Introducing… Lucie Wheeler

I am a strong believer in fate. I believe that things happen for a reason and I believe that you should take what life throws at you and turn it into a positive. This is exactly what happened to me pretty much two years ago this month.

I am not your stereotypical writer. I haven’t been writing stories since I was knee high and I haven’t read all of the classic stories that, probably, I should have. I didn’t grow up dreaming of being an author, or a journalist, or anything writing related actually. I grew up wanting to be a physiotherapist, and then later, a dancer. I left school, went to college and received a diploma in performing arts. I then secured a place at University and was set to train and become a dance teacher. A couple of months before starting the course I realised it wasn’t what I wanted to do; it wasn’t my dream. I didn’t know what my dream was, but I knew it wasn’t that. So I cancelled my place and cancelled my student loan.

But then it dawned on me – what do I do now?

I flitted between lots of office and retail jobs, never really feeling fully at home. I hadn’t yet found my ‘place’. In 2006 I fell pregnant and had to re-think work. I couldn’t continue where I was and my husband  told me I could stay at home. Up until now, I had played about with some words and written half of what I now realise was a crime novel. But I had no direction or skill, I just wrote what was in my head. It became stagnant and I didn’t know how to rescue it, so it went into a drawer with some other random pieces of paper with words scattered all over them but no consistency. I left it for another year or so before I wrote anything else.

And so to keep my brain active, during my pregnancy I trained as a beauty therapist and when LO was 6 months old, I started a mobile beauty therapist business. I didn’t earn much and only had a handful of people interested, but it got me out the house and kept my brain ticking over. But it still wasn’t ‘it’ and after only 18 months, I stopped. I moved house, moved area and never started it up again.

So here I was, in a new town an hour and a half away from all my friends and family. My husband was working everyday and I had made no new friends. Whenever LO napped, I began to jot things down again. It never developed into anything and will probably end up staying in the folder with everything else, but it kept me going.

In February 2010, I was invited to a clairvoyant evening at my local pub. My husband and I had made friends with the landlord and landlady there (they have since become very good friends and were usher and bridesmaid at our wedding last year!) and so I was happy to go along and have a reading. This is where my writing life changed forever.

Now, I am as sceptical as you get with mediums, clairvoyants etc, so I went there purely to have an evening out with a friend and see what all the fuss was about. I’d never had a reading before so was intrigued as to how they worked. I never expected to believe what she said to me. A few things she told me were quite vague and could have applied to anyone, so I was not convinced. But then she said something to me that made me sit up and listen. She said to me that the ‘thing’  I had been thinking about doing for a while, I should do it because it would be worthwhile and I would do well at it. The only ‘thing’ that had been on my mind was to find a course to learn how to write properly. Some may say that this, too, was a vague comment, and you may be right, but personally to me at that time in my life as soon as she said those words, it meant only one thing.

The following day I signed up to a novel writing course with the London School of Journalism.

Since then, in two years, I have completed the course, enrolled with the Romantic Novelists’ Association on their New Writer’s Scheme twice, completed my first full length novel and sent it off to a publisher, started working on my second novel, entered a few competitions, attended numerous writing events and spent 17 months on the ChocLit tasting panel.

And for the first time, I feel I have found my true passion. I am home.


43 thoughts on “Introducing… Lucie Wheeler

    • Thank you, Rachel.

      Yes I was on the panel up until last month. I absolutely loved being on the panel but I am snowed under with things at the moment and I wasn’t able to put the time into it that the authors who were sending in work deserved. It was hard to leave, but I had to think of what was right. For anyone who has the time, I would say definitely sign up to be on the panel – it gave me a completely different insight to writing.

      Thanks for dropping by, Rachel!

      Lucie x

  1. What a really interesting account of the steps you took towards reaching your dream, Lucie.

    Good luck with your writing – I’m sure I’ll see a book with your name on it on a bookshelf one of these days.

    Liz X

    • Thanks for visiting, Liz!

      And thanks for the good luck wishes. I really hope you are right. You have been very encouraging, I really appreciate it.

      Lucie x

  2. Another fascinating post on Romaniacs. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know a little more about lovely NWS friends I’ve either met briefly at the parties or exchanged a sentence or two with on Facebook and Twitter. Your path to becoming a writer is so different from my own that I was intrigued to read this blog. Good luck with all your submissions (same goes to all NWS members and Romaniac bloggers). Really enjoying this blog – keep up the good work, ladies. As they said in the X Files – publication is out there!

    • Hi Lizzie,

      So pleased you are enjoying the blog posts, we are all having a ball writing them! Very much appreciate your good luck wishes, sending them straight back atcha!!

      Lucie x

  3. Wow, that is one HELL of a story. Thanks for being so open and honest about your life. I found that a genuinely fascinating read. Writing a novel is hard work and actually sometimes getting to the place to become a writer can be amazingly tricky when the circumstances and your own life path take you all over the place, so very much relate to that ; ) xx

    • Thanks for dropping by,Yasmin, really pleased you found it interesting to read. Like you say, life can be tough and throw lots of obstacles in the way but, following on from my belief in fate, I believe that if you are meant to be a writer – it will find you. Eventually, when the time is right for you.

      Have a lovely day.
      Lucie x

  4. What an inspirational story, Lucie–thanks for sharing. It’s lovely to meet you properly and I adore your route into writing. Talk about gathering lots of wonderful experiences to give you inspiration and depth! Can’t wait to see your first novel…. Keep us posted! XX

    • Hi Nicky,

      Thanks for dropping by. I’m incredibly flattered that you think my story inspirational – I have a huge Cheshire Cat grin right now 😀

      I will, of course, keep everyone posted. Thank you.

      Lucie x

    • Hi Trevor,

      Thanks so much for popping in! Really glad you found it interesting to read. And lovely to see that there are men out there who are interested. Thank you.

      Lucie x

  5. What an interesting journey you’ve had Lucie, and it’s not dissimilar to my own in that I didn’t begin to write seriously until after my children were born, (and I even had a similar clairvoyance experience!)
    Lovely blog, thanks for sharing your story.
    Thorunn x

    • HI Thorunn,

      So lovely to see you on here! And how funny that you have had a similar experience to me, i’d love to hear your story. I always thought that ‘true’ writers were those who had grown up wishing to be one. Until I found writing myself and everything clicked into place, like I had finally found my way. Now I know that yes, it has to be from your heart and soul, but you can find that passion at any stage in your life.

      Lucie x

  6. Really great piece! I’m a huge believer in fate too and can so identify with what you say about writing finding you. I am convinced you are on the right path and look forward very much to seeing your novels in print. Enjoy the journey! Sx

    • Hi Sarah.

      Thank you so much. I have always believed in fate but having a first hand experience of it at work, I am so much more a believer now. Really pleased you could drop by the blog today.

      Lucie x

  7. I enjoyed reading your blog, Lucie. I’m fascinated by clairvoyance and have sent two of my heroines to have their fortune told 🙂 You could not be in a better place than the NWS for fun, friendship, support and advice. I wish you well.

    • Thank you, Toni, I’m so pleased you were able to come and say hi. How exciting that your heroines have had readings, I hope they heard some good stuff? 🙂

      I completely agree, the NWS has been an immense support network from the offset and I am so very proud to be a part of such an organisation.

      Lucie x

  8. That definitely sounds like fate, Lucie! I’m so glad I’m not the only one who sort of “fell into” writing by mistake – I’d never dreamed of being an author either, but now I know I love it! Look forward to reading your novels when they’re published.

    • Hi Christina/Pia!

      Thanks so much for dropping by. It’s lovely to hear that fantastic writers, such as yourself, have also ‘fallen’ into writing. Really makes me feel less of a fraud. I am starting to believe in myself a bit more as I had always seen it as writers being people who have grown up reading classic’s and writing stories from when they could first write their ABC’s. So refreshing to hear that writers can be ‘born’ at any stage of their lives, and I feel like I have been ‘reborn’ with a burning desire to write.

