I wrote the first couple of chapters of my novel 20 years ago… but I didn’t have a real sense of the shape of the book. Then life took over for 20 years. When I finally had a bit more time I returned to fiction writing. It took about two years to actually finish The Reluctant Cannibals.
I tried agents first… mostly in the UK. I pitched it as a culinary thriller. I got about three or four requests for full manuscript reads, but they came back saying that they didn’t think they could sell it, or weren’t quite sure where they could place it. One manuscript came back with wine spilt on the front cover!