A former Springwood High School student has achieved her dream of having her first novel published after she began writing on long nights when her newborn son kept her awake.
Claire Upton, 37, formerly of Fairstead, but now living just outside Lynn, has always been a keen writer and first took up the hobby as a young child by creating stories of fantasy lands.
As she grew older, her passion never dwindled and even after four children she continued to write, always holding on to the dream of having a book published.
She said: “I have dreamed of having a book published in the hope that one day I would be sat on the train next to someone who pulled out my book and began reading.
“I would just sit and smile, knowing that my dream was realised and that people I both know and never would could enjoy what I had to give with my writing.”
Twisted Fate was written while her third son was just a baby and refused to sleep at night. Miss Upton made the most of this time and wrote this novel, mostly with him resting on her shoulder.
She said: “I hope that readers enjoy my book as much as I loved writing it.”
Twisted Fate is set in 2001 and follows Natalie Walsh in a heart-warming story of love, loss and acceptance as she tries to piece her life back together.
After years of being told by publishers that her novels were not what they were looking for, she decided to publish her first book on Kindle and has now published it in paperback.
Miss Upton has worked as an interior designer, dog walker, personal assistant and company director in the past, but in recent years she has returned to education to study for a degree in Psychosocial Studies which she has just completed.
She said: “I work hard to prove that I, along with any other woman, is capable of everything and anything they put their mind to.”
Her new book is due to be released later this year.
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