This month I am introducing Louisa George, one of M&B's newest medical authors.
Louisa, everyone enjoys a call story. Please tell us yours.
Firstly, I'd like to say a big thank you for inviting me. I love the Lovecat blog and so do my moggies, Tana and spencer (named after two great All Blacks!).
I still can't believe I got The Call! Forgive me if I do a happy dance!
In August 2010 Mills and Boon offered a Medical Fast track. I entered and got my first ever personalised rejection letter (which I received on my birthday - I was thrilled, a rejection with lots of words...Fantastic! My hubby thought I'd gone mad.) The editor liked my voice, but not the story and asked me to send something else. A month later I entered the New Voices contest with a hurriedly scribbled first chapter. The editor liked it, asked for a partial, which I duly wrote. Christmas Eve I got an email with a full manuscript request and revisions!
Fast forward to July 2011 - four sets of revisions later...I got an email from the editor saying, I just wondered how you felt about giving me a contact phone number in case we wanted to get in touch next week?
How did I feel? Panicky, excited, apprehensive.. but I was going away to a beach island in Fiji. I didn't know if I'd have any kind of cell phone reception...and besides, did I want her to ruin the family holiday by phoning to say she'd decided not to bother with my manuscript after all? I gave her my number and crossed my fingers.
So, there I was on Tuesday 26th July at 8.20pm. We were sitting on the beach having dinner, serenaded by three lovely Fijian ukelele players. My cell phone rang, on the display was a very long number that began with 0044...I knew it was Flo. Seriously, my heart went into overdrive. The line was terrible, but I heard her say 'we'd love to buy your book and offer you a mumble mumble crackle...' I couldn't hear a thing after that, but it didn't matter, she'd said those magic words. Thank goodness she followed up by email! We followed up dinner with bubbles, obviously! What a holiday! On my departure card leaving NZ I wrote my occupation as writer, on the way back I wrote author - what a hoot!
What has been the biggest surprise and/or shock to do with life as an author after selling that first book?
I'm slightly diappointed to discover that even published authors have to vacuum. :)
The whole thing has been a wild rollercoaster ride. Everyone has been so generous and supportive. I guess the shock is that I have to keep writing every day, no matter how I feel or how badly I want to watch TV or go out...And there is a lot to do to keep my blog, facebook page and website up to date too, so I am trying to be disciplined.
I know you recently received copies of your first book "One Month to Become Mum". How did it feel to hold your book for the first time?
Oh my goodness! It was fabulous and scary in equal measure. So great to have a book with my name on and so nerve wracking that people are actually going to read my story!
What do you do when you're not writing?
I have two teenage boys, so I spend a lot of time clearing up odd socks from strange places.
We love to travel so we do a lot of planning and enjoy exciting adventures. I adore food and cooking (I have 85 cookbooks). And for fitness I zumba.
What made you start writing?
A few years ago my Mum came to stay for a couple of months (she lives in England, I had recently emigrated to New Zealand), and suggested I went to an evening class to meet new people and she offered to babysit. I had a look at the local college brochure and saw a Creative Writing class - something clicked in my head, I went to the first lesson and have not looked back!
Thanks so much for having me here, what fun questions.
I am looking for inspiration for our next travel destination-can you help me with ideas? I have a copy of debut book, One Month to Become a Mum to give away to one commenter.
Catch up with Louisa at her website http://www.louisageorge.com/
One Month to Become a Mum is available now in both book and ebook form from:
Don't forget to tell Louisa your favourite holiday desination and be in with a chanc eto win her book.