Kirsten Nairn is a writer and the author of a novel ‘A Sorry Affair’
Let’s hear his inspiring journey in his words!
1. Please Describe Kirsten Nairn:
Answer: I am a Scottish author and have just published my debut novel, A Sorry Affair, although I have many more at varying stages of ‘completion’.
I work full time in healthcare and have two children, two cats, two rabbits and one husband, so most of my time is occupied by doing anything other than writing. I write in secret. No-one, not even my husband, knows I write or have had a book published, which makes writing all the harder. Most of my writing has been done in between school pick-up, after school activities, cooking dinner, and feeding the animals (I include my children in that last category).
2. Please Describe your skills:
Answer: About my book: A Sorry Affair- my debut novel was inspired by a conversation between group friends which I overheard on a train journey to Edinburgh. I eavesdropped into a heavy duty, a prosecco-fuelled conversation about their good friend who opened the door one Sunday morning to be confronted by her fiance’s ‘girlfriend.’ The girlfriend was almost more of a villain than the soon-to-be husband, which made me wonder how it felt to be ‘the other woman.’
The novel looks at the far-reaching consequences of an affair from all angles. Whilst I can never truly sympathise with male character (Mack), the book was written in such a way to try and convey the real sense of the despair at the helplessness of the situation and the devastation at his own stupidity, and of the unfairness and unjustness of the automatic blame attached to the ‘other woman’.
3. What inspired to pursue your passion?
Answer: My art, writing, is a newfound passion. One I wish I had taken up many years ago. I wish I had committed pen to paper at the time rather than wait twenty years (or thereabouts), by which time most of the good lines were long forgotten.
I have always had stories whizzing around my head, which come and go, but some of the better ones have persisted. I finally found myself with a child-free spare afternoon one wild and windy winter’s day and after lighting the fire, pulling on my fur-lined bed socks, I finally started writing and once I started I just couldn’t stop. I had no notion of pursuing publication at first, but once I finished my first novel, it seemed the next logical step. That’s when the hard work began.
4. What are the difficulties you faced and how did you overcome?
Answer: The main difficulties (and there have been several), have been a complete lack of understanding/ appreciation/ experience/skills in a) publication b) marketing c) website design d) social media other than facebook and twitter AND writing in secret- why did I think that would be a good idea? it doubles the difficulties, but I quite enjoy this Jekyll and Hyde life, as I sit here now pretending to all around me that I am checking work emails!
5. Your message to the audience/beginners?
My message to my followers- ‘bear with me’, ‘go easy on me’ and LEAVE A REVIEW!!!
My message to beginners- At the risk of plagiarism- Just Do It or Carpe Diem or or write when you have time, youth, energy and a good memory on your side.
6. Where can the people find you?
Thank you, Kirsten Nairn, for taking the time to participate in our weekly column “Writer of the Week“.
Best wishes from Phonic Words for your future endeavours.