Local author Jean Flynn launched her romance novel Lovesick at Ballarat Books last Saturday.
The novel deals with main character Beth’s experiences with love won Ms Flynn an XO Romance prize.
As a teacher of creative writing at Federation University, Ms Flynn said she writes a lot of personal narratives and opinion pieces and naturally heads toward romance as escapism from non-fiction writing.
The choice of portraying the main character of the book with hypochondria was a personal one as Ms Flynn suffers from illness anxiety and wanted to weave that into the book.
XO Romance is a new imprint and the $5000 prize and publishing contract was set up to find their first author.
Ms Flynn encouraged other authors to enter the XO Romance prize which is open for submissions now.