Welcome to Heidi Swain, one of the
talented contenders for this year’s Joan Hessayon Award and graduate of
the RNA New Writers’ Scheme. Thank you for answering our questions, Heidi.
long have you been writing? Is this your first published piece?
recently discovered, courtesy of a school chum, that my literary aspirations
were well known amongst my friends before I left school so therefore I would
have to admit to writing for at least thirty years. However, I was in my
thirties before I decided to really take my writing seriously and yes, The
Cherry Tree Café is my first published novel.
many years were you a member of the NWS and did you submit a manuscript each
was a member of the NWS for just one year before securing my publishing deal.
came first, agent or publisher?
publisher came first. I haven’t looked for an agent yet!
did you find your publisher?
discovered my wonderful publisher through the joys of social media. Books and
The City are the digital imprint of Simon and Schuster and in 2014 they opened
their inbox to unsolicited manuscripts using the hashtag #onedayonly. I
prepared my submission package, pressed send and the rest, as they say, is history.
you have a contract for one book or more?
initial contract was for two e-books; The Cherry Tree Café and Summer at
Skylark Farm (which will be published on June 2nd this year). In December 2015 I signed
a contract for two more books, this time in both e-book and paperback format.
Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market is scheduled for release on
October 20th and the
fourth (as yet untitled), will be published in the summer of 2017.
was your book published?
Cherry Tree Café was published on July 16th 2015
us something about your book
Cherry Tree Café tells the story of Lizzie Dixon who, finding herself
unceremoniously dumped on her birthday, moves back to Wynbridge, the East
Anglian town she grew up in, and sets about helping her best friend Jemma run
the Café.
has a passion for sewing and crafting and eventually plucks up the courage to
offer classes while Jemma perfects her baking. Lizzie’s high school crush Ben
is fortuitously also back in town and along with the advances of local
journalist Jay, Lizzie soon discovers she has much bigger decisions to make
than just which cupcake to sample next!
are you currently working on?
at Skylark Farm is now ready for publication so I am working on the edits for
Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market while planning novel number 4.
My writing life is pretty hectic right now!
piece of advice would you give current members of the NWS?
NWS is an amazing springboard to publication but you have to be vigilant.
Always be on the lookout for submission opportunities and make sure you
establish a good social media platform as you go along. Good luck everyone!
Thank you, Heidi, we hope you have a
fabulous evening at the RNA Summer Party and good luck with your writing career.
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  1. Author
    Rae Cowie 2 years ago

    Good luck, Heidi and amazing that you are now planning number four! Well done!

  2. Author
    R J Gould 2 years ago

    An interesting read, Heidi. Look forward to seeing you on the night. Best wishes, Richard

  3. Author
    Heidi Swain 2 years ago

    Thank you so much for welcoming me to the blog and for your kind words Rae and Richard. I'm looking forward to my first RNA party and am almost ready to start drafting number 4. Almost. See you next month! H x

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    Blogger 1 year ago

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