I thought my first novel would never get published.

Rejection after rejection and conflicting feedback had left me feeling paralysed and confused, so I stuffed my manuscript as far as I could into a virtual drawer.

I worked on another book, published some stories and generally tried to forget about my first novel in the way we try to forget about an old flame, saying we’re better off without them, but really feeling like we’re broken inside and wishing to God they’d come back.

Fast forward two years.

Except it wasn’t fast – I was dogged by a stubborn sense of failure, of feeling like I’d not done my first novel justice which left me feeling like I was carrying every single character of my fictional town of Sharonville on my back, all of them asking, ‘Why did we bother to tell you our stories when you gave up on us?’

I wished right then I’d not created such a bunch of drama queens and longed to tell them how I was tired of the submission process, my creative confidence was at an all-time low and I was fighting through chronic illness, grief and divorce, so how the heck was I supposed to gather the guts and energy to submit this book again?

But then it hit me:
You don’t have to do this alone.

And so I got myself a writing coach.

With her help, Welcome to Sharonville was soon shortlisted in the Mslexia Novel Writing Competition and, not long after, I was offered a publishing deal with Unthank Books.

And then, in August 2014, I found out my novel had been longlisted for The Guardian First Book Award. Yup, the very same novel I had almost given up on was now being quoted in a national newspaper!

My role in the world now is to write great books and support my fellow writers to do the same.

Because if I can do this writing career thing, so can you.

I want to get you from sitting in your bathroom wondering if you’ll ever finish your novel or get published to seeing the delight of your friends and family at your first launch as you sign copies of your book.

Believe me, it’s everything it’s cracked up to be and it’s worth the fight.

But you don’t have to go it alone and waste years
like I did because I’m here to help.

Having felt the impact of coaching first-hand as it transformed my writing career, making my dream of publication
finally come true, I trained with ‘Oprah’s favourite life coach’, the amazing Martha Beck
and my aim now is offer coaching, mentoring and editorial services to support
you as you become the writer you were born to be.

Ready to start the journey? Let’s go!

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