Reviewing my finished final draft 2 years ago and a hint about a theme in the novel!
Two years ago I finished my first fantasy novel manuscript while pregnant and on maternity leave.
One month ago I received my first request for a full novel manuscript.
At the end of last week I digested even better news – my novel is going to be published!
I’ll be honest, over the years I had become accustomed to getting rejections and so, when I received the good news last Thursday that my novel has been accepted for publication, I admit I had to read the email several times for it to sink in! Even then, my brain struggled to process it: I have dreamed of becoming a published novelist since I was in my early twenties, and for the moment to finally come seemed surreal.
I’m now awaiting the next stage of uncharted territory – my first author contract. More news as it happens…
About Leilanie Stewart
Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has written four novels, including award-winning ghost horror, The Blue Man, as well as three poetry collections. Her writing confronts the nature of self; her novels feature main characters on a dark psychological journey who have a crisis of identity and create a new sense of being. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry.
In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing literary journal with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from publishing pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary lad, a voracious reader of sea monster books.
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