      Lucie x

  9. Lucie, I love reading about other writer’s journeys towards achieving their dreams. Thank you for sharing yours, it was open an honest. I wish you the very best and hope you fulfill many more of your dreams. x

    • Hi Claire.

      Thanks for your lovely message, I’m so pleased you were able to drop by today. I love to read about other people’s journey’s too.

      Lucie x

  10. Hi Lucie, I’m so glad that you’ve found your way into writing – hard work, but worth it. It was lovely to read about your journey, and I’m sure you’ll be successful!

  11. Great post, Lucie. It’s so interesting to see how we all found our way, and each other. Totally agree with you about fate. Everything happens for a reason. And I’m so glad our paths crossed!

    Look forward to sharing the rest of our journeys together


    • Thanks Debbie! I’m so glad our paths crossed too. Looking forward to Penrith! 🙂
      Lucie x

  12. What in interesting story, Lucie. Some things are just meant to happen, and I’m really glad that you found the ‘thing’ that you were looking for. Good luck with your writing!

  13. Gosh, I have a very similar story in some ways. I found writing after my first child was born and it is what I want to do, finally, after years of battling with dead end boring jobs.

    I enrolled on the Writers’ Bureau Comprehensive Writing Course because I wanted to learn more, and this year joined the RNA NWS. Just completing first novel now, polishing it up before the dreaded submitting stage. Though I have read, you’re not truly a writer till you get your first rejection. Good luck, Lucie.

    • Wow really? It seems that this is quite a usual way of getting into writing, I’m relieved. Thought I was just rubbish at sticking out jobs. Writing has been the only thing that, after years of doing, I am actually still as in love with it now as I was when I started, even more so probably.

      Well done for joining the NWS this year, hope you get out of it as much as I have. It is fantastic.

      I have only just sent out my first submission so I am yet to get the dreaded rejection. Am hoping I evade it this time…..hmmm….we’ll see.

      Good luck with yours also, thank so much for dropping by.

      Lucie x

      • Yes. I started writing when my first child was born, as a sort of hobby (fanfic) and then decided maybe I should give it a go professionally – something to work around the kids.

        I used to write letters and diaries as a kid, but I would never say I dreamed of being a writer… more a dancer (as you do at 12) or a TV make-up artist.

        I’ve gone from one dull job to another, and my kids (though the drive me crazy at time) are my lifeline… And so is writing. I’m far from being a bored housewife.

  14. I love your post.

    I’m sure you’ve found your ‘thing’ now and it sounds like you’re on the right track too.

  15. Lucie,
    what a great and inspirational post – and so well written. You’ve come a long way. I am keeping everything crossed for your future success. Love this blog – it’s fab.
    Nikki 🙂

    • Hi Nikki,

      Thank you so much for your kind words, I’m extremely flattered *blushes* And thank you so much for the post on your blog, all The Romaniacs are very grateful.

      Hope you are doing OK and that your writing is also going well.

      Lucie x

  16. Hi Lucie,

    What an interesting story – I’m so glad you’ve found your calling and I wish you continued success.

    • Hi Elle,

      Thanks for stopping by, it’s lovely to ‘see’ you. Glad you enjoyed my post, thanks for your kind wishes.

      Lucie x

  17. I enjoyed your post. I’m glad you found your dream and I’d like to wish you good luck with your writing!

    • Thank you, George, for stopping by and for your lovely good luck wishes. Hope you continue to enjoy our blog.

      Lucie x

  18. Hello Lucie, sorry not to have stopped by sooner – it’s one of those years as you know! What really shines through in your post is your determination and dedication to pursue your writing goal and it’s that that will carry you through to the point where your name appears on a book. You’ll get there! All best wishes, and thanks for all your hard work and support for Choc Lit, Chrisx

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