At Jefferson Franklin, we always say that we’re not here to be the author’s friend. We’re here to be the work’s friend.
That said, we’ve become friendly with a lot of our authors, especially as over time, certain authors have come back to us time and time again.
To date, there’s only one author whose house we’ve gone to stay at for a week. That would be Patricia ‘PM’ Wilson, a writer with more ideas than a Black Friday sale at The Big Bumper Ideas Store, and more joie de vivre than Tigger on Red Bull. Her first attempt to become a published novelist though, Driven By Secrets, drew on the harrowing true story of a Second World War atrocity in Crete, and the personal stories of some of those who survived it, to weave a compelling family saga of three generations of women.
From the very first time we read it, we knew Driven By Secrets deserved to go far – its combination of gut-wrenching impact and inspiring characters made it that rare thing – a page-turner that stayed with you long after you’d finished it.
During the course of the edit, Patricia invited us out to her home, which was then in Amiras, Crete, the scene of the atrocity on which Driven By Secrets turns. Meeting some of the people of the town, we became even more convinced that Driven By Secrets was a story that deserved a a wide audience.
Now we’re delighted to announce that PM Wilson has been taken on by Tina Betts of the highly-selective Andrew Mann Literary Agency – and while of course representation by an agent is just the first step towards traditional publication, we confidently expect to see PM Wilson’s Driven By Secrets, and her other work, on bookstore shelves in the future.
Find out more about PM Wilson and her work – not to mention her fascinating life – at her website.