questions. Bella is another of the talented contenders for this year’s Joan
Hessayon Award and graduate of the RNA New Writers’ Scheme.
long have you been writing? Is this your first published piece?
since primary school when I discovered that I loved it. Yes, It Started at Sunset
Cottage is my first
many years were you a member of the NWS and did you submit a manuscript each
and submitted a manuscript for two years until I graduated to full membership.
came first, agent or publisher?
lovely editor, Charlotte Ledger, at the RNA conference in Sheffield in 2013 as
part of the 121s and she asked to read the rest of my novel. I signed with my
agent later that year.
is your agent?
Nash Literary Agency
you have a contract for one book or more?
with Harper Impulse for two books and I have just signed a one book contract
with Avon (also part of Harper Collins).
was your book published?
February 2015, Print on Demand April 2015, and Paperback August 2015.
us something about your book
its core – Kate is a reserved author whilst Sarah is a sharp-tongued single
mother. After losing her fiancé, Kate is slowly getting her life back on track
when Timothy Calder, A-list actor and leading man in the movie adaptation of
her book, turns up on her doorstep, hoping to lie low after his latest tabloid
scandal. Sarah is trying to hold down two jobs and shut her ex-husband out of
her life. When he goes missing she thinks it’s the answer to her problems until
Sarah becomes number one suspect.
are you currently working on?
currently editing my second novel, ‘A Family Holiday’, which is due for release
in June, as well as writing my third book which will be released digitally in
four parts under the title ‘Willow Cottage’, the first part of which is due for
release on 7th July.
piece of advice would you give current members of the NWS?
what life throws at you and never, ever give up!
have a fabulous evening at the RNA Summer Party and good luck with your writing