Writer em­braces success

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Hav­ing her de­but novel launched by one of the world’s largest pub­lish­ing com­pa­nies is a dream come true for Wendy Vella.

The Re­luc­tant Count­ess is the One Tree Hill writer’s first pub­lished work.

It’s be­ing re­leased in e-book for­mat by New York based com­pany Random House’s spe­cial­ist ro­mance dig­i­tal book line, Loveswept.

Ms Vella is also the first Kiwi to be pub­lished by the line headed by ro­mance genre great Sue Grimshaw.

‘‘I started writ­ing be­cause I ran out of sto­ries to read and it’s be­come a real labour of love,’’ she says.

‘‘Now, af­ter fin­ish­ing more than 10 manuscripts over the past nine years that I’ve been se­ri­ously writ­ing, it’s good to get some ac­knowl­edge­ment that what I’m writ­ing is re­garded as pub­lish­able by an ed­i­tor of Sue Grimshaw’s cal­i­bre.’’

The Re­luc­tant Count- ess is set in the Re­gency era which is one of the most pop­u­lar gen­res of his­tor­i­cal ro­man­tic fic­tion and Ms Vella’s favourite.

The au­thor works full­time as an ad­min­is­tra­tor for Bar­foot & Thompson in Pt Che­va­lier and says it’s taken a huge amount of de­ter­mi­na­tion to get where she is.

‘‘I write ev­ery night, and I’ve done that for the last nine years. My fam­ily is very sup­port­ive, they read all my books and put up with me spend­ing so much time at the com­puter,’’ Ms Vella says.

She is work­ing on her next project which is a se­ries of three his­tor­i­cal ro­mance books.

‘‘It’s such a huge part of my life now, I can’t imag­ine not writ­ing. My ul­ti­mate goal is to be­come a full­time writer and I’m now one step closer to that dream.’’

Wendy Vella

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