The Red Queen author Philippa Gregory is turning her hand to young adult fiction for the first time, after signing a deal with Simon & Schuster.
Ingrid Selberg, director of children's publishing at S&S UK, and Jon Anderson, executive vice-president and publisher of S&S children's publishing US, bought world rights to four historical romance titles.
The books will be edited by Venetia Gosling, fiction editorial director at S&S UK. The first title, with details to be revealed, will be published in hardback in summer 2012.
Selberg said: "We are tremendously excited to welcome Philippa Gregory to the Simon & Schuster Children’s list. Her magical storytelling, combined with romance and strong characterisation, will have enormous appeal to the young audience.
"We look forward to working with our colleagues across all of Simon & Schuster to bring her stories to young readers worldwide."
Gregory said: "I am delighted to move into a new form of writing. I know I have many young readers already and it will be a pleasure to write a series especially for them. Bringing history alive is a great joy and to bring it to a young generation doubly so."
Simon & Schuster is publishing Gregory's non-fiction debut, The Women of the Cousins' War, and her latest novel in the Cousins' War series, The Lady of the Rivers, today (15th September).