My next newsletter goes out next week, and all subscribers are in with a chance to win a copy of Little Sister as well as getting access to an exclusive three chapter sampler of Beautiful Liars – two months ahead of its eBook release in April.
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Thanks for all your support – and I hope you enjoy the sneak preview!
Eighteen years ago Martha said goodbye to best friend Juliet on a moonlit London towpath. The next morning Juliet’s bike was found abandoned at the waterside.
She was never seen again.
Nearly two decades later Martha is a TV celebrity, preparing to host a new cold case crime show… and the first investigation will be that of missing student Juliet Sherman. After all these years Martha must reach out to old friends and try to piece together the final moments of Juliet’s life.
Collected is a weekly series of articles from Royal Literary Fund writers, and this week’s feature is from me. A few weeks ago, I sent out the question: Writers! What was your best and worst casual job as a teenager? The responses were fascinating (and often amusing), inspiring me to write this piece:
As I reflect on my own development as a writer, I am certain my teen experiences of weekend and holiday work were instrumental in my creative growth, arguably more so than my years spent limping through O levels at the local high school. Growing up in a small seaside community, I yearned for independence and dreamed of escape to ‘other places’. I developed the unnerving suspicion that nothing went unnoticed, that somehow everyone had an eye on each other’s business. My Saturday job in the local chemist confirmed this … read more
It’s Christmas, and time for me to shut down my social networks to spend time with family and friends before work begins on the next book in 2018. Huge thanks to all you book champions for your friendship, support and good chat this year – here’s my #2017bestnine pics from Instagram. See you in February!
This November I’ll be appearing in my home town of Chichester, talking ‘Seaside, Suspense and Sibling Rivalry’ at Chichester Library. I’ll be introducing my latest novel Little Sister, as well as giving a sneak preview reading from my forthcoming thriller Beautiful Liars and answering audience questions. We look forward to seeing a few of you there!
Venue: Chichester Library, Tower Street, PO19 1QJ
Date: Tuesday 21st November 2017
Time: 7.30 – 9.00pm
Tickets are £5.00, available from the library (Tel 01243 777351 / email Chichester.email@example.com )
I’m over the moon to share the news that I’ll be working on two new thrillers with the team at Trapeze and Orion Publishing – the first being LAKE CHILD, described by editorial director Sam Eades as ‘Flowers in the Attic meets BBC’s The Missing‘. Sam went on to say:
“Working with Isabel Ashdown has been a dream come true and I’m thrilled our partnership will continue. Not only is she a brilliant writer, but she is a huge supporter of other authors and has been with Trapeze since launch. Lake Child is a gripping and claustrophobic family drama, set in a stunning remote location and filled with Isabel’s trademark jawdropping twists and turns.”
I couldn’t be happier to be continuing my writing career with the Orion family, as I told The Bookseller: “Characters – and relationships – are at the heart of my writing inspirations, and together with my agent Kate Shaw, Sam has championed my desire to keep pushing the boundaries of this fascination.” Read the full article here.
Warmest thanks to my wonderful agent Kate and my awesome editor Sam, and to everyone who has supported me along the way – publishers old and new, readers, colleagues, family and friends – your encouragement has made all the difference.
Lake Child will be released in 2019 (Trapeze).
This month I am delighted and honoured to take up my new post as Royal Literary Fund (RLF) Fellow at the University of Chichester, where I will be resident two days a week to offer writing support to all students.
The RLF has been helping writers since its 1790 founder, the Rev David Williams, was moved by the plight of an elderly translator of Plato, Floyer Sydenham, who had died in a debtors’ prison. Today, the RLF continues to help writers, and the Fellowship is just one example of their good work in action.
It’s a particular pleasure for me to be posted in Chichester, where I have strong connections, having studied there as a mature student at the very start of my own writing career. During that period, I gained from time spent with the resident Fellows of those years – Mavis Cheek and Stephen Mollett were both insightful and encouraging to this new writer at a time when I was both uncertain and deeply private about my creative endeavours.
I’m very much looking forward to my time at Chichester, where I’m confident I’ll learn as much from my visiting students as they will from me.
Do you yearn for a bit of time and space to work on your story and characters … ?
This weekend writing course at West Dean College could be just the thing you need. The breathtaking setting of West Dean house and gardens provides a haven of peace and tranquility in which to study and work – and if you feel like really treating yourself, residential options are available.
Date: 27-29 October 2017
Venue: West Dean College, Nr Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 0QZ
Course Content: Great characters are at the heart of great fiction – the most compelling stories contain unforgettable characters we are curious about and believe in. Through guided discussion, exercises around point of view and hands-on writing, this course will help you to transform your existing characters and encourage you to unearth a few new ones along the way.