Learning and Development Advisor during the day and writer by night, Julie Heslington is about to release her debut novel; Searching for Steven.
The novel is inspired by a particular event in her life in which a clairvoyant predicted that she would meet and marry a man called ‘Steven’.
This led Julie on a search to find the famous ‘Steven’ which led her to finding her other half, her husband Mark.
She said: “The idea came from speaking to a clairvoyant over the phone who said I would move back up north and meet the man of my dreams called Steven.
“Some parts are semi-autobiographical but other parts are fictionalised.”
Although her own search for Steven proved to be unsuccessful, it gave her the perfect inspiration to write a very unique and different novel about a girl, Sarah.
She finds a clairvoyant reading that’s been missing since her teen years and discovers that everything has come true and that she is about to meet the man of her dreams. And his name is Steven.
Suddenly Stevens are everywhere. Could it be the window cleaner, the rep, the manager of the coffee shop, or any of the men she’s met online?
On top of that, she finds herself quite attracted to a handsome web designer, but his name isn’t even Steven… During this unusual search, will Sarah find her destiny?
“It’s about someone being obsessed with finding this Steven,” Julie said.
“Having a shop gave me the opportunity to work on my book. I’ve always wanted to write a book but never thought I actually would.”
Searching for Steven is the first of a trilogy of books which focus on different characters.
Julie said that the first book follows Sarah and her search for Steven and the second and third follow the lives of Sarah’s two best friends.
Set in the fictionalised town of Whitsborough Bay, which is a mixture of Scarborough, Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay, the novel features the beautiful Yorkshire coast.
“Overall, it took me about 11 years to finish writing but after my daughter was born there was about three or four years where I didn’t write,” Julie said.
Searching for Steven is published by So Vain Books who are an independent publishing house and online store for books and magazines about fashion, beauty and romance.
The official launch of the book is on June 3 and it will be available in Paperback for £7.99 or eBook for £3.