A Chatton author has published her second novel, which is inspired by Chillingham Castle and the countryside around it.
Caroline Roberts is behind the work The Cosy Teashop in the Castle and the book came out last week.
It follows the 2015 release of her debut novel, The Torn Up Marriage, which was nominated for a Romantic Novelists Association award.
Reflecting on her new book, Caroline said: “It is a romantic comedy set in a beautiful, quirky Northumbrian castle, inspired by the wonderful Chillingham Castle and the countryside around it.
“It is all about having the courage to strive for your dreams; something that I have done in recent years, when into my 40s, I decided to try to get the novels I had been writing over the last 10 years published. It took a while, and I learnt from the rejections, picked myself up and kept going. And then in 2014 it really happened when I got a two-book deal with Harper Collins and my debut novel was published in March 2015.”
The Cosy Teashop in the Castle is available online at Amazon and WHSmith, and will hopefully be in bookshops soon.
Caroline added: “The publication date was last Thursday and it has been doing really well in the Amazon Kindle charts so far. The paperback is already available through Amazon.”
In what has been an incredible journey for Caroline, the Northumberland author has been chosen to be part of the Read Regional Campaign for 2016, with The Torn Up Marriage. She will be touring libraries and taking workshops across the North between March and the end of June. Her first event is at Ponteland library next Thursday at 7.30pm.
Caroline will be travelling as far as Cumbria, Manchester Central Library, Wakefield and Doncaster as part of the tour.
Read Regional is a campaign run by New Writing North that partners with libraries and publishers to give readers the chance to meet authors in their local libraries.
As well as the author events, all of the Read Regional titles are stocked in 22 library authorities across the region, creating a wealth of fantastic books available to borrow. For more details and for her full list of events, visit www.readregional.com
On top of this, Caroline has recently signed up with literary agent, Hannah Ferguson, and has just finished the first draft of her third book, which is a love story set at Bamburgh beach.
Hannah will be looking to secure Caroline another book deal for this and her future novels.