A young Galway city author is celebrating a major, six-figure two-book deal – signed after a hotly contested rights auction that drew global atttention.
Catherine Doyle, already the acclaimed author of the Blood on Blood trilogy in the Young Adult fiction genre, will now see her next two books published by Bloomsbury Children’s after they won worldwide rights on the basis of a partial manuscript.
The first of those books is Storm Keeper’s Island, which will hit the shelves next July; it is the story of Fionn Boyle, who is sent away for the summer to stay with his grandfather on the remote island of Arranmore. His arrival awakens an ancient magic buried deep in the island’s layers – and the adventure that follows sees him face his fears and embrace his destiny as the Storm Keeper’s heir.
The delighted 26 year old Galway city writer said she believed that, with Bloomsbury, she had found the perfect home.
“Having grown up listening to my grandfather’s stories of daring sea rescues and adventures on Arranmore Island, it’s wonderful to be able to write a magical story that has been inspired by them,” she said.
Bloomsbury’s UK Editorial Director Ellen Holgate also expressed delight with her new siging.
“The quality of the writing speaks for itself. It’s a classic, big-hearted children’s adventure story in a magical Irish setting, which made me laugh and cry. I think it will be around for many, many years to come,” she said.
Her original foray into the world of writing came after she secured a three-book deal with the same international publisher who discovered JK Rowling, the creator of the Harry Potter series.
The 26-year-old graduate of NUI Galway, who has a degree in psychology and a masters in literature and publishing, is the daughter of Renmore-based GP Grace Doyle, and principal of ‘the Bish’ boys’ secondary school, Ciaran Doyle.
See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.