Commercial/literary, women’s, character-led, drama and book group fiction.
Three and six month mentoring, Mini, Midi and Mighty Manuscript Shakedowns.
Fiona Mitchell’s first novel, The Maid’s Room, was published last year by Hodder & Stoughton. Her second novel, The Swap, comes out in April 2019.
She is currently working on a third book as well as judging the Blue Pencil First Novel Award alongside literary agent Madeleine Milburn. Fiona has a degree in English Literature and has worked as a journalist for twenty years.
The Maid's Room:
'This is where she sleeps. A cupboard. A bedroom. A windowless box.'
Sisters Dolly and Tala have never felt further from home. In the blistering heat of Singapore, they spend their days enabling ex-pats to have lives they could never afford for themselves.
Even though she has little freedom, Dolly can just about live with her job if it means she's able to support her beloved young daughter back in the Philippines. One day - if she's lucky - Dolly may even be able to go back and see her.
Tala, however, just can't keep her mouth shut about the restrictive, archaic rules maids are forced to abide by on pain of deportation. She risks everything to help her fellow maids, who have struggled to have their voices heard for far too long.
In a world where domestic workers are treated so poorly, The Maid's Room explores how women can come together to change each other's lives, and be the architects of their own futures.
'A modern-day The Help' Emerald Street
'It's a book to read and then read again.' The Book Bag
'I loved The Maid's Room with its exquisite writing, married with a shocking and powerful story line that had me gripped and moved until the uplifting conclusion.' Katie Marsh, author of A Life Without You and This Beautiful Life
'A beautifully written and deeply moving novel . . . crafted with a mixture of grim detail, dark humour and poignancy, at times it's hard to believe that this book is a work of fiction. Genuinely excellent. *****' Heat
Read more about Fiona's debut novel The Maid's Room here >>