How It Started

Winning my First Award. The 2012 RWA Emerald

 I'd been writing for about three years when I found myself impulsively entering the Emerald, the Romance Writers of  Australia's annual contest for unpublished manuscripts.  At this point, no one had read my stories except for a few trusted friends, and I hadn't even given editing a thought.  My technical knowledge in terms of formatting was so bad, the contest coordinator had to instruct me on how to  set a margin in a Word document!

I sent off my entry, and decided it was all good experience.  Perhaps I'd get some constructive feedback...even if I came last.

When I made it through to the second round of the contest, I was stunned.  When I made it to the finals I was flabbergasted.


When  I won...well, let's just say everyone is very polite when they talk  about it, but I know for a fact I staggered up to the stage at the  awards ceremony and rambled incoherently for about five minutes in front  of three hundred people whilst clutching a trophy in shaking hands. It was one the scariest, and most proud moments of my life.

Memories of Secret Cravings Publishing

My very first publisher

My first foray into the world of being a published author was with an independent USA publishing house called Secret Cravings.  Although they ceased trading in 2015, they made my first publishing experience a joy and I will always be grateful for everything they taught me.  Some of my Secret Cravings back-list have now been acquired by Serenity Press.  The rest are happily sitting on my desktop.  One day I'll find them a new home.


About my publisher


Serenity Press Pty Ltd is  a small press based in Australia. Established in 2012, our main office  is currently in Waikiki, WA. In 2017, co-directors took out Bronze in  the 2017 Ausmumpreneur Awards (Global Brand).

SERENITY PRESS VISION: To  build a successful publishing house that creates opportunities for  Australian authors through publication, writers' retreats, and  workshops.    SERENITY PRESS MISSION: To create beautiful books by inspiring and nurturing writers' journeys - one story at a time.  

We endeavour to share inspirational stories with the world, bringing readers authors who write from the heart.