May 2017, Dubai UAE
Dubai-based writer and entrepreneur, Karen Osman has signed a 3-book deal with UK publishing house Head of Zeus. won the prestigious Montegrappa Writing Prize at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2016.
The winning entry, currently titled The Good Mother, is the first book and will be out in November 2017. The fictional work is a thriller, set in the North of England about a mother who writes to a convicted murderer in prison as part of a volunteer programme. It’s not long before she is involved in a complex relationship with the inmate, which sees her descend into a world of plotting, deception and revenge.
The second book, due out in 2018, is already in progress.
“I am beyond excited to secure a contract with a renowned publisher such as Head of Zeus. A three-book deal is a significant commitment and I’m looking forward to working with the team. I have always made a career out of writing, but more on the corporate side, so to have the opportunity to write novels is a dream come true.”
Sarah Ritherdon at Head of Zeus says:
“The moment I began reading The Good Mother I was totally hooked. Karen Osman has written a fantastically tense novel, with twists and turns galore, and a shock at the end even the keenest of thriller readers won’t see coming. We are delighted that Karen has agreed to join the team, and can’t wait to see what devious and cunning twists she comes up with in the future.”
In her new authorship role, Karen has also been invited to take part in next year’s Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, renowned for its impressive line up of authors. Notably, the festival marks its 10-year anniversary in 2018.
38 year-old Osman runs her own business Travel Ink which she founded in 2011 offering specialised writing and communication services for the travel, tourism, and hospitality sector. She is also the Travel and Tourism Chairperson for the British Business Group and Vice President of the Kaizen chapter for Business Network International.