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Emilie Pine’s journey to writing her debut novel: ‘Life is far too short to lie – especially to yourself’

I had to dream big, silence my inner critic, and stop hiding my ambition from myself, says the ‘Ruth & Pen’ author

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Emilie Pine overcame feelings of self-doubt on road to publishing novel. Picture by Ruth Connolly

Emilie Pine overcame feelings of self-doubt on road to publishing novel. Picture by Ruth Connolly

'Ruth & Pen' by Emilie Pine

'Ruth & Pen' by Emilie Pine

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Emilie Pine overcame feelings of self-doubt on road to publishing novel. Picture by Ruth Connolly

A month ago I published my first novel, which seems like a surreal thing to write. It’s been such a long-held dream, that I keep wondering if it’s actually true.

Since Ruth & Pen emerged into the world, I’ve been asked whether I had always wanted to write fiction. I find this question hard, not because the answer is in any way complicated – it’s a simple ‘Yes’ – but because it leads to the next question: ‘Why not do it before now?’


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