A writer’s lift during lockdown today as my latest novel work in progress arrived in the post! I finished the final draft a few weeks ago and ordered a proof copy from Lulu. That’s not to say it’s self-published: I use Lulu for printing to proofread, before pursuing publication.
Here’s a celebratory photo of me with my final manuscript, ready for my trusty editor’s red pen! The cherry blossom tree offers a huge clue about the setting of my latest novel WIP. Of course, the title has been redacted until published, as I do with all my unpublished manuscripts.
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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Congratulations. Do you already have a publisher?
Thank you Gali. Yes, I have a publisher. My debut novel was published in October last year. 😊