This morning I read an inspiring article in Fairfax’s Daily Life by debut novelist Poppy Gee, entitled “How I got a book deal in a week.” Catchy title! So how did she do it? She sent a query to a literary agent in New York, whom she came across via a Google search. Wow! But even more fascinating to me than the secret of her success is the insight Poppy offers into how she juggled writing a novel and being a stay at home mother:
“I wrote the novel on my laptop at the kitchen table while my two small children slept.”
“One of my most satisfying achievements as a mother was synchronising the babies’ sleep times so I could continue my writing obsession. I would write and write until I heard the demanding squawk that forced me to stop. I can honestly say I never got writer’s block because I never had enough time.”
I relate so strongly to this! I look forward to reading Poppy Gee’s debut novel Bay of Fires, a murder mystery set in Tasmania. It comes out this week. Good luck Poppy!