I’m the author of The Maid’s Room which will be published by Hodder & Stoughton on 16th November this year. It’s also going to be published by Penguin in Spain, Mondadori Libri in Italy, Rosinante in Denmark and Gyldendal in Norway.
I started writing fiction in 2011, but writing has been part of my life for years, first as a journalist on local newspapers followed by a news agency, then as a features editor on women’s magazines. Before all that, I read English Literature at the University of Sussex.
Journalism fed my urge to write, but whenever I went on holiday, out the notebook came and I’d start planning a novel – a different one every time. I ended up crumpling all of these ideas into the bin.
It was only when I moved to Singapore where I noticed the stark contrast between expats living in luxury and the domestic helpers that worked for them – many of whom were subject to all sorts of harsh rules – that I started to write a novel. And this time I didn’t give up. I couldn’t. Spurred on by the many stories that women working as maids had shared with me, I kept writing. The result is The Maid’s Room.
Other work by Fiona Mitchell:
‘Plenty More Where You Came From’, won the 2015 Frome Short Story Competition.
Sea Gift was shortlisted for the 2016 Bristol Prize and was published in the ninth anthology.
Read Black Lines in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 8.
The Colour of Mud is published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 7.
UFO Dad, was commended in the Yeovil Literary Prize.
Read The Quiet Numb of Nothing in the Bath Short Story Award Anthology.