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Reviewing my finished final draft 2 years ago and a hint about a theme in the novel!

Two years ago I finished my first fantasy novel manuscript while pregnant and on maternity leave.

One month ago I received my first request for a full novel manuscript.

At the end of last week I digested even better news – my novel is going to be published!

I’ll be honest, over the years I had become accustomed to getting rejections and so, when I received the good news last Thursday that my novel has been accepted for publication, I admit I had to read the email several times for it to sink in! Even then, my brain struggled to process it: I have dreamed of becoming a published novelist since I was in my early twenties, and for the moment to finally come seemed surreal.

I’m now awaiting the next stage of uncharted territory – my first author contract. More news as it happens…

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a writer, poet and literary blogger. Her debut poetry pamphlet, A Model Archaeologist, was launched in 2015 with Eyewear Publishing and her second collection, Chemotherapy for the Soul, was published by Fowlpox Press in 2017. She is a prize nominated poet, having been longlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize 2014, and her poetry and fiction was selected for the 'Best of the Web' Storm Cycle Anthology 2014, published by Kind of a Hurricane Press. Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert. Literary blog: https://leilaniestewart.wordpress.com/ Meandi Books: http://meandibooks.bigcartel.com/ Bindweed Magazine: https://bindweedmagazine.wordpress.com/

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