Steyning author, Wendy Clarke, is celebrating the launch of her debut novel after clinching a two-book deal with publisher Bookouture.
What She Saw, the first of two psychological thrillers, is about a woman called Leona who for the last twelve years, has been trying to provide a normal life for her daughter, Beth. All is well until she thinks she sees Ria – the woman who nearly destroyed her life before. Scared the same thing will happen again, she turns to a councillor for help. Meanwhile, Beth is fighting her own demons and when she learns the devastating truth her mother’s been keeping from her, her actions unleash a chain of events that could put them all in danger.
Wendy’s novel is set in The Lake District, an area of the country she tries to visit as much of possible: “I chose this area because of its beautiful, dramatic and ever-changing landscape. It’s the perfect scenery for building suspense.”
Although What She Saw is Wendy’s debut novel, she is not new to writing. With over three hundred short stories published in national women’s magazines, such as The People’s Friend and Woman’s Weekly, why the change of direction?
Wendy explained: “I’ve loved writing for the magazines, but these are gentle stories. With a degree in psychology, and an interest in how the human mind can affect behaviour, I thought it might be interesting to explore a darker side to my writing.”
The second of Wendy’s novels, We Were Sisters, will be published in August and is set in a fictitious village very similar to her home town of Steyning.
What She Saw will be published by Bookouture in ebook, paperback and audio on 1 May. It will be available from The Steyning Bookshop as well as Amazon, Apple and Googleplay.