Dropping from a lace bust, whispers of ivory and folds of cream silk flow down to the floor finished by a lace hem where crystals sparkle and shimmer discreetly hidden beneath the depths of the fabric.
As a child, this was the wedding dress I imagined I would wear. But then as a child I didn’t have a clue about the troubles an hourglass figure would bring!
Most little girls dream of princess themed wedding days and I was no exception. I loved the idea of the fairy tale happy ending with a prince in shining armour. But that dream soon fizzled out. When? Maybe it was the moment Robbie left Take That and broke my heart (how could he?!)
What really happened was that I grew up and I found my romances in other areas of my life. As I grew up my focuses in life changed and I became a bit too career minded.
Over the years I put everything into my career and although it has now paid off, it has also meant that, by choice, there has been no gap in my life for romance. Well there is one tiny little gap for romance and that’s in my novel.
I joined the Romantic Novelist’s Association, New Writer Scheme in 2011 and had a real eye opening year. I began to understand an industry I knew very little about and I began to write a novel that had real structure and purpose. I also made some life long friends, for who I would have given up on this dream of getting published without.
I sent my partial submission off to the RNA NWS last year wanting nothing more than to put a big apology across the front of every page I had written. It was the first time anyone had ever looked at my work and the thought of it filled me with dread. Luckily for me, my reader gave me some excellent feedback that made me look at my novel objectively which gave me the courage to keep writing.
My current Work In Progress has developed considerably over the year but it follows the life of Andi who has spent her entire life sacrificing her own happiness for others. When she suddenly finds herself betrayed by those closest to her she decides to put herself first for once and make drastic changes to find her own happiness in love. Andi will do what it takes to find love, even if that means changing who she is to fit the mould. But Andi soon discovers that happiness and love often come with heavy prices to pay.
I’m delighted to be part of both the Romaniacs and the Romantic Novelist’s Association, New Writer Scheme and the friendships that come with them. I look forward to celebrating everyone’s success and hopefully keeping you entertained with our blog!
Lots of Love