Launch Day

Publication day has finally arrived and I couldn’t be happier. Two years after deciding to write the novel, it’s on the shelves and that’s incredible exciting.

I hadn’t realised how emotional the whole process would be. It is tough submitting your manuscript and facing rejection but there have been real highs too. When I’d actually written 83,000 words and then was accepted for publication by Red Door I felt completely euphoric. I’d achieved my goal. It was a late spring day and I had a little glass of bubbly in the garden.

The publishing process takes longer than I’d imagined but I’m delighted with the book and can’t stop stroking the lovely shiny cover! Tonight is my first launch event with friends in Chorlton – where the novel is set. I hope I manage to hold it together for the evening and I hope everyone has a good time.

So for now, I’d like to thank everyone who has helped me along the way. If I can offer you help with your writing goals, drop me a line. We’re all in this together.

Finally – thanks to my dog Angus. He’s been with me through all the angst and as long as he gets a good walk, quite frankly he can’t see what all the fuss is about!20170221_121550[1]

My big year!

Happy New Year to everyone! I know I’m a little late but I’ve spent the first week hiking up in the Lake District. Gorgeously frosty days and toasty nights by the fire; it was wonderful as were the real ales and bottles of wine that accompanied the week! Well – we all need a bit of comfort in January don’t we and as you can see from the photo – Angus enjoyed the week too.

I know that 2016 was a bizarre and difficult year for many but for me it was pretty special. I found a publisher for my debut novel, I wrote my second (busy editing now), I walked 1000 miles and I swam 1416 lengths of the pool in the Channel Challenge (both of which were personal challenges) – so I felt rather chuffed by the end of the year. This year looks like being big, scary and exciting all at the same time. The debut novel launches on March 16th (also my friend Trish’s birthday!!), we have a blog tour set up ready to go and I hope to finish writing the trilogy too.

I’d love to hear from anyone who has launched a debut and has lessons I can learn from. I’d also love to know your new year goals – drop me a line

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