I am thrilled to announce that my unpublished novel won the 2013 Mslexia Novel Competition. I am truly honoured and so thankful for the encouragement and enthusiasm offered to me by Debbie Taylor (Editorial Director of Mslexia), as well as Charlotte Robertson, Kirsty Lang and Val McDermid (the jury). It feels like the past few months have been a dream that just keeps getting better — long list, short list and now this news. I am blessed to be in the company of the women of Mslexia and all of the women novelists from around the world who entered the competition – women who write and who dream the same things I do. I wish much success to one and all.
More exciting news! My novel, 22 Mondays, made the short list of the 2013 Mslexia Women’s Novel Competition. It took me a few days to shake off the feeling that I was still dreaming of making it and realize I’d actually made it. Top 12 from over one thousand entries. Who knew? 22 Mondays (formerly called Gone Monday) is kind of raw and raunchy so I’m amazed the novel is resonating with anyone, let alone a bunch of lovely women from across the pond. All I can say is be brave, write it the way you want to write it and, one day, someone just might put you on their short list. A big congratulations to the other eleven women novelists on the list. The winner will be announced sometime in February or March of 2014.
Great news! My unpublished novel, 22 Mondays, has been long-listed for the 2013 Mslexia Women’s Novel Competition. The finalists will be invited to a networking event in London, England where they’ll meet literary agents and publishers. The short list will be announced soon. I’ll keep you posted.
It’s taken a few years, a bunch of rewrites, a story edit, some reader reports and countless bouts of self-doubt, but I’ve finally completed my first novel, 22 Mondays. Now I begin the work of finding the right literary agent. In the “news” section of my website, I’ll post updates about the progress I’m making towards getting published and I’ll share reflections on my writing life. If you’d like to receive an email when I post something new, please sign up here. I look forward to sharing my journey with you and hopefully inspiring yours.
22 Mondays is a savage, nail-biting thriller of a love story. Jimmy and Julep were high school sweethearts. Two decades later their messy romance comes to a screeching halt in a bad car wreck deep in the woods. Jimmy’s pinned in the front seat of his yellow Firebird. Julep’s locked in the trunk. What went wrong? Whatever’s kept them tearing each other apart their whole lives, now has them teetering on the edge of a cliff. As the hours lurch by, Jimmy realizes he’s hurt bad. His mind is a boozy haze. Once Julep grasps that she hasn’t been kidnapped by some psycho and it’s her ex who stuffed her in the truck of a car, she’s royally pissed. But her sore head has her struggling to remember why or when or how it all started. Only thing she can do is give him the bastard the silent treatment while he whines and howls in pain. As they lay dying, they both remember it all, every fight, every fuck. Their memories tumble towards childhood as death gets closer and life flashes before their eyes. True Romance, The Dog Stars, The Road, The Story of My Life – 22 Mondays is imbued with the same visceral spirit as these works. It’s a story about trashy young love – the kind that can be cruel and sexy, yet painfully awkward and tender. It’s a story that defies the reader to look away and to hate the characters, but equally compels them to keep reading as events spiral out of control and they find themselves rooting for these two broken souls.