It’s finally time to share my amazing news with you, after two months of keeping it to myself…
I’ve signed a THREE-BOOK DEAL with PAN MACMILLAN!
After six great years with the lovely team at Avon HarperCollins, I’m moving on to the next big chapter of my writing life – and I’m so excited! The decision wasn’t an easy one to make: Avon gave me my big break and believed in me, which I will always be grateful for. I’ve worked hard to create books that reward their faith in me as a writer and I’ve grown so much during the past six years working with the fantastic team. Over half a million book sales worldwide later, I’ll Take New York is the culmination of what I’ve learned and I know Avon is so excited to share it with you when it comes out on 30th September in eBook and 4th December in gorgeously sparkly paperback…
I never thought I would ever be able to write books for a living, so I’m blown away that my writing dream – which was my dearest secret for so long – is still coming true and taking me to new places I could never have dared imagine.
I will be working with the super-fab Caroline Hogg and the Pan Macmillan team, who are all bursting with enthusiasm about my writing. I can’t wait to begin work with Caroline and the team on my first book for Pan Macmillan – my seventh published novel! I’ve already started writing it and I know you’re going to love it…
I’m excited about the stories I’ll be able to share with you and the new roads we can wander down together. There are so many new things I want to accomplish with my writing and I’m over the moon to have the opportunity to explore them in my new publishing home!
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On Wednesday 19th March 2014 at 2.49am, the most incredible thing happened to me…
I became a Mum.
Photo ©Miranda Dickinson 2014
Bob and I have been so excited since discovering we were expecting our first child in the summer last year. We deliberately didn’t ask at our baby scans about whether we were having a boy or a girl – to us, it didn’t matter. As a result, during the whole labour experience I was just so excited to meet our baby and that carried both of us through. To hold her in our arms at last was the single most profound moment of our lives. A beautiful, timeless happening that changed both of us for ever.
I never thought I would be a Mum. Married in my early twenties into what became a very difficult and emotionally abusive existence for nearly eight years, I was divorced by the start of my thirties and assumed that it was unlikely I would meet anyone else and, therefore, hugely unlikely that I would ever have kids. When I met Bob in my mid-thirties, I was blessed beyond measure to find a man who showed me what real love looked like. But while we talked about having kids one day, neither of us were sure we could conceive naturally. So last July we had the biggest surprise ever when we learned that we were expecting!
I’m blown away by the heart-stopping, all-encompassing love I feel for Florence Wren. I have never experienced anything like it. The only way I can describe it is that every day I feel my heart has to stretch a bit more to fit all the new love in for Flo. At the same time, I’ve fallen deeper in love with Bob, seeing how he loves his little girl and me. I could never have anticipated this or the enormous impact it is having on how I view the world.
I’ve always believed in the power of possibility – a theme that I return to in my books time after time – but now I’m determined to pursue it for our little girl. I want her to see that life is full of possibilities, that dreams are worth pursuing, that life is as beautiful as you make it, every day. That no problem is insurmountable, no situation irredeemable, no heartbreak irreparable. That hope is the flame that can burn no matter what happens.
We have so many dreams for Flo, but the ones that will matter – and the ones that Bob and I will fight for the hardest – will be the dreams she dreams for herself. And to see her accomplish what she most wants in life will be the greatest privilege for us. This is the start of the most exciting adventure in our lives – and I can’t wait to see where it takes us!