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.
To read more about the Fellowship scheme and the many different kinds of support offered by the RLF, click here.
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.
For full course details, please visit the West Dean College website here.
What makes the relationship between sisters so special and yet so sinister?
This October I’ll be at the Culture Bite Arts and Literature Festival in Hillingdon, on a panel discussing sisters and thrillers with three fabulous writers – Louise Jensen, Sue Fortin and Jane Corry. We look forward to seeing a few of you there!
Venue: Winston Churchill Theatre, Hillingdon, London
Date: Thursday 19th October
Time: 7.30 – 9.00pm
To book your place, please follow this link.
You are warmly invited to join me on Wednesday 26th July at Waterstones in Chichester to celebrate the launch of my new thriller Little Sister.
Tickets are free, just reserve your place by calling the number below. We look forward to welcoming you for a glass of wine and some relaxed book chat! Books will be available for signing on the night.
The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate is in its 15th year, and this July you can join me and top editor Sam Eades for a Thriller Writing Masterclass – a free event to be held in the Orion Crime Incident Room. Numbers are limited so book soon to guarantee your place!
Venue: Room 166, Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate
Date : Saturday 22nd July 2017
Time: 10.30 – 11.30am
To book your free place, please follow this link.
This month I’m delighted to be sharing an event with Liz Fenwick, author of The Returning Tide, as we discuss sisters and the coastal inspirations in our latest books.
Venue: Waterstones, Yeovil
Date: Wed 19th July 2017
Join us for a glass of wine and some lively book chat!
To book your place, please follow this link or phone 01935 479832
This March Isabel is delighted to be supporting the St Wilfrid’s Hospice Dreambuilding Project, with an evening of readings and book chat at St John’s Church in Southbourne, West Sussex. All proceeds from ticket sales and 15% of the bookseller’s profits will go towards this vital and inspiring community venture … three ticket holders will win an advance copy of Little Sister (out July 2017).
You’ll find details below – and for more information on obtaining tickets please email Alison Tuck: email@example.com OR Jenny Bond: firstname.lastname@example.org
On Wednesday 2nd November, Isabel will be join children’s author Sue Wallman at Kingston University for an evening of readings and audience Q&A with Kingston Writing School. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome!
For more information, click on the logo below:
Next week sees the launch of new Orion imprint, Trapeze books, and to celebrate they’re holding a series of ‘New Voices’ events throughout the week. To kick off, Trapeze will host Isabel and fellow authors Lara Dearman and Sarah Naughton for the Twitter Crime Night In – an hour of quick-fire questions, conversation and audience participation. To follow the interviews simply switch on to Twitter on Monday 3rd October, 7-8pm, and use the hashtag #KillerNightIn !