This was the fourth year I entered the Emerald Award and Reunited with the Millionaire was my only entry, choosing not to re-enter previous manuscripts. After leaving conference in Melbourne in 2019, I decided to write something new and focus on category romance. Reunited was created from an old idea and after adding in everything I'd learned from the Deep Dive Workshop with Rachel Bailey, I finally had a story I wanted to tell.
This story was written in August to September 2019, mostly during my walks along the Townsville Strand. Since the book is set on Hamilton Island, I used the ocean views to help stimulate my brain. This method worked the first day I tried it, so every day I was back there, walking and writing until the book was finished.
The book was finished in time for the October Long Weekend, when I planned to visit Hamilton Island to conduct research. This was a very fun trip and you can read more about it here.
I had the partial manuscript polished and ready to submit to Emerald in November, telling myself I had plenty of time to edit and write one unwritten scene by the time the second round announcement came. Can you imagine what happened then?
I didn't touch the manuscript until I received the news it had made the second round. I know, I was very naughty. But deadlines work! One week and three complete read through's later (one aloud and one in a single day!) I submitted the manuscript.
Never, never again! (Yeah right!)
So I was thrilled and dancing a jig (at work) when I received the news it was a finalist! By then, we already knew that there would be no conference due to Covid-19 and I'll admit, I was a little disappointed. But having sat in the ballroom as a finalist before, I was glad I could contain my nerves at home.
So I started planning the party. In the months that followed, Reunited was also announced as a finalist in the Pacific Hearts Award with Romance Writers of New Zealand and the Valerie Parv Award.
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