Clare tells us more about her journey to publication, which started at a SCBWI event....
"Four and a half years ago I plucked up the
A few days later Catherine emailed me back to say she loved the book. I could hardly believe it. She offered to represent me and within a couple of weeks she had sent the manuscript out to publishers. A fortnight later we went down to London for a two-day marathon of meetings with publishers. It was a whirlwind - looking back on it almost feels like a dream! Within a month I’d gone from sitting on my own at the computer, wondering if I’d ever finish my book, to an eight-way auction. It was what you dream of as an aspiring writing but never believe will really happen.
The Year of The Rat came out in April and has had some fantastic reviews in the national media and was even one of Simon Mayo’s Book Club choices on Radio 2! I know a lot of challenges lie ahead as a published author, but I am happy and proud to have got to this point. We all have moments when we feel like giving up, when we let self-doubt tell us we will fail. I know I’ve been incredibly lucky. But I would never have got to the point of being lucky if I’d given up (and I came close). There’s no guarantee of success, but if you love writing and you believe in your story, don’t let self-doubt stop you from trying."
You can catch up with Clare on Facebook. Meanwhile let's wish her congratulations with a big Wooohoooo!!