An RMIT graduate will see her novels hit the shelves after securing a two-book deal with Scribe Publishing.
Tania Chandler's book Please Don't Leave Me Here will be out this year, with a sequel, Dead in the Water, to be published in 2016.
Ms Chandler recently completed the Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT, now known as theAssociate Degree Professional Writing and Editing.
She said she was thrilled at securing the deal with Scribe Publishing.
"I still can't believe it," she said.
"At first I thought my manuscript cover sheet must have been mixed up with another writer's.
"It's like winning the lottery, twice.
"However, I did make a lot of sacrifices and put a crazy amount of hard work into my manuscript, so I'd say tenacity, more than luck, paid off in the end."
Please Don't Leave Me Here centres on Brigitte, a wife and mother who may be covering up a murder.
Fourteen years ago, Brigitte was left for dead by a hit-and-run driver and at the same time, police discovered the body of a man beaten to death in her inner-city Carlton apartment.
The intrigue begins when Brigitte claims to have lost her memory.
"Initially, I was interested in exploring the idea of whether or not people ever really change - with age, circumstances, relationships - what remains constant and what shifts?" Ms Chandler said.
The sequel, Dead in the Water, is set near the Gippsland Lakes in Victoria.
Ms Chandler's journey into the world of literature started only recently.
She was working from home - running a home-based childcare service - and as her youngest child neared pre-school age, she realised she did not want to work in childcare forever.
"I decided to enrol in the Professional Writing and Editing course to retrain as an editor," she said.
"I promised my partner – who knew I'd always harboured a secret desire to write fiction – that I wouldn't get side tracked by any creative writing projects, and that didn't really work out."
She said the networks she created while studying at RMIT were highly beneficial for her writing.
"I am always meeting people and receiving ongoing support from like-minded students and teachers - many of whom have become good friends," she said.
Penny Johnson, Professional Writing and Editing Programs Manager at RMIT, said she was thrilled for Ms Chandler, who won the two-book deal in the final semester of her studies.
"Tania has made the most of her time in our program: applying herself to her technical studies to now work as an editor, and diligently writing and revising her crime novel ready for publication," she said.
"We have every faith in Tania's intriguing stories finding a loyal readership and she's definitely a fresh new talent to watch."