Blog Post · Inspirational


Wow, what a year! It feels like I crammed so much into 2015, so here is a quick breakdown of my year:

  • Road trip to Cairns
  • Airlie Beach with my husband for our 6th wedding anniversary
  • My daughter turned 3
  • First ever radio interview
  • Launch of Dawn of the Dreamer and book launch party
  • My fluro 30th birthday party
  • My son turned 5
  • P&O Cruise to Lifou, Noumea and Port Villa
  • My sister gave birth to my gorgeous nephew
  • Camping adventure at Lake Monduran for Halloween
  • I published a collection of short stories called, In Their Shoes

2015 was a year of firsts for me. It was the first year I left the country, and also the year I published my first book, Dawn of the Dreamer. I was able to fulfil a dream Iโ€™ve had for many years.

Writing has been a passion of mine since I was twelve years old. I have folders of stories Iโ€™ve written over the years, most of which would make you cringe, but the whole time I knew that one day I would publish a novel. In April this year I did just that, I published my debut novel Dawn of the Dreamer. The support and excitement I received for releasing it only made my love for writing grow and I managed to also write a series of short stories, In Their Shoes, and finish the manuscript for, Fall of the Dreamer, ready to be published January 2016.

Despite my adventures, I focused much of 2015 on my writing. Learning the craft and the business behind it, and during this I was fortunate enough to stumble over a group of authors on Facebook who were eager to share their experiences and offer guidance to a new author like me. Little did I know how much I would enjoy being a part of the group, and the amazing people I would meet from all over the globe. Together we have created a wonderful community of writers and launched a group website and Facebook page to share our books with the world. YA Author Rendezvous website is worth a look if you are searching for your next favourite author (including me!)

Despite all of these amazing experiences I also overcame a huge hurdle this year. I managed to overcome both depression and anxiety. Having suffered from depression on and off throughout my life, when it was getting to the point that it was affecting my family, I decided enough was enough. With the support of some of my close friends and amazing husband, I have changed my lifestyle so that I can be rid of depression and anxiety for good. I feel happier and healthier for it, and am proud to have come out the other end a stronger person and to feel more at peace with myself and the life Iโ€™m living.

So thank you 2015 for bringing me so many great experiences and giving me the chance to grow stronger and happier in myself. If this is what I was able to accomplish in 2015, imagine what 2016 could bring!

What did you accomplish or overcome in 2015?


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