Publishing debut for Rai

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An amateur author has finally fulfilled a dream by publishing her book - after working on it for six years.

Rai Jayne Hearse, 29, (pictured) from Fleetwood, had just graduated with a creative writing degree from university, when she sent off her work to various agents in a bid to get a publishing contract.

She had not had much response from agents, but decided to try a publisher direct.

Now Rai’s first novel, aimed at young adults – entitled The Life And Loves Of Cheryl Bakewell – is out to buy on her website, Amazon and other booksellers.

For every book sold through her website, 10p will be donated to the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) charity Stonewall.

The book is the story of Cherry Bakewell – told through her diary – a pink-haired 17-year-old about to embark on the biggest journey of her life, moving to university.

The novel follows her thoughts as she attempts to balance her life, love, lessons, and work, with being a fierce bass player and singer for her band Blinding Lollipop and the Helter Skelter Whiz Kids.

Rai, who lives with her fiancée Nikki and who works for the NHS, said: “I’d been writing the book really for about six years, and a few times I nearly packed it in.

“I decided to just contact publishers direct, and was then offered a contract.

“It was an amazing feeling. I was really pleased.”

For more information, or to buy the book, visit