SHE may still be on the lookout for her own cupid, but Playing Cupid is what Christie Paterson does best.
The Grafton woman's first romantic novel was released in electronic form this week, making her a published author and fulfilling one of her biggest life goals.
"The knowledge I've achieved what I wanted to do my whole life is pretty satisfying," she said.
"It just goes to prove if you really want something and work your butt off to get it, you'll make it in the end."
The book is the first installment of a trilogy, but Ms Patterson stressed that while the word 'trilogy' may make people think of 50 Shades of Grey, it was definitely not that kind of book.
"While they all have romantic elements, each book has a different sub-genre," she said.
Playing Cupid follows the story of Clarissa Gibson, who believes that she may have lost the love of her life to the evil clutches of his own mother. A wish on a star paves the way for an interesting journey through her past, present and future love life.
Ms Paterson said the secret ingredient in her writing process, as well as drawing from her own experiences, was coffee.
"I'm still looking for my own cupid to shoot me in the butt, but until then I'll just have to keep living vicariously through my writing."
Head to www.sweetcravingspublishing.com. to purchase Playing Cupid.