This is a new publisher and a new departure for me which is why it is so very exciting. I simply cannot wait to share these new books with you!
Like many writers, I have always had two voices ( think JK Rowling…and also Paula Hawkins - who wrote women’s fiction before The girl on the Train). I think this goes back to my decades as a journalist. Back then I wrote across sectors without thinking about it….crime and dark stories one day and warmer, human interest features another. So I found that when I started writing fiction, two voices naturally emerged as well. Both character-led and distinctively me, but one for warmer stories….and one for darker themes.
a darker theme calling from the shadows...
I’m incredibly proud of my first two novels – Recipes for Melissa and Last Kiss Goodnight – which have been so beautifully reviewed and have sold in translation around the world. But when I sat down at my writing desk earlier this year, there was this darker theme calling to me from the shadows. That other ‘voice’.
I am great believer that you should write what you BURN to write so I rather nervously sent my literary agent the idea and opening and held my breath. Her reply pinged straight back - ‘Wow, Teresa.’
And now here I am with a wonderful deal from Thomas and Mercer....pinching myself all over again.
I Am Watching You
The first of my new books I AM WATCHING YOU tells the haunting story of a witness who receives chilling and threatening hate mail after failing to help a teenager - now missing. At the heart of the story is the shocking reason WHY Ella didn't step up...and the new fear her own family is in as much danger as the missing girl.
It's been decided to stick with my byline Teresa Driscoll for my psychological suspense titles so that readers know it’s very much me but, from the haunting cover and blurb, in a slightly different and darker place. I really hope my existing readers will love this departure, but am obviously hoping this will take my writing to a new audience too.
More news on release dates soon.