Annette Gordon was one of five aspiring female authors shortlisted for the 2014 Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize. In its fourth year, the 2014 prize attracted substantial interest from agents and publishers seeking new talent. This resulted in Annette securing a literary agent, with whom she has worked on her second novel.

Annette’s shortlisted first novel, When I was Loved explored issues of survival, control, trust and money within relationships. Her second novel, The Last Scattering is now complete and has been submitted to publishers. Set in the 1980s and the present day, the plot charts the life of David Sherringham an astro-physicist and TV presenter whose career is threatened by accusations of rape.

Following a career as a TV Producer and Director, during which she secretly wrote novels, Annette is relishing the opportunity to finally focus on her writing:

“I'm two-thirds through a first draft of a third novel which should be finished in mid-January. I'm fortunate in being able to get down to writing thanks to twenty years of hard graft in television where you are required to produce voice-over scripts, shooting scripts often with someone standing over you waiting for words. And I'm not short of ideas.”

Watch this space for news on Annette’s progress in 2015 – it’s going to be an exciting and busy year!

The Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize is for unpublished, female authors over the age of 21.