Three months to write novel, two years to get published
FROM not having the best spelling or grammar in high school, to walking the red carpet with the 50 Shades of Grey cast and publishing her own book, Allyson Sinclair is proof that anything is possible.
The Yeppoon mother-of-two released her first novel, Second Chance, recently, receiving rave reviews and support from readers and authors alike.
The book, which is loosely based on her life, tells the story of a single mother whose world falls apart after she uncovers a shocking secret about her husband of 10 years.
"But I wrote the happy-ever-after I would never get," Allyson told the Capricorn Coast Mirror recently.
"It's not your standard story, and a lot of books I've found don't really feature single mothers."
But up until two years ago, Allyson said she'd never even read a book.
"It took me three months to write it and about two years to get it published for a few reasons - one of them was I just didn't have the confidence," she said.
"I didn't think a story I wrote would be good enough. But I was corrected and have had so many people tell me they couldn't put it down. I never had good spelling or grammar or punctuation, so it feels amazing to be able to have done this."
Allyson said her novel debuted at number 34 in Women's Fiction on Amazon Australia and ranked 87 in the contemporary romance category.
Describing her genre as indie, the self-published author found the writing process a way of healing and moving on from her marriage breakdown.
"It's been a dream ever since I started reading many indie authors and the bigger authors' books. I wanted to be one of them," she said.
"I loved the control of writing, having that power of what the characters say and do.
"But also the interaction with readers, I send them stuff and to get their feedback is great. It's something that nobody can take away from me. I'm working on my next series at the moment, and also doing a few book signings in Sydney, the Gold Coast and Perth over the next year."
One of the biggest highlights for her though was meeting some of the cast of 50 Shades of Grey at the world premiere in New York earlier this year. Her book is available online and will soon be stocked at Yeppoon's Yellow Door Bookshop.
Go to amazon.com.au or Facebook to find Allyson's book.