SEVEN Hills author Raechel Bull said it was fantastic to be a finalist in the International Book Awards for her tell-all book Ready Or Not . . . Out I Come.
The book, self-published as an e-book in August and as a hardback in November, describes her traumatic experiences of dealing with miscarrying, and having son Darcy prematurely.
"I felt very isolated during those times," she said.
"The book is all about my journey from conception to parenthood with all the hiccups in between," she said.
The book was one of five finalists in the women's issues category.
"It's fantastic to be a finalist against thousands of books from around the world," Mrs Bull said.
"The book really comes from an honest place and talks openly about topics concerning women. "A lot of women can relate to that and enjoy the openness."
The book contains short stories from women who had trouble conceiving or have had a miscarriage or premature baby.
Writing it became a form of therapy for Mrs Bull, and she hopes it will help others.
"Too many women are suffering in silence but miscarriage shouldn't be taboo any more," she said.
"When you're pregnant you're so attached to that baby. So it's a horrible grieving process."
"I think hospitals need to take notice and provide more support for people going through that process and for people who miscarry.
"I felt very isolated during those times and wasn't even told about support lines I could call," she said.
Mrs Bull has entered Ready or Not . . . Out I Come in the Readers' Favourite international book award and the Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards.