We note, with great sadness that Eva Hudson died earlier this year. We also feel great pride that for Eva, winning the Lucy Cavendish Fiction prize began a successful writing career, resulting in the popular Ingrid Skyburg FBI thriller series. She is a shining example of everything our Prize aims to achieve. Read more about the plans for Eva's unpublished works.
Background to Eva's winning Fiction Prize entry
Eva Hudson was born and raised in south London and split her time between rural Sussex and central London. Prior to writing, she was a local government officer, singer, dot com entrepreneur, portrait artist, project manager, web designer and content editor. In 2011 she won the inaugural Lucy Cavendish fiction prize for her first novel, The Loyal Servant. The novel was also shortlisted for ITV's People's Novelist Award.
Eva's first novel was about a private investigation agency set in a small fictional town in New England. She wrote it in a month and consigned it to a very deep drawer. And there it remains!
She didn’t write another novel for three years. That too was written in a month but she didn’t actually give up on that one quite as quickly as the first. In fact she rewrote it again and again. Altogether it went through 7 drafts (and about 500,000 words) before she finally decided it should also be shoved in that secure drawer.
The third novel she started in 2010, just after leaving the Department for Education (DfE), where she worked for eight years. The Loyal Servant, set in the DfE, though entirely fictional, does include some ‘truth-based’ scenes.
In 2011, The Loyal Servant won the inaugural Lucy Cavendish fiction prize. Of this Eva said "This gave me the confidence I needed to believe I was actually writing something people wanted to read. And I’ve never looked back".