It’s been such a long time that chances are this email could well end up in your spam folder. I hope not. In case you’re reading this, it might be wise to take a moment to reintroduce myself. My name is David, and some of you may remember me from my Design Closeup heydays back in 2013 and 2014, when I sat in front of my sewing machine and shared with you my weekly progress.
I know, a six years’ desertion on the net seems like a lifetime away. I’m not even sure people blog much these days with the advent of podcasts and TikTok.
So why this long silence?
I left the blogosphere to concentrate on a personal project that was close to my heart – the writing of my debut novel.
Writing initially impacted me in a creative class in my late teens. It helped me through a challenging time in my life. But after that, I put off writing for many years. Part of it was the lack of courage, I suppose, but also a lack of confidence in myself — that nagging voice in my head telling me I wasn’t good enough. Sounds familiar? I soon realised that many people felt exactly the same way.
When I finally took the plunge, I had no idea what I was in for. I wasn’t prepared for what this book would take away from me, nor was I prepared for what it would give me. I only had a rough idea of what I wanted, and so I had some exploring to do.
This novel has been an adventure for the best part of five years: it has been almost as equally hair-pulling and nerve-wracking as it’s been joyous. But isn’t the case with anything that’s worth having? Relationships, careers, adventures of a lifetime. They’re all mixed with an intensity of ups and downs, an ebb and flow of the tides, some smooth, some rough, some swoop you down under murky waters. I have never swum so hard to reach the shore line!
But why am I sharing this with you now?
I guess you could say the clue is in the title: COLD DRESSES.
It combines my passion for dressmaking with my love for mysteries and thrillers. I’m very blessed to have found an amazing publisher who believes in me and my book (a big thank you to Meaghan at Hurn Publications). But mostly, none of it would have happened without the amazing support, comments and encouragements I received back in the days from the sewing community. You spurred me to overcome my fears and challenge myself, become a better seamster but also a better writer. I can only hope that the subject matter of my novel will strike a chord with you.
Until next time…
Cold Dresses is out on July 20th. It is available now for PRE-ORDER on Amazon and all major retailers. Click the link below to check it out!