After dreaming the plot of her latest book author Frances Housden finally broke a five-year writing drought.
The Waimauku resident had published six romantic suspense novels when her husband was diagnosed with cancer in 2007 and she focused on getting him well.
The long break in her writing career, which included the rejection of a regency historical novel, continued until she dreamed about an 11th century chieftain yelling "Will this bloody curse never end?"
Her "break-out" novel The Chieftain's Curse was snapped up by epublisher Escape Publishing and has sold so well it will come out in print in September with a book launch at the Kumeu library.
"It's a very dark and bloody romantic suspense. It's not a fairy story. But I am very happy with this book," Frances says.
She attributes much of her success to the support and industry information she has gained from attending the annual Romance Writers of New Zealand conference.
"I heard about Escape Publishing at last year's conference," she says.
Frances is attending RWNZ's August 23 to August 25 conference in Wellington and says she will use the weekend to network with editors and other writers.
"I will go there to learn what is happening in the industry and meet like-minded people. It is a new world out there for readers and writers with digital publishing."
"I say to other writers that you can have these big gaps. There are no guarantees in the publishing industry. I've had to pick myself up. Persistence is the key."
Visit franceshousden.com and romancewriters.co.nz for information.
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