Signatures have been exchanged, and the deal is done. Most significantly for me at this stage, the deadline has been set. In January 2012, all being well, I will hand over my third novel. I began work in earnest this week, and welcomed back a familiar feeling of giddiness and discomfort – the usual combination of excitement and fear that is present when I’m writing.

I have given myself a huge challenge. All I’ll say about the story at present is that it takes place along the beautiful coastline of WA, and there’s a messy, complicated family (of course!), who are already hijacking my thoughts regularly. I have the feeling that however determined I am to take the reins of their story, there will be parts of the process where all I can do is hang on and try to enjoy the ride.

One of the best parts of this job is that readers I have never met are prepared to give my ideas and imaginings some of their precious time. My desire to write a fantastic story that will capture your heart and mind is as strong as your desire to read one, so wish me luck, and let the fun and hard work begin!

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Marg
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Woohoo! Congratulations!

Now, get to work! *winks*

Anj (@anjwrites)
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I can honestly say,I cannot WAIT to read it! Y’know, in like a year ;)

sara
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Thanks both of you – all encouragement and whip-cracking apppreciated!

Natasha Lester
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Good luck with it Sara – looking forward to reading the finished product!

Emily
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Coastline of WA is indeed a very worthy place to set a book :) Best of luck, looking forward to reading it.

Cate Pearce
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I won’t hold my breath, not literally coz that’s a long time to wait, but I’m metaphorically holding it and will be cheering you on from the sidelines.
Now get cracking baby….

sara
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Thank you, I agree re coastline, and good wishes much appreciated.

sara
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Thanks Natasha!

sara
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Thanks cate, glad you’re not holding breath literally or I would have to write really really fast! I am buoyed by your cheering :)

noreen shiers
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noreen shiers

sounds great. cant hardly wait. i am sure it will be as good or even better than the first two. guess i will have to be patient. as i borrow from the local library.

sara
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Thanks Noreen, I hope so! (sorry for the delayed response!)

Jason Boaden
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Jason Boaden

Congratulations. Looking forward to the 3rd book.
No pressure, but you’ve got two great books to live up to…

sara
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Thanks Jason, I’ll do my best :)