Uckfield woman Carrie-Ann Schless is looking forward to the publication of her first book in January.
She won first prize for East Sussex in A Poetry Odyssey 2002 and went on to have more poems published through another competition.
She told Uckfield News: “I am over the moon to be accepted by the first real publishers I have ever sent my book to.
“My publishers used the words well-written, edgy and contemporary to describe it, which I was thrilled with.
“I am also really, really, nervous. There is something scary about handing over a piece of work you have worked on for about two-and-a-half years over to people you don’t know.
Carrie-Ann is single mum of three children, Maddie, 11, Isabella, ten, and Gerrard, five, and says her own mother, Julie Schless, who lives in Eastbourne, is her biggest fan.
Carrie-Ann describes her book, Another Woman’s Man, as ‘chick lit’ but says there is a little something for everyone in there.
She added: “It’s about forbidden fruit, how not being able to have something makes us want it even more.
“It also covers relationship break-ups, miscarriage, and loss of close family members, as well as strained relationships with people that should be the closest to you.”
Carrie-Ann, a member of Uckfield Theatre Guild, is halfway through writing her second book.
Another Woman’s Man is to be published by Crooked Cat Books on January 12, 2018. It will also be available through Amazon in paperback or Kindle download.