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This time last week, I was still in a tizzy trying to wrap my head round my first manuscript acceptance. Yesterday I signed my debut novel contract after spending 3 days reading through it. Now that I have officially been welcomed as an author with my publishing house, it’s starting to feel more real.

When I was a 20 year old university student in the midst of writing a children’s fantasy novel (which has now been trunked), my dream was to have a novel out with a publisher by the time I reached 40. I am delighted that this goal has become a reality, a few years short of that mark, no less.

Tonight, and this weekend, I’m celebrating along with my writer hubby and our literary baby (who actually piles his dinosaur board books onto our laps for us to read to him). I will be posting more about my debut novel as it progresses.

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:

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