Erica James is leaving Orion after 25 years to join HQ in a three-book deal, reuniting the author with her former editor Kate Mills.
Mills, now HQ publisher, worked with James for 14 years at Orion. She snapped up world English rights for the books from Jonathan Lloyd at Curtis Brown.
The first book in the new contract will published as a hardback, e-book and audiobook in spring 2022.
James has sold 2.7 million books for £15.09m through Nielsen BookScan, with Tell It To the Skies (Orion) her bestseller at 186,594 copies sold in paperback.
She said: “For 25 years, since the publication of my first novel, Orion has been a huge and very important part of my life for which I shall for ever be grateful. But as always in life, there comes a moment when it’s time for a change and I’m now greatly looking forward to working again with Kate Mills and the team at HQ and HarperCollins.”
Mills added: “I couldn’t be more delighted that Erica is joining us at HQ. Her books are immensely satisfying – novels you can lose yourself in, with gorgeous settings, characters who walk off the page to meet you and emotionally, engaging plots. Erica is a brilliant, thoughtful storyteller, and the whole team at HQ and HarperCollins are very much look forward to welcoming her and working with her going forward.”
Orion m.d. Katie Espiner commented: "Orion have been the proud publishers of Erica James from the very start of her career. We are sad to see her move on, of course, but wish her and HQ every luck and success."