After winning the runner-up prize at the Montegrappa First Fiction Competition at the Emirates Airline Literature Festival last year, Lucinda Martin now has a publishing deal with Chicken House:
Dubai writer Lucinda Martin has been signed by Chicken House, the British publishing house founded by Barry Cunningham – the man who gave the green light for J K Rowling’s debut novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
“The offer came through at the end of December,” says Martin.
“It’s the best present I ever had.”
It was Martin’s first draft of her forthcoming novel Moth and the Nightingale that landed her the deal. Set in 1937, the young-adult tale is laced with fantasy and drama as it follows a grieving child’s relationship with an elderly woman she meets in the woods.
Since arriving in Dubai four years ago for a teaching job, Martin says she kept up a steady writing regimen by working on stories and focusing on her blog, Homesick and Heatstruck.