Emmaus UK's Media and Publicity Manager is new publishing sensation
Emmaus UK's Media and Publicity Manager Madeleine Reiss is the UK's new publishing sensation after being crowned overall winner of the Alan Titchmarsh Show People's Novelist competition.
She entered three chapters of her work-in-progress novel earlier on in the year, but never expected to reach the final. "I'm very surprised, shocked and dazed", she said. "I've done 50,000 words but have another 40,000 still to write, so I'm a bit scared of the challenge ahead!".
Part thriller, part love story, the novel tells the story of a young mother who has lost her son on a Norfolk beach. She is persuaded to visit a medium, and starts getting messages which she believes are from her missing child. She takes some comfort from this, but then realises they actually relate to another child altogether - one who is in mortal danger.
Madeleine's prize includes a £10,000 advance and a publishing deal with HarperFiction.
Read an extract of her novel here.
Published on 11th November, 2011