IF YOU were a fan of Twilight, watch out for Sue-Ellen Pashley's Aquila, a romance-fantasy novel that's put her in the running for the nationwide Australian Romance Readers Awards in the Paranormal Romance category.
Ms Pashley had her book Aquila published in February 2015 by a company called Random House, and has had short stories published in the past.
The writer said one of her short stories, The Day We Met has made it to the top of the charts on Amazon on the free e-books category.
"It's just amazing, to have gotten so far," she said.
"When I get feedback from my friends and family on my writing it's wonderful. But for complete strangers to be reading and enjoying my books is out of this world."
Ms Pashley was nominated multiple times for Aquila, which tells the story of two characters Mick and Grace, who meet in unfortunate circumstances.
"Grace almost falls to her death from a cliff face," Ms Pashley said.
"But Mick, who has paranormal qualities, catches her and saves her ... and their journey together begins."
Ms Pashley said she doesn't plan out stories, as soon as she starts writing, the story finishes itself.
"Most of my own characters have their own stories to tell," Ms Pashley said.
The story takes place at Bruny Island, an actual place in Tasmania.
"I set the story in Australia so people can read it and say 'Hey, I've been there,' or at least have a better picture in mind.
"I did a lot of research on the place, and my parents actually just got back visiting it and it seemed like the perfect setting."
Ms Pashley said she is drawn to the romance theme as everyone can relate to it.
"We have all been there, had that moment where we had butterflies in our stomach. There's a beauty in romance, it draws people in."
She is currently working on a modernised version of Pinocchio, and plans to twist in a romance aspect with magic and sorcery.
"It's all very exciting, this one is going to be a lot of fun. I can't wait for the finished product," she said.
Voting has opened today for the 2015 Australian Romance Readers Awards, to vote you must become a member of ARRA.
Winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner, which will be held on 19 March 2016.
To find out more on Aquila, visit: http://www.randomhouse.com.au/books/sue-ellen-pashley/aquila-9780857988539.aspx.
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