Guest Post By Dannie Hill
A writer’s world can be a lonely place as my guest host Dannie Hill will tell you. When writer’s sit down to write, they are transformed in a matter of minutes to other worlds and that can be hard on family and friends. It’s important to have a strong support system. Many times a writer will run into naysayers along the way, but it’s the ones that truly understand us that we honor today. So without any more from me, I’ll let Dannie tell you about his most important supporter, his wonderful wife Julee.
Thank you, Karen, for having me on your great blog. It is an honor.
Writer’s support—A Writer in Thailand
I am an American who’s been living in Thailand for the past nine years with my wife. I’m also a writer with four published novels.
I moved to Thailand for several reasons. I wanted to bring my wife, Julee, back home for a visit—didn’t realize it would be for 9 years and counting—and I was looking for some peace and quiet to pursue my writing career. I found much more than that in this exotic country filled with happy, pretty, hardworking people.
We have a small farm in the central part of Thailand where we grow all the exotic things I dreamed about in my youth: mangoes, papayas, bananas, pineapples… We also raise fish but our main crop is tapioca and sometimes corn. It’s a small farm and we don’t make a lot of money but what we really harvest is contentment.
Being a writer, no matter your location, is a lonely job and we writers need support from others to keep us going. We are artist and not always on the same page as the rest of the world (I’m speaking for myself). It takes a certain kind of person to support someone who spends hours sitting at a desk lost to this world.
My support comes from my wife of 36 years. I couldn’t write without her! She’s the one person that understands and supports my writing life. Not once has she asked me to stop or complained about the time I spend at my craft—not once. When I’m writing a manuscript she allows me my time and overlooks the crazy guy in the corner who hears and sees nothing but the world in his mind. As I start my day at writing, very early in the morning, the real world shrinks to a small speck and the world I build in my mind is everything. But I know when I emerge into the real world Julee will be there smiling and waiting. She’s happy that I’m happy.
Steven King says in his book about writing, that if not for his wife he wouldn’t be able to do what he does and she has saved his life. I guess we are alike in this small way.
Now, my wife is no spotless, flawless angel. She can be a beast when it is required, but her support and love never wavers. In that, she is an angel—I mean anyone that could put up with me for so long is worthy of sainthood!
I truly hope there is someone in your writing life or even your normal life that helps you on your path to greatness—no matter how many times you fall.
If you would like to read a story of how I met this wonderful lady, Here’s a link to my blog.
Dannie Hill is an American and lives in Thailand with his wife. When in the States he lives in Houston, Texas. Dannie has 4 published novels that are enjoyed by many readers.
When not writing, Dannie enjoys sailing, motorcycles, reading and farming. He has a small farm in Thailand growing many exotic fruits and vegetables. The main crop is tapioca and corn. The hard work of farming helps relax his mind while his daydreams come to life. Thailand allows the sounds of English to quiet and daydreams to take shape on paper.
Dannie also has a blog; A Writer’s Life in Thailand. http://danniehill.wordpress.com/
Find out more about Dannie and all of his novels on Amazon
Thank you so much Dannie for sharing your story with us.
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And please let us know in the comments Who your biggest supporter is?
Happy Monday Everyone! Enjoy your week!