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Louise's journey

I have always wanted to be a writer. But I was a stay-at-home mother of three until Pan Macmillan Australia lifted my unsolicited manuscript off the slush pile in 2002. My youngest child was only 12 weeks old when the fiction publisher called and said, quite simply, 'I loved your book!' She asked if I was willing to go through the editing process and I said, 'Yes, of course.' So, over the next 12 months, I revised and edited and expanded my original manuscript by almost 100%. The resulting book, Dying for Cake, was published in Australia in 2003 and in the United States (as Friends and Mothers) in 2007.

Dying for Cake had a charmed run for a debut novel, with positive reviews in major Australian newspapers and selection as The Australian Women's Weekly 'Book of the Month' in May 2003. Then, in 2004, I was judged as one of the Sydney Morning Herald's 'Best Young Australian Novelists'. All very overwhelming for a girl who mostly wrote whenever her young children were asleep, and on Saturday mornings, while her husband looked after the kids!

Unfortunately, after this flying start to my career as a writer, the trajectory of my second manuscript was not quite so spectacular. In 2005, after nearly two years of work, this manuscript was rejected for publication and I spent quite a few years in the proverbial 'wilderness' wondering if my first book was simply a fluke and throwing drafts of other, subsequently un-finished, novels straight into
the bin. It took me some years to learn that writing novels was actually an incredibly difficult occupation - and longer still to realise that only by working through my difficulties as a novelist, would I ever be able to successfully complete another book.

My latest novel, Lucinda’s Whirlwind, is being released by Pan Macmillan in May 2012. It is the outcome of passion and perseverance and I have to admit that I am very proud of it, not necessarily because it is a better book than my first, but because every inch of it has been so hard won.

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