Historical Novel Society and The Story of Us

I am thrilled to be featured in Historical Novel Society Magazine’s New Voices column this month, and in such wonderful company.

I attended a writing conference organised by the Historical Novel Society in London in 2014 and it was absolutely fantastic. I got to pitch an early draft of The Story of Us to two amazing agents and received personal and insightful feedback. I also enjoyed meeting some of my favourite authors and hearing about their writing process. I still remember Conn Iggulden’s keynote speech, which inspired not only my writing but also my quest for publication. Knowing that others had faced rejection and still made it to the top was incredibly encouraging. Every time another rejection letter landed in my inbox and I wanted to give up, I thought of Conn’s words and kept going. Now that The Story of Us is finally out there for readers to enjoy and I’m working on my next two books, I’m so glad I never stopped trying. Thank you so much Historical Novel Society for this wonderful experience and for featuring me in your column!

Cover Reveal for The Story of Us

I absolutely love the cover for The Story of Us, with its haunting images of Kreshchatyk and Pechersk Lavra under the Nazi occupation! With only two months to go until publication, I am getting super excited. I can’t wait to see this book out there and to share it with all of you!

Watching the Red Army withdraw from Ukraine in the face of Hitler’s relentless advance, Natasha Smirnova realises her life is about to change forever.

As Kiev is cast under the dark cloud of occupation, Natasha falls in love with Mark, a Hungarian soldier, enlisted against all his principles on the side of the Nazis.

But as Natasha fights to protect the friends and family she holds dear she must face up to the dark horrors of war and the pain of betrayal. Will the love she and Mark share be strong enough to overcome the forces which threaten to tear them apart?

The Story of Us is a powerful tale of love, loss, and the power of hope set in Kiev during the Second World War, perfect for fans of Kate Furnivall, Pam Jenoff, and V. S. Alexander.

The story of Natasha and her family is very close to my heart. Like most Russians, I grew up hearing about the war from my grandparents. These stories are in our blood, like our love for Pushkin and our penchant for drinking tea with every meal. My grandparents were too young to fight in the war but old enough to remember the hunger and the fear for everyone they loved, especially their fathers, faraway at the Eastern front and inching their way towards Berlin.

The Kindle edition will be published in December and the paperback a couple of months later. The Story of Us is available for pre-order at all the online retailers.

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Savaged Lands is acquired by HQ Digital/Harper Collins

I have amazing news! My first novel, Savaged Lands, has a new home. It has been acquired by HQ Digital, an imprint of Harper Collins, who publish many of my favourite authors. In the coming months, I will be working with a wonderful editor to make the story more dramatic and unputdownable. The book will have a different title (The Story of Us), a brand new cover, and will be available in December. I’m thrilled to be joining HQ Digital family and can’t wait to share the new edition with all of you!