Finally, after a decade of writing, submitting, discarding, archiving, drafting, redrafting, rewriting and tireless editing, it felt good to have a book proposal in the post yesterday! I didn’t used to be such a perfectionist… I was a wet-behind-the-ears twenty-one year old university student when I submitted my children’s fantasy novel to publishers, and now ten years later, I’m a completely different writer altogether, with my adult literary novel out in the world. Whatever happens now, happens. It’s out of my hands! In the meantime, I’m celebrating having a book that escaped me at last!

Empty – it’s out of my hands!

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a novelist and poet. Her debut novel, Gods of Avalon Road was published by Blossom Spring Publishing in October 2019 and her second novel, The Buddha's Bone is forthcoming in October 2021. Leilanie has also published three poetry collections: The Redundancy of Tautology (Cyberwit, 2021); Chemotherapy for the Soul (Fowlpox Press, 2017); A Model Archaeologist (Eyewear Publishing, 2015) and two self-published pamphlets: Toebirds and Woodlice (Meandi Books, 2012); Metamorphosis of Woman (Meandi Books, 2012), satirical novella Zombie Reflux (Meandi Books, 2014) and surreal novelette, Til Death do us Boneapart (Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, 2017). Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of educational books. Literary blog: Meandi Books: Bindweed Magazine: