An author whose first published piece was in the Linlithgowshire Journal and Gazette this week saw her first full-length novel on the book shelves.
Rachael Lucas (41) self-published ‘‘Sealed with a Kiss’’ in 2013 and within weeks literary agents were beating a path to her door.
The novel became an instant top ten Kindle best-seller garnering 130,000 downloads and more than 500 reviews.
Now, having signed a three-book deal with the Pan Macmillan publishing giant, Rachael will see the expanded novel in print and on booksellers shelves today (Friday).
Orginally from Inverness, Rachael moved to Australia with her family before coming back to Scotland in time to start her education at Deanburn Primary School, Bo’ness, in 1981.
She then moved on to Bo’ness Academy where English teacher Miss O’Donnell encouraged her to write. Her first published piece, ‘‘Why Bo’ness is Built on a Hill’’, appeared in the Journal and Gazette in 1985.
Rachael now lives in Southport, Lancashire, with her partner, Ross McGovern, and their six children. She said: “Self-publishing on Kindle was great but nothing beats having a printed book in your hand – especially with your name on it.
“I’m really excited about the success of the book. It was a bit strange, though, getting telephone calls from literary agents keen to talk to me!
“I still have lots of friends in Bo’ness and I’m trying to arrange a signing session in the town as soon as I can.”