My journey so far.

Okay, so I was asked to write a little blog post, however, the person didn't really like it. Fair enough, isn't it. But before it lands in the virtual rubbish bin, I thought I might as well post it on here.

Comment away, if you like it!

I honestly have to admit that if you had asked me a few years ago that my second book would be released by a publisher I would’ve said something along the line “Get outta here!” I think it would have been late 1980s that I had read my last book .... and then fast forward to the next century, one night I was bored, the computer in front of me, I just typed away. Knitting didn’t work, stitching didn’t work, typing was next. It turned out to be a nice story and with some encouragement by my husband I had it “professionally critiqued”. AND SHE LIKED IT. Then I felt lost. I submitted it to one or two publishers and Literary Agents, but with no research or even doing any homework, I obviously didn’t format it correctly let alone all the other little things you need to do. Impatient, I checked out the possibilities for printing and it was reasonably affordable. Remember this was before Kindle and the eBook era. I printed a few for family and friends, but people loved it so much I re-ordered even more. The book did really well considering all. I fell in love with the whole idea of writing. I had read heaps of books by the time my second book was finished. Yes, there had been more boring, cold nights J And with more knowledge about the do and don’ts I approached the whole submitting process with a different attitude and more patience ... AND lucky us writers ... there are way more eBook publishers out there than there were years ago. They like to have a read before saying no! So this is how I ended up with Astraea Press and I have to say as a novice author I feel very much at home with them. As they grow, so do I. I have a question and it gets answered, silly, naive or straight forward – they’re always there for you!

So more or less this is my story ... unusual probably, because I never ever would have seen myself a published author or loving the process of writing. Writing doesn’t come easy to me, but there are still heaps of stories in me to tell and I’m sure if I keep it slow and easy I’ll be able to put them into nice words one after the other – with a lot of patience, I’ve learnt that part, too!

Blurb of "Journey to Her Dreams"

Would you travel around the world to uncover the reason for your dreams?

Hollie Anderson does.

A young woman from Tasmania who lives on a farm just outside Launceston, she has got good looks, likes her job and loves to hang out with her friends. She should be happy, right?
But it’s a recurrent dream that throws her daily life into chaos and takes her on a journey to Ireland. While on her quest for answers she meets Sam in Dublin under unusual circumstances and both women, so different in many ways, find out they have one thing in common - and it changes their lives forever



  1. A wonderful story, Iris!! Keep your dreams alive! Love the blog, too. :-D

  2. I love the new look of your blog, Iris. So cheerful! It's interesting how we all come into this strange world of writing, isn't it? Keep at it.

  3. Nice blog, great post, and your book sounds intriguing.

  4. Thanks ladies for stopping by. Much appreciated. Glad you enjoyed the little read :-)

  5. awesome iris, i will be sure to check out your published books its always good to have a (sort of) local flavour to a story xx

    1. Thank you Dorothy :-) And thanks for stopping by!