Wednesday, September 29, 2010

My secret project is not so secret any more!

I'm thrilled to be able to talk about what's been keeping me so busy for the last few months. As well as finishing the third in the Secret Shopper books - The Secret Shopper Affair, due out next spring - I've been writing a brand new series of Young Adult books.

The Bookseller has more, but the press release from Orion Children's, is posted below. All I can say is, it's been terrifically exciting to be able to write in a new genre, for a new audience. I actually rather like writing scary stuff!

I promise there'll be more news soon of covers and concepts and so on, but in the meantime, just wanted to update this neglected blog and explain why it's been quite so neglected.

To Amber Caravéo at Orion Children's Books, her first acquisition for the Orion Children's list; the SOUL BEACH trilogy from the author of the best-selling SECRET SHOPPER novels (also published by Orion), Kate Harrison. Rights to the UK & Commonwealth (excluding Canada) were pre-emptively acquired from Philippa Milnes-Smith at LAW.

The first book in the trilogy, SOUL BEACH, will be published in summer 2011.

Amber Caravéo says of the acquisition:

'As soon as I read the first few pages of Kate's spectacular and sinister SOUL BEACH trilogy, I knew I wanted to publish. I am delighted that my first acquisition for Orion Children's Books could be something that is so original and stand-out in the YA arena.'

Kate Harrison says of her first books for a teen audience:

'I had the idea for Soul Beach after spending far too much of my writing time on Facebook, and beginning to see a darker side to social networking. After I started writing the book, I really hoped that I'd find a publisher who'd feel as excited about the story as I did, so it was fabulous when I met Amber and the team at Orion Children's, as they totally 'got it.' It's also brilliant to be able to give rein to my creepier instincts, and even better that I'm being published by the people at Orion, who have done such a great job with my adult novels.'