The lights were blazing on George IV Bridge in Edinburgh, the street bustling with night goers and black cabs, and I was huddled in the doorstep next to a buzzing bar. We were out in the city celebrating my friend’s birthday only a few weeks after her wedding. It was a reunion of the small bridal party and we were recapturing the good cheer of the occasion.
We’d just eaten at one of my favourite restaurants in Edinburgh, The Buffalo Grill, and chased our meal with a mystery shot the guys swore to me was delicious. It was only a traumatising reminder never to listen to mischievous “adult” men when they group together to agree on something.
Although discussion had centred around lots of different things, it kept coming back to the fact that my self-published adult contemporary romance On Dublin Street had just become a national number one bestseller in the US and was the subject of a bidding war among six big publishers. I’d self-published On Dublin Street, a romance set in Edinburgh with an American heroine and a Scottish hero, on August 31st 2012. Less than two weeks later it was in the top 100 lists in America and sitting pretty at No.16 on Amazon.com. After receiving emails from publishers I signed with my fantastic agent and together (as well as the rest of my friends and family) we watched ODS climb to No.1 on Amazon. It hit the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller lists, as well as Indie Reader. It garnered over a 1000 reviews on Amazon within weeks, and tens of thousands on Goodreads.