Black & White signs thriller debut

Black & White signs thriller debut

Black & White Publishing has signed a psychological thriller by debut crime novelist S J I Holliday.
 
Campbell Brown, c.e.o. of Black & White Publishing, acquired world English rights in the novel, titled Black Wood, from Philip Patterson of Marjacq Scripts.
 
Black Wood is set in Banktoun, a fictional small town south of Edinburgh: a quiet, close-knit community where gossip and rumours abound, and terrible deeds are quietly swept under the carpet, such as what happened all those years ago in the woods. It is described as an atmospheric novel of past secrets, broken friendship and tainted love that builds to a murderous climax.
 
Holliday said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have found the perfect home for Black Wood. The team at Black & White have just 'got' exactly what I was trying to do with the novel, the characters, the setting – the things that make it a little different. It's a dark book but with some lighter elements - just like the town it's based on.”
 
She added: “I plan to write others set in Banktoun, but not so many that it turns into Midsomer..."
 
Black & White Publishing will publish Black Wood in spring 2015.