Commercial/literary crossover, speculative fiction, plot, marketing.
Three month mentoring.
Molly Flatt began her novel The Charmed Life of Alex Moore on the Faber Academy six-month novel-writing course with Richard Skinner. Described as ‘“Bridget Jones meets The Matrix”, the novel was published to acclaim by Pan Macmillan in May 2018. Molly was also recently commissioned to write a short story for Women Invent the Future, a feminist science fiction anthology created by the internet think-tank Doteveryone.
Molly is Associate Editor of FutureBook, The Bookseller’s innovation stream - running their website and conference focused on innovation in books. For 10 years she worked in a word of mouth agency, teaching companies how to harness both digital platforms and the real world to spread their stories. As a freelance journalist, she writes about books, technology and culture for the likes of the BBC, the Guardian and the Evening Standard magazine. She is also a mentor for Kingston University’s MA Publishing programme.
She is excited to support writers working on all sorts of fiction, but particularly the un-categorisable kind.
The Charmed Life of Alex Moore:
Full of heart and humour, The Charmed Life of Alex Moore by Molly Flatt is a very modern adventure with a most unexpected twist.
There are success stories – and there are true stories.
How would you feel if everything in your life suddenly started to go . . . right? Six months ago, Alex Moore was stuck in a dead-end job, feeling her potential quietly slip away. Then, seemingly overnight, she launched her dream start-up and became one of London's fastest rising tech stars. At thirty-one, her life has just begun. But Alex’s transformation isn’t easy for those around her. Her friends are struggling to accept her rapid success, her parents worry she’s burning out and her fiancé is getting cold feet.
Then weird things start to happen. Muggings, stalkers – even a wild claim that she murdered a stranger. But when Alex visits the Orkney Islands to recharge, weird turns into WTF. Because there she discovers the world’s oldest secret – and it’s a secret that Alex’s stratospheric rise has royally messed up.
'I was hooked after the first paragraph.' Minnie Driver
'This is the kind of of-the-moment page-turning roller-coaster rides that can easily cost you a night's sleep. Molly Flatt has an important new voice, and she's destined for the bestseller lists - get in early so you can tell people you discovered her at the start.' - Seth Godin
'Molly’s first foray into fiction brilliantly fuses the worlds of books and tech. Add a little sprinkle of magic, and you’ve got an absolute page-turner.' Reading in Heels
'What an impressive, enrapturing novel. Do yourself a favour. Read this book. I promise you it’s not what you expect, and in the best way possible.' Danny Forston, The Sunday Times
Read more about Molly's debut novel The Charmed Life of Alex Moore here >>
What folk have to say about working with Molly...
"Molly Flatt is a fantastic mentor. She is thoughtful and precise in her feedback, while also being open and honest about her own experiences and process. Her support has been invaluable and given me the boost in motivation and confidence that I needed. She was flexible in her approach and focused – I felt like she made me her priority throughout the sessions. I would have no hesitation in recommending Molly to other writers.
In a crowded market, The Riff-Raff stands out as an authentic home for aspiring and debut writers. Amy has fostered a fantastic community and the extension into a mentorship programme keeps that same intimate feel. The scheme has made a real difference to my writing and throughout the process I felt nurtured and encouraged. I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment and would tell anyone considering the scheme to go for it. It’s truly tailored to each mentee and I think it’s a fantastic investment in your future as a writer."