Welcome to my blog and thank you so much for visiting.
The strapline to this blog is “writing, reading, stationery, life, chocolate and bears” so I’ll talk about all of those things although most of my musings will be around writing.
When I started out with the idea for my first novel in 2003 (eek, was it really that long ago?) I thought of myself as a writer of light-hearted rom-coms. As I’ve developed my writing and found my voice, I’d say there’s still moments of humour, but my books explore some deeper themes so I wouldn’t necessarily label them rom-com. Others would. But who needs labels? They’re books about love and about friendship. My business card declares that I write “uplifting stories of love and friendship set on the stunning Yorkshire Coast” and I’d say that summarises it perfectly.
I joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers Scheme in 2012 and stayed in the NWS for three years. The critiques I’ve received through that were both valuable and encouraging.
In September 2013, I felt ready to let my debut novel, ‘Searching for Steven’ into the real world and sub’d him to a publisher for the first time. A year later I received two x three-book publishing deals! I chose to go with UK-based So Vain Books.
My debut novel, Searching for Steven, was released in on 3rd June 2015 and the rest of the trilogy followed within the next 14 months. Sadly, my publisher ceased trading and I acquired my rights back. I re-released those books as an indie author along with a further 5 new books. With 9 books under my belt, I decided it might be time to try and secure another publishing deal. In March 2019, I was thrilled to receive a 9-book publishing deal from Boldwood Books, to release a mixture of new books and some of my back catalogue. My first book through them – The Secret to Happiness – was released in September 2019.
I’ve just finished studying an MA in Creative Writing through Open University (awaiting the results) and I am one tenth of writing collective, The Write Romantics.
I’d be ever so grateful if you could follow me on Twitter @JessicaRedland, like my Facebook page and follow this blog although I confess I’m very lax at keeping up to date on Twitter. Ooh, and I’m on Instagram … but I’m a bit rubbish at that too!
Thanks for reading.