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You’re on the phone, someone’s talking and somehow you’re responding while your mind is in a whirl. You look around checking for hidden cameras in case this is a prank. Your expression of disbelief is matched by the cocked eyebrow and slight twist of the lips as you sniff for that hint of falsehood.

But then the brain cogs’ click, rock, and shudder as your eyes widen with recognition. Yes – dammit – you WON!

Won what?

An author mentorship with Hachette Australia.

Yes, I happy danced! I’m sure the neighbours heard all, where champagne bottles were corked as fast as a trigger-happy trainee gunman at a firing range. I had family and friends celebrate with me while trying to explain to Non-writer friends what this means, well… It’s gold. We’re talking pure platinum, baby.

For an aspiring author to have one of my manuscripts in the hands of the fabulous publishing house of Hachette Australia, you can imagine this is quite the excuse to lose all cool and party like the geek in the corner.

So here comes the thank you’s.

(and a sorry to my neighbours, but so glad many joined in that night.)

First, I’d like to thank Hachette Australia for this amazing opportunity and for running this annual programme.

Thank you to Sophie Hamley for her brilliance as my punished publisher. FYI, Sophie is also known as Sophie Green who is currently enjoying publishing success with the witty read, The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club. So, I’m in some fabulous company.

Thank you to the NT Writers’ Centre, who put us in touch with this amazing opportunity.

So, as the manuscript is now with Hachette, stay tuned for future updates on this story. It’s a knuckle-busting gritty crime in the outback, and coming from an ex-member of the NT Police I’m sure it’ll shock some – but it will definitely entertain you.

Enjoy. xx


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