AUTHOR Tess Woods wrote her debut novel Love at First Flight in three days, working for 12 hours a day until she had the story out.
The Doubleview physiotherapist described her first novel as a raw, confronting love story that dealt with the aftermath of an affair and journey of self-discovery.
Love at First Flight won the 2015 AusRom Today Reader’s Choice Award and Ms Woods said the best part of the process was interacting with her readers.
“It’s had an amazing response from readers all over the world,” she said.
“I’ve been blown away by the amount of readers who’ve reached out to tell me how much this story has moved them.
“Some readers have trouble with the infidelity in the story but for me the story wasn’t about the affair it was about the aftermath of an affair and what happens to a marriage when that trust has been broken.”
Ms Woods said she had always enjoyed writing but the novel was the first creative piece she had done in many years.
“It’s actually the first piece of creative writing I’ve done since high-school,” she said.
“I wrote lots of stories and poems at school and then once I had children I enjoyed making up stories to tell them at night before bed.
“But I never got into it as an adult until I started writing Love at First Flight which came out of left field.”
Already working on her next novel, Ms Woods said she hoped readers would be entertained by the story.
“I hope the story transports them out of their every day lives and to another world; I hope too that it gives my readers food for thought as they witness Mel self-destruct.”
The book launch Love at First Flight will be held at Whitfords Library on August 10 at 6pm.
More information visit www.tesswoods.com.au