Pan Macmillan has signed two more books by Faber Academy graduate Fiona Cummins to follow publication of her fourth book, When I Was Ten, in August 2020.
Trisha Jackson, publishing director at Pan Macmillan, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to two more books by thriller writer Cummins from Sophie Lambert at C&W. Publication is scheduled for 2021 and 2022.
The first of the new thrillers is about the mysterious disappearance of the Holden family and is set in a small community on the Essex coast, close to where Cummins lives with her family.
Cummins' books have now sold in 15 territories and her first two books, Rattle and The Collector, are in development with Tiger Aspect for TV adaptations.
Jackson said: "I feel enormously privileged to publish Fiona – her books just get better and better, if that’s possible! Her plotting and original storytelling talent are phenomenal and her characterisation is stunning – she does creepy, everyday domestic and the ‘what if’ superbly well. We are incredibly proud to be her publisher and we’re committed to building her into the major crime thriller brand she deserves to be."
Cummins added: "I’m thrilled to continue my relationship with Pan Macmillan, and especially my editor, Trisha Jackson, who has been a huge champion of my writing from the very start. They have exciting plans for my next novel and I can’t wait to publish more books with them."
Cummins’ three novels to date (Rattle, The Collector and The Neighbour, all published by Macmillan) have attracted critical acclaim and have sold 36,239 copies for £198,765, through BookScan, with Rattle her bestseller, at 18,901 copies sold in paperback. Cummins was formerly an award-winning show-business journalist for the Daily Mirror and is a graduate of the Faber Academy. Her fourth book, When I Was Ten, is a major highlight publication for Pan Macmillan in August 2020.