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.

“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.”