Susan's in Lavender with new book deal
A Dublin-based writer originally spotted by a literary editor who discovered John Grisham and Maeve Binchy has finally made it into the bookshops after her first novel was turned down.
Susan Ryan was inspired by the support she received from Rosie de Courcy, an editor at a London literary agency. But her dream almost came to an end before it started when Ms de Courcy left the agency before Susan had a chance to finish her book, which was subsequently turned down by the agency.
Susan was disappointed but undeterred and set about writing another novel, The King Of Lavender Square, which details the comings and goings of people outside her Rathmines home.
Susan sent her work off to several publishers. It was two years later when a late-night email came like a thunderbolt out of the blue.
"It was last October and I was sitting in bed reading. I checked my messages before going asleep and a message from a publishing company pinged up on my screen. I couldn't believe it."
A woman from Poolbeg Publishers was in touch to say she loved Susan's work and wanted to snap it up. "I was crying my eyes out," says the mother of one.
Now receiving rave reviews, the book is out just in time for Christmas.