To be honest, I'm still in kind of a daze about all that. It still seems so unreal. It's been 18 months since I got The Call and my first book was published in September last year.
I still remember the thrill of seeing my cover posted on Amazon and opening that first box of author copies. I ran around like a mad woman, with my beautifully ordered bookmarks. Then Sue Mackay and I had a laugh over which of us "owned" the hero on the front of that book because he didn't seem to resemble either of the heroes we had described.
I still hadn't calmed down by the time my second book came out in December. I ordered more bookmarks and started to pray for red writing on a book cover to match my name. This time my book was released in a single title and the cute toddler on the book was definitely mine! (Even though he's six in the book)
And finally this September sees the release of my fourth book A Bond Between Strangers as a duet with another medical author Anne Fraser. It seems almost unreal to be opening another box of author copies and wondering where the time has gone.
I've also sold another two books to Mills and Boon Medicals. Her Christmas Eve Diamond comes out in November and An Inescapable Temptation comes out in February. Right now I'm working on a 2-in-1 book of my own scheduled for August 2013. I've just completed the first book in the duo and am waiting for revisions.
In between all this I've attended a Mills and Boon Author Lunch in London (and will be going to another next month), attended an RNA Summer Party in London, been for lunch and drinks with my editor and been to another RNA Conference in Penrith. I've also been interviewed at Mills and Boon headquarters - the interview is currently on YouTube - and have recorded Love Bites for my next two releases.
This year has been an absolute blast. I honestly didn't believe I would get published - I dreamed it would happen and was VERY determined - but it was always just a dream.
So a big thank you to all the other Mills and Boon authors I know who are the most supportive bunch of people I've ever met, a huge shout out to all my blogging friends, my two critique partners Nancy and Rach, my editor and everyone who has ever read one of my books.
This is the trip of a lifetime.
And to anyone still trying to get published - keep going. If I can do it - so can you xx.