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So it’s official!

I am a published author! Well, it’s on e books at the moment, the paperback version is coming out on 23rd Jan. The publishers emphasised this was a soft launch so I didn’t really get too excited but then everyone around me started to make a fuss and I suddenly thought: “No, this is a big deal!”

Then I heard I had had two five star reviews on Net Galley and I had to go for a walk up the hill to calm down! I was a nervous wreck, wondering what the hell I’d done, what if it sells lots, what if it only sells a few, what if people don’t like it? So many worries!

Then I went into a book shop and realised how many books there are out there vying for space and it occurred to me that my little ‘Lily’s War’ is really going to have to wave it’s tiny flag very high if it’s going to get noticed and do you know what..I’ve still got a book published in my name and that was more than I ever expected.

As a very good friend of mine ( also a published author) said: ‘Make sure you celebrate every step of the journey’. So, it’s Friday, it’s 6pm and I’m going to get the wine out. Well done me!

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Shirley Mann-published author-apparently

So, the toe in the water of getting an agent ( the wonderful Kate Barker) very quickly led on the exciting but terrifying offer of a two-book deal from Bonnier Zaffre publishers. The first one, ‘Lily’s War’ will be published in January 2020 and the second one, “Bobby’s War’ will follow a year later.

This has thrown me into a new world where I stumble over the words when people ask what I do for a living. I sort of mumble a conglomeration of the words ‘journalist’ and ‘author’ and no one is any the wiser- let alone me.

Anyway, I have nine months before the first book- about a WAAF in Bomber Command and a soldier in the 8th Army – reaches the book shelves, so I’m going live off the assumption that the unsuspecting public will love it. I’ve got 9 months before anyone reads it and anyone knows any different so I’m going to make the most of it!

I’ve just finished the first draft of the second one, about an Air Transport Auxiliary pilot and I’m ridiculously excited about this new career.

I’m thrilled to have been taken on by Bonnier Zaffre- they publish Wilbur Smith and Lynda La Plante for heaven’s sake! I’m going to be part of their Memory Lane branding with authors such as Rosie Goodwin and Sheila Newberry. I feel famous already!

So, I’ll keep you posted, hopefully more regularly than I’ve been doing recently but come on, I’ve been frantically scribbling…a proper author’s got deadlines, don’t you know!