Newham Council employee shortlisted for Romantic Novelists Association award
A woman who has juggled motherhood with a burgeoning writing career is in the running for a national award for her latest novel.
Despite only starting out in 2008, Newham Council schools IT adviser Tamsyn Murray has already been shortlisted for several awards.
Now she can add a nomination in the first ever Young Adult Romantic Novel section of the Romantic Novelists Association Awards to the list.
Her book, My So Called Phantom Lovelife, is a follow-up to her first novel, My So-Called Afterlife, which came out in 2010. It is described as the “classic story of the heart wanting what it can’t have.”
She said: “I was absolutely delighted because the shortlist was delayed in being announced so I assumed that I hadn’t made it.
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“The judges have chosen some really strong titles. It’s a real honour to be among them.”
The winner from each category goes forward to compete in the overall Romantic Novel of the Year in the ceremony on March 5.
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Mrs Murray, who lives in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, is currently working on a romantic comedy novel for adults.
She added: “The ceremony will give me the much needed chance to glam up - fingers crossed I have something to celebrate.”