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How I got published

The first novel by Fiona Harrison, aka journalist Fiona Ford, A Pug Like Percy is published by Harlequin HQ

“Like many authors, all I ever wanted to do as a child was write and, naively, I refused to consider another career path. Yet after leaving university, I realised I’d talked the talk, but done nothing to prove I was any good, barely even contributing to the uni paper. With a sense of doom, I got a real job, working as a typist in insurance, hating every second, but I still dreamed of being a real writer. A year later, my grandfather, who I adored, and who had always encouraged me to follow my passions, passed away, leaving me a little bit of money. It was the kick-start I needed to realise life was short, so I returned to university, retrained as a journalist and threw myself into every work experience placement I could get my hands on, keen not to let this second chance slip through my fingers. My determination paid off, and I worked on several local papers after qualifying before moving to London to work as a journalist for the national press.

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