I’m the author of two books published by Hodder & Stoughton – The Swap, and The Maid’s Room which has been published internationally as well as being translated into five languages.



I started writing fiction in 2011, but writing has been part of my life for years, first as a journalist on newspapers and 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 challenges facing domestic helpers there that I started to write a novel. This time I didn’t give up. The result was The Maid’s Room.

The Swap is about two women who undergo IVF only to discover three years later that their embryos were inadvertently mixed up and they have each given birth to the wrong child. One of the women wants to swap the children back, the other doesn’t.

At the moment, I am working on my third book. I am also an editor for the Blue Pencil Agency, as well as being a reader and editor for a number of leading literary agents.

I’m a cheerleader for struggling writers too. 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. If you would like to work with me, click onto Editing Service on the menu above to find out more details.


Fiona Mitchell

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6 thoughts on “About

  1. This page looks like it is a breezing read. It give some thoughtful and intuitive content that could give inspiration to readers and creative writers alike who want to further their passion. It also mentions things to do with published work and literary agents and goes to the extent that would suggest how to go about enlisting the services of a literary agent if one was wanted.

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  2. Dear Fiona
    I have just read your book “The Maids Room”.
    Every page, every chapter, the characters , the descriptions are all so vivid .
    I enjoyed from cover to cover.
    Every scene, thought and conversation has been so aptly written that the pictures of the places, the scenes and the people were scenes coming alive as I read.
    So real, minute details captured so beautifully.
    You transferred your pictures into words , the words became pictures flitting across my mind as I read.
    Thank you for a wonderful read.
    Looking forward to reading your other books and stories.

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  3. Good evening Fiona. I noticed you were following Teddington Nub News. If we can do anything to help promote your works and books please do say or you think there is something you’d like to contribute please do not hesitate. kind regards Stuart

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  4. I feel wrung out. My emotions are in tatters, my pyjamas damp with my tears. I am in pyjamas because I picked up the book when I couldn’t sleep last night. I could not put it down. I felt like I had a vested interest in Dolly and Tala. And in the ex-pats.
    It was so beautifully written that I felt like I was riding on those women’s emotions. It was Madama Butterfly on steroids.
    Thank you so much for writing such a wonderful book with feelings I knew were real and a message that will be part of me now.
    So, Amazon has my order for The Swap and I have no choice but to spend the day sleepily reading the websites you mention.
    Thank you.

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