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How I got published

Julie-Ann Corrigan’s debut psychological thriller, Falling Suns, is published by Accent Press. She shares her path to publication with Dolores Gordon-Smith

I was always a voracious reader and I do remember as a child wanting to write a book like The Hobbit.

Fast-forward: a degree in History/English, followed by a career as a physiotherapist. I was a child, having fun, and observing the world. Finally I thought: if I don’t do it now, I never will.

In WH Smith I bought the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook, a notepad and some pencils. I wrote articles and short stories. I paid to have them critiqued. I realised I wasn’t JRR Tolkien, or indeed Hilary Mantel, but importantly, I did realise that I had a fertile imagination.

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