Inspiration for Aspiring Novelists
Posted by: Keir Graff
From the Independent, a story of perseverance rewarded–and possibly awarded (“Novel shortlisted for top award was rejected by 15 publishers,” by Arifa Akbar). Sounds like an interesting book, too.
The frustrated efforts of Catherine O’Flynn, a former postwoman who tried and failed 15 times to get her work published, were finally rewarded yesterday when her first book was shortlisted for the £25,000 Costa Book Awards.
O’Flynn, 37, whose novel, What Was Lost, was turned down repeatedly before it secured a publishing deal, began writing while working long hours at a shopping centre. The plot revolves around a security guard with a sleep disorder who goes on a quest for the truth after seeing a child who had disappeared 20 years ago on a CCTV camera.
View the rest of the Costa shortlists here.