Alison Knights, an Oxford Brookes Creative Writing alumna who completed her MA in 2013, has signed a three-book publishing contract. The deal with Accent Press will see two romance novels and a young adult time-slip adventure published.
Alison decided several years ago that, if she wanted to be a novelist, she needed to learn her craft. She studied part-time, first at the University of Bristol, and later at Bath Spa University, where she graduated with first class honours. She loved studying creative writing, and experimenting with different genres, so it seemed natural to her to go on to study for her masters at Oxford Brookes.
After graduating from Brookes, Alison attended a conference organised by the Romantic Novelists Association in July 2014. “I had the opportunity to meet with Hazel Cushion, director of Accent Press, to talk about my young adult book, Rosie Goes to War. Hazel and her editor liked it, and asked me to send in anything else I had for consideration. I submitted two romance novels – Branded, and French Kisses. Within days, Accent Press offered me contracts for all three books.”
It has been an amazing experience. I’ve been trying to get published for a long time, and to sell three books at once is a dream come true.
Alison says that she is now on a steep learning curve – completing book cover design forms and publicity questionnaires, setting up a website, and getting to know the other authors at Accent Press. She feels that her years as a student have helped her become a far better writer.
I’ve served my apprenticeship, and now I’m looking forward to a new career as a novelist.