Novel idea comes to life
Following a dream

Novel idea comes to life

Tania Gold followed her dream while on maternity leave.

Tania Gold.
Tania Gold.

When Sydneysider Tania Gold was out with her husband and son, inspiration hit.

“[My son] was swaying and dancing to a guitarist busking in Lane Cove and soon he became the main attraction. My husband joked about how much our son enjoys music and that it would be interesting to see if he has a passion for it when he gets older,” Gold explained.

The comment inspired the idea behind Keys to My Heart, a romantic novel about a pianist and a corporate professional whose lives intertwine.

During her maternity leave, while juggling two kids and lockdown, Gold started writing.

“I had to write when the kids were napping,” Gold said. “Throughout lockdown, I had to learn to multitask more than I could ever have imagined – bouncing my daughter on my lap, singing a song while typing the story.”

But mostly, she credits her husband Paul, who would take the kids out for an hour or two over the weekends so she could enter her work-bubble and write.

“He took on some things that I would have done, just so I could continue following my passion for writing,” she said.

Since Keys to My Heart was published, Gold has been approached by many other mums, asking advice on how she finished a novel while looking after two kids under the age of three.

For Gold though, it was merely a matter of never giving up.

“Challenge yourself to accomplish your dreams. Seeing the finished product is wonderful and it will inspire you to continue with your next project. It can take a year, or 10 – make it happen. It’s an amazing feeling in the end.”

Keys to my Heart is available on Google play, Kindle and paperback on Ebay.

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