Yesterday was the 5th of May, which means it's five years since the launch of my first book. I remember that night so clearly! I booked out a cafe in Tweed Heads, where I lived at the time, and invited everyone I knew (and some I didn't). The place was packed on the night with most of the local paramedic and nurse population, the champagne flowed, and I felt the most tremendous thrill at signing books (with great concentration, as you can see below) and getting up to thank my friends for their support over the years--friends who include (L to R in the photo) fellow authors Kate Morton, Leigh Readhead (who also launched the book for me - thanks Leigh!) and Louise Cusack.
I've been fortunate enough to have four books published since then, while the next - Web Of Deceit - is coming out early next year, and I have two more contracted. I hear regularly from readers who tell me they love the books and can't wait to see what happens next to Ella, and I get to talk at festivals and libraries and to events about two of my favourite things: writing and reading. It hasn't been a fast road-- I wrote seriously for seventeen years before that I reached that launch day - but I feel so thankful that I am where I am. They say that if you choose a job you love, you'll never have to work a day in your life, and that's how it feels, even on days like today, when after I post this I have to go back into some tough scenes in my edit and try to make them better. In fact, I was talking to my partner this morning, and she said, 'If money was no object, and you could do anything you wanted, what would you do?'. It felt great to answer, 'I'd be doing exactly this'.
Until next time!
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