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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 novelist and poet. Her debut novel, Gods of Avalon Road was published by Blossom Spring Publishing in October 2019. Leilanie has also published four poetry collections: Chemotherapy for the Soul (Fowlpox Press, 2017); A Model Archaeologist (Eyewear Publishing, 2015); Toebirds and Woodlice (Meandi Books, 2012); Metamorphosis of Woman (Meandi Books, 2012), satirical novella Zombie Reflux (Meandi Books, 2014) and surreal novelette, Til Death do us Boneapart (Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, 2017). 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 and their rambunctious toddler, a voracious reader of dinosaur board books. Literary blog: https://leilaniestewart.wordpress.com/ Meandi Books: http://meandibooks.bigcartel.com/ Bindweed Magazine: https://bindweedmagazine.wordpress.com/

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