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three years when I found myself impulsively entering the Emerald, the Romance Writers of Australia's annual contest for unpublished manuscripts.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.
You can read more about my writing origins story in Multi-Award Winning Author, Tamar Sloan's, reference book, Grit for Writers. Why passion and perseverance are the keys to your writing success.
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Two of my stories - Angel in the Baking and Cruise it or Lose It - feature in Serenity Press Romance anthologies.
My first foray into the world of being a published author was in 2012 with an independent USA publishing house called Secret Cravings. Although they ceased trading in 2015, they made my first publishing experience a true joy and I will always be grateful for everything they taught me. I'm thrilled to announce my Secret Cravings back-list have been acquired for republishing by Gumnut Press. It's wonderful to see these original tales find a new home.