Two-book deal from Avon for debut writer Adrienne Chinn

Avon Books has signed a two-book deal with debut author Adrienne Chinn, with Molly Walker-Sharp acquiring World English Language rights to The Lost Letter from Morocco, and one further book, from Joanna Swainson at Hardman and Swainson. The first book is slated for publication next spring.

According to the acquisition statement: ‘Adrienne’s debut novel follows a young woman on a journey of self-discovery across Morocco, after she finds a photograph of her late father with a mystery woman and is determined to unlock the secrets of her past.’

Walker-Sharp, editorial assistant at Avon, said: “I am completely overjoyed to be publishing this beautifully-written time slip debut, which takes us on a journey across Morocco in search of a forgotten past. Adrienne effortlessly creates a sensuous evocation of Morocco and her knowledge of the region shines through her writing – I have no doubt that readers will be absolutely swept away by this sumptuous read next spring.”

Chinn said: “The phone call from Avon with an offer to publish The Lost Letter from Morocco and a second novel came while I was standing on Clapham Junction station. I whooped, which did cause some stares. I’m thrilled to be working with Molly and the brilliant team at Avon, where I know my novels have found a wonderful home.”

After graduating with a Master’s in English Literature from the University of Windsor, Canada, Adrienne retraced her English father’s footsteps back to England where she worked as a freelance TV and film researcher. She continued to write – novels, plays, short stories and haiku. In 2007 her design book The Home Decorator’s Colour & Texture Sourcebook was published by Apple. She attended the Faber Academy “Writing a Novel” course in 2011 where she began work on the novel that was to become The Lost Letter from Morocco, influenced by her love of Morocco, a country she has been visiting for over ten years.