It was 3am on a ball-freezing winters night, when I woke up with a buzz in my chest. When I was younger I used to get good and bad "feelings" all the time. This was the first one I'd had in a long time and quickly rushed to grab my phone to check my emails.
Celebrating at 3am, when your husband is working night shift isn't that fun, but I've had loads more to celebrate since then.
In a year I've released my short novel - Concealed Desire, a novella - Sneaking a Peek, a short story - Phantom Pleasures (in the Halloween Heat Anthology) and my longest story to date (as well as my first book in a series) - Blind Attraction.
I've also signed a contract with Escape Publishing - A division of Harlequin Australia, booked in for my first RWA conference (flying across the country to attend in August) and finished a tiny short story to be included in a charity anthology to be released later in the year.
The past twelve months have been a roller-coaster ride of massive highs and extremely depressing and soul jarring lows. For someone who struggles with outsider judgements and being talked about, I really picked the wrong career path. It was only a few weeks ago that I pulled a very unladylike face and said to my husband "What the f*ck? Why the hell did a person like me, choose a career like this?"
But you know what? Despite the lows, discovering my love of writing has brought a whole new meaning to my life. I love to write. I get all swoony when a new man taps into my muse and demands attention. I love the community I'm involved in. I love learning and challenging myself to be better. And of course I love being able to stare at pictures of hunky men all day and tell my husband it is necessary for research.
With all I've accomplished in the last twelve months, I can't imagine what the next twelve will bring, but either good or bad, I know I will have a whole heap of great friends and readers sticking by me. I appreciate all the support the online romance reading and writing community has given me. I just wanna say - You brighten my days, weeks and months.