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I’ve waited 10 years for this email…


A decade ago, I started writing. I practised my signature thinking it wouldn’t be long till I found myself tucked between Peretti & Decker signing my books. Then I heard  Jesus clearly whisper, “You’re going to have to trust Me more than you ever have before.”

NO! Surely not! My insides squirmed even as my heart settled in next to my big toe.

For ten years I’ve lived in hope. Sometimes successfully – believing in what I understood myself to be created for, other times barely hanging on by a fingernail. Some days, words slip from my fingers as if my hands have been dipped in oil, other days I haul each word out by the ankles, clawing and screaming defiance till I’ve pegged it to the page. I’ve cooked and cleaned, done homework and played taxi.

Through it all, Jesus kept me from giving up. Nothing short of a miracle.

So after ten years of working and hoping, I’m delighted to announce that my second novel, Finding Mia, has been accepted for publication by the Pelican Book Group. (In case you’re wondering, I’ve read the email 100 times and it has said the same thing every time.)

And I’m rather speechless.






Comments (27)

  1. Fabulous! Congratulations!!!!

    1. Doesn’t feel real yet! Thanks Sue x

  2. Terrific news! Congrats!

    1. I felt like my heart was going to explode right out my chest when I read the email! Thank you Monica x

  3. Congratulations, Di! Absolutely fantastic! I look forward to reading it Xx

    1. KAT! I miss your face. <3

  4. Congratulations! 😀 The longer the wait, the sweeter the acceptance!

    1. I know, right?! Haha!

  5. congratulations!!!!! It must be such an amazing experience!

    1. Thank you 🙂 It is completely unreal!

  6. Wooohooohoooooo! Di, you are an amazing example. Not just of perseverance, but also of courage, grace under pressure and love in practise. I feel like crying I’m so happy for you! You go, girl!

    1. My dear friend, these are precious words xxx I blubbed when the email came through, I didn’t actually know what to do with myself!

  7. Sooooo happy for you Di. Congratulations and celebrations! I remember reading “Shackles” for you all those years ago…..

    1. I was thinking about that very thing just this week – you reading for me 🙂 So grateful for your encouragement, then and now xxx

  8. Hallelujah! That’s just wonderful! Looking forward to seeing your name in print!

    1. Thank you Mark! I’d love to see a whole bunch of East Londoners packing the shelves with our books 🙂

  9. Oh my sis, you will never understand how many times I have prayed and trusted with you for this !!!

  10. Congratulations! This is great

    1. Thank you 🙂

  11. Hi Di – you do have a way with words – Congratulations – Dad (in law)

    1. Thank you Dad, I am so thrilled!

  12. Congratulations. 🙂

    1. Thank you Pete 🙂

  13. Congratulations & Best wishes, Dianne. Following you here from Twitter and RaveReviewsBookClub. 🙂

    1. Fantastic! Thank you Bette, you are an angel! xxx

  14. Congratulations Di. I am one of the moderators on ICFW. I spotted your comment and followed links to find you. I have approved your comment so it’s now over to the leadership but I can’t see there being a problem if there is a vacancy. Lisa and Narelle see to that. I am the only non-fiction writer on the group as I take care of the Friday Devotional posts. I live in PE and would love to make contact.
    I am the group director of an online support group for writers, CWOSA (Christian Writers of Southern Africa). Although we are about 80 strong we are not a busy group, but it’s beneficial. If you’d like to know more, send me an email to

    1. Shirley, thank you so much for tracking me down! I’ve just sent you an email. xxx

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