It’s a book! Announcing my exciting news ….

I have written a LOT of words since starting this writing adventure of mine four years ago – hundreds of thousands of words, in fact, and far too many to actually count.

But there have been five words which I have wanted to write more than any other and as I sit here at my kitchen table, staring at this blank ‘Add New Post’ screen, I cannot quite believe that I am finally –Β FINALLY – able to write them down. Three times!




*does fifty cartwheels, drinks three glasses of champagne and faints in a heap of hysterical excitement on the floor*

I am just SO ridiculously happy to say that I have a two-book deal with William Morrow (HarperCollins) who will republish ‘THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME’ and will also publish my second novel ‘DAUGHTERS OF THE FLOWERS’. Planned publication dates are April 2014 and early 2015.

There is so, so, SO much I want to say about what this means to me and I owe a million thank yous to tonnes of people for supporting me, cheering me on and calmly dealing with my various writing dramas, but I will try and express all that in another post, another time, when I have calmed down a little! For now, I would just like to thank Michelle Brower, my brilliant agent, and Lucia Macro, my wonderful new editor, (my editor!!)Β Β for turning my writing dreams into reality and my tears of frustration into tears of joy. I think they should both be given stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Yes, they are THAT important!

And because I don’t think I can express my joy any better than this brilliant image which I found recently, I will leave you with a raised glass of champagne and this …




42 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. TheMadHouse
    Jun 28, 2013 @ 16:40:08



  2. HazelKatherineLarkin (@HazelKLarkin)
    Jun 28, 2013 @ 16:50:21

    Hazel, this is brilliant news. I am chuffed for you and so delighted you persevered. Well done! πŸ™‚



  3. Louise Phillips (@LouiseMPhillips)
    Jun 28, 2013 @ 16:52:29

    Huge congrats – I couldn’t be happier for you!!! Go girl!!!! xxx Louise


  4. Alexander Residence
    Jun 28, 2013 @ 16:55:18

    Awesome news! Well done πŸ™‚


  5. Rachael
    Jun 28, 2013 @ 16:59:47

    I love to read heart-warming posts like this – it shows it CAN happen! Congratulations, enjoy walking on air this week! πŸ˜‰


  6. Michelle Moloney
    Jun 28, 2013 @ 17:04:33

    That’s great news, huge congrats!! You deserve all your success.


  7. Jenny Barden (@jennywilldoit)
    Jun 28, 2013 @ 17:29:18

    Fantastic news! Well done Hazel! Raising a glass to you right now!


  8. carolannwrites
    Jun 28, 2013 @ 17:40:15

    Hazel that is just the best of news! Congratulations! Well deserved! πŸ™‚


  9. Claire Hennessy (@clairehennessy)
    Jun 28, 2013 @ 17:55:01

    Many, many congratulations! Brilliant news. πŸ™‚


  10. Helen
    Jun 28, 2013 @ 18:01:28

    Hoorah for Hazel! We are all very proud and Andrea would be too!!! Lots of love to you xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


  11. Looking for blue sky
    Jun 28, 2013 @ 18:33:38

    Huge congratulations πŸ™‚


  12. Potty Mummy
    Jun 28, 2013 @ 18:46:08

    Fantastic news and so so well deserved. Congratulations!


  13. alisonwells
    Jun 28, 2013 @ 19:51:36

    This is such fantastic news! I am so delighted to hear this, well deserved The Girl Who Came Home is a fabulous book as I’m sure your next is too! Well done Hazel, hope we can clink a glass in celebration in the not too distant future!


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  15. Jean Reinhardt
    Jun 28, 2013 @ 20:49:00

    Congratulations Hazel, I am reading The Girl Who Came Home at the moment, enjoying it no end. Drink that well deserved champagne…..


  16. niamh
    Jun 28, 2013 @ 22:41:30

    congratulations!!! Really well done πŸ™‚


  17. Sandy Calico
    Jun 29, 2013 @ 06:08:24

    Congratulations! I am thrilled for you, Hazel x


  18. The Divine Ordinary
    Jun 29, 2013 @ 13:18:44

    Fair play to you Hazel… the very best of luck!


  19. Life in the English Cotswolds
    Jun 29, 2013 @ 17:41:21

    Well done! There can’t be anything more exciting than this, can there? Oh yes, the film deal that’s just around the corner …


    • Hazel Gaynor
      Jun 29, 2013 @ 20:38:54

      Thank you! Yes, I think this just about tops the excitement richter scale. As for a film deal, that would be way too much excitement for a lass from Yorkshire to cope with! πŸ™‚


  20. Cast a bold eye
    Jun 29, 2013 @ 18:40:10

    Congratulations Hazel, the dream news for any writer! Well done!


  21. Claire - fsmum
    Jul 02, 2013 @ 14:19:56

    Oh that’s soooooooo fantastic Hazel! I have been an avid follower of your Hot Cross Mum blog and all your writing. I am really thrilled for you. I can’t imagine how that must feel! Well, I can – but only in my dreams!


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