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Susan closes in on novel dream

SHE'S already an award-winning actress and now Susan Loughnane is almost ready to step out as an author.

The Love/Hate star (inset) has been putting the final touches to her first book, a comedy, which she will launch in the autumn.

Susan (27) has had the idea of the novel in mind for six years and come October will finally see her literary dreams come true.

"I'm currently doing the edit so I'm quite busy," she said.

Susan has been celebrating with a holiday in Italy. She missed out on the Galway Film Fleadh this year, where her movie Poison Pen had its premiere.

"I play a superstar singer called Shona Beiderbeck, who is very determined to portray herself as a diva bimbo, but in doing this she is hiding her intelligence and a softer side," Susan told the Diary.

"There is a nice little character arc which is always something you look for in a role."