New writer in the running to win top prize for first book

Caroline Roberts
Caroline Roberts

A Chatton-based author who recently released her first novel is in the running to win a prestigious prize.

Caroline Roberts is among the contenders for The Romantic Novelists’ Association’s (RNA) Joan Hessayon Award for new writers.

She has been shortlisted for her debut work, The Torn Up Marriage, published by HarperImpulse and set in and around Alnwick.

The shortlist is made up of authors whose debut novels have been accepted for publication after passing through the RNA’s New Writers’ Scheme. Each year, 250 places are offered to unpublished writers writing in the romance genre.

As part of the initiative, they can submit a complete manuscript for critique by one of the Association’s published authors. Writers can also attend RNA events.

Caroline, whose writing is inspired by Northumberland, said: “It’s just wonderful to have my novel published at last and I’ve had some fantastic comments from readers. I’m very thankful to the RNA, the New Writers’ Scheme, and the lovely RNA members who have become friends for their advice and support; it really has kept me going through the roller-coaster ride to publication.”

The award will be presented at the RNA Summer Party on May 21, in London.