Prudence S Thomas from Birmingham is hoping a film scout will discover her Fantasy eBook, The Path to Horn Cottage: A Cunning Folk Mystery.
Prudence has entered the Page Turner Awards, where published and unpublished fiction and non-fiction from all genres can enter their writing to get discovered by high-profile judges from the literary world. In particular, she is hoping a film scout will be hooked by her story and help her get it into film.
By day, Prudence is a forensic psychologist. She grew up in the West Midlands with a deep love of books and was strongly influenced by mythology, philosophy, fantasy, and historical mysteries.
For a forensic psychologist, their role starts when a case arrives at court or when a sentence has been given, yet crime and mystery books often end at this point. Although The Path to Horn Cottage is set in a very different world, the books have provided the author with an opportunity to unpick some of the moral and ethical challenges that are often missing in contemporary crime fiction.
The writer notes that it’s important to her to explore why the protagonists in her novels do what they do, but also to think about what happens to them after the traditional “whodunnit” reveal scene is done.
Prudence would love to have Birmingham locals supporting her. Readers can vote for her book and add any constructive feedback to the story, thus helping her improve her chances of getting noticed by the judges. Residents can vote and comment here.
Prudence says, “If I win, I would love to go to a writing retreat somewhere magical in a faraway forest, so I can live out all of my Cunning Folk Mystery dreams!’
As a forensic psychologist, Prudence initially thought that her fantasy mystery series was an escape from her day job, but colleagues who have read the book note that her day job has seeped into her writing, whether she intended it to or not!
The first two books in the series have a deep connection with themes of rehabilitation, justice, and the reasons why people arrive at a point in their life where they commit a terrible deed.
The Page Turner Awards, sponsored by ProWritingAid, offers writers and authors the chance to enter unpublished or published fiction and non-fiction books, where a group of literary agents will read the work. Two writers are guaranteed to be published.
Hopefully, with feedback and votes from Birmingham residents, Prudence will be shortlisted or win the eBook Award.
Find out more about The Page Turner Awards. Submissions are open until 30 June 2020.
Winners of the eBook Award will receive a chance to secure film rights for their book plus receive valuable publicity campaigns by Palamedes PR in the UK and PR for Writers in the USA. One lucky eBook winner will win an Audiobook Production consisting of a seven-hour book production worth £1500, all-inclusive.
The Awards’ £20K prize fund includes a Screen and Television Adaptation Report, The Novel Factory Writing Software, the Writing Academy‘s Author’s Success Bundle, the Ultimate Fantasy Writer’s Guide, a lifetime license for editing software from ProWritingAid and the chance to be mentored by successful writing mentors.