Hot Key Books has signed three new authors for 2016, including Puffin Ireland editor Clare Hennessy and New York Times columnist Lisa Selin Davis.
Hennessy’s novel, Nothing Tastes as Good, is about Annabel, a recently deceased anorexic teen who is assigned as a ghost helper to a girl who also has a difficult relationship with food.
Hot Key editor Naomi Colthurst, who acquired the UK and commonwealth rights from Sallyanne Sweeney at Mulcahy Associates in a two-book deal, said Hennessy is UK YA’s “next biggest voice”.
She said: “Her writing is astonishing – it grips you from the moment you start reading, and simply doesn’t let go. I have never met a character like Annabel, and the journey Claire takes her on is extraordinary. On top of that, Claire is simply a dream author: funny, engaged, passionate and a complete delight to work with.”
Publication is set for July 2016.
Colthurst has also acquired two books from US authors: Lost Stars by Lisa Selin Davis and Cherry by Lindsey Rosin.
Lost Stars, based on Selin Davis’ New York Times ‘modern love’ column, is about Carrie, whose older sister has died, leaving a splintered family unable to cope with their grief. Colthurst bought the UK and Commonwealth rights from Alex Webb at Rights People, acting on behalf of Candace Finn at HMH, and will publish in early 2017.
Colthurst also bought the UK and Commonwealth rights to Cherry, which is about four teens who make a pact during their senior year of high school to lose their virginity. She struck a deal with Anna Carmichael at Abner Stein, acting on behalf of Foundry Literary + Media, and will publish in August 2017.