BUNDABERG author Cherie Curtis received an early birthday present this year in the form of a three-book contract with an Australian publisher.
Mrs Curtis, who writes under the fantasy pen-name Cheryse Durrant, was offered the career-boosting contract through Clan Destine Press at a writers' conference at the Gold Coast last weekend.
"It was so unexpected," she said.
"It was like all my birthdays had come at once."
Mrs Curtis's young adult urban fantasy novel, Demon Hunter - which is the first in the Heart Hunter series - will hit Bundy bookstores in May next year.
"I only submitted the manuscript 10 weeks ago, so I hadn't expected an offer this soon," she said.
Mrs Curtis, whose real birthday was on Wednesday, teaches creative writing to children and is also overseeing the Elements feature for the NewsMail, which details how wind, fire, water and earth has shaped the city.