My novel The Maid’s Room is out now, published by Hodder & Stoughton. It’s also going to be translated into other five languages.
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. 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.
I’ve just finished writing my second book for Hodder & Stoughton. I also write features, edit other people’s novels, and am a cheerleader for struggling writers. I had stacks of rejections before my wonderful agent Rowan Lawton took me on. So if you’ve just received yet another rejection from a literary agent, hopefully you’ll find lots here to inspire you and help you carry on writing.
Other work by Fiona Mitchell:
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.
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