Butler’s Life Plan’ was a long time coming. I started it over 20 years ago. But I haven’t been working on it for twenty years. I started it and I’m not really sure why I put it away in a draw and forgot about it. Well actually I never really forgot about nor did I ever really put it in a drawer, but I never quite got around to doing anything more about it for many years.
I think at first I found it a bit shocking and rather unbelievable to find that I wanted to write and that I quite enjoyed what was emerging on my keyboard. Why would you stop? Well I suppose at that point I didn't really believe I was really a writer. I can remember printing out what I had written so far and hiding it. Yes actually hiding the hard copy in a box under my bed. What was all that about? What did I think would happen if someone saw that I had the audacity to think I might be able to write a book? I suppose ridicule. But the people around me aren’t the type to ridicule me. I think what scared me more was that they would not let me put it to one side. They would insist that it was worth finishing, that I might have to put myself up for scrutiny from others. Was my book worth writing and would people enjoy reading it?
For many years other things filled the hours of my days. I would occasionally see the password protected file on my computer or the box that hid the manuscript and I would wonder if I would ever get around to finishing it. Doesn’t everyone have a half finished book languishing in their desk? For the most part isn’t that the best place for them? Well one day, once my son was old enough to be going to school and I had a little more time on my hands I found the, by now very dusty, box under my bed. I never said I had spent the intervening years doing the housework. I opened the box and there it was, the beginning of my book. I sat on the floor with my back to my bed and I began to read. It was as though I was reading someone else’s words. It had been so long that although I remembered the plot outline it was as if I was reading this book for the first time, and on occasion it even made me laugh. Laughing at your own jokes, seriously? I then had a panicky moment while I tried to remember what I had done with the copy on my computer. I was certainly several computers on from the one that had been at the birth of my masterpiece. What had I done with the file? The anxiety I felt at the thought that I might have lost the soft copy made me realise that I had quite a lot invested in this book. The file was retrieved, I had a few goes at remembering the password that I had protected it with and there I was writing again.
It still took me a couple more years to finish it. I had to go back and allow for the march of time in terms of technology and other developments but in late 2015 ‘Where is Emma Butler’s Life Plan?’ was completed. I’m hoping my next book will not have such a long gestation period.
Julia Wilmot began her exploration of the spiritual life as a teenager at school. She was fortunate to meet a wonderful family who all practised Transcendental Meditation (TM) and her future was set. At the age of 15 Julia learnt TM and felt she had found her path in life. She was so sure that this path was the only one for her that she decided not to go to University and study law as she had previously planned but to devote herself to teaching TM and working within the charity that teaches the technique.
At 20, Julia was one of the founding members of a 300 people strong TM community in Skelmersdale, Lancashire and at 28 Julia became the Centre Chairman of the largest teaching centre for TM in Europe, which was based in Central London. Teaching Transcendental Meditation to people from all walks of life.
Julia began this novel in 1995 but it remained in a drawer for many years. She came across it again in the early 2000s and fitting in with becoming a mother in 2002 it took until 2015 to finish it.
Julia currently focusses her attention on her writing, blogging and looking after her family. Forty years on and she still practises TM, as do her husband and son and they live in the Chilterns in Buckinghamshire, UK.