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10 February 2018

Our Little Secret by Claudia Carroll

Sarah Dee has the perfect life. A high-flying job in a law firm, a beautiful daughter and a house to die for. So how does she find herself looking in through the kitchen window while another woman enjoys it all?

When Sarah takes pity on a struggling young graduate who can’t get a job, she thinks she’s doing the right thing. She’s being kind, generous and helpful to others, as she always is. But as Sarah allows the younger woman into her home, her law firm and even her family, is there more to this pretty youngster than meets the eye? And could this be a good deed that goes further than expected?

Claudia Carroll does it again with a sparkling new novel about what happens when your life becomes up for grabs…

I am thrilled to welcome the author today to talk about her first ever book deal as she celebrates publishing her 14th novel.

The Moment I Got My First Ever Book Deal

Like a lot of authors, for about as long as I can remember, I’d been scribbling down stories and embarrassingly rough drafts for novels. But then like most people, I just assumed that book deals were something that happened to other people so I’d just shove what I’d written into the back of a drawer and vow not to mortify myself by even talking about it. Took me a very long time and a LOT of courage to get brave and actually put a book out there.

In the meantime though, I was working as an actress on a long running soap opera in Ireland and, like so many others, had always dreamt of writing a book, but never really had the guts. But my idea for a book kept whispering at me. So I took to getting up earlier and earlier every morning and taking pen to paper and in a few months, had somehow cobbled together the first draft of my very first book, HE LOVES ME NOT, HE LOVES ME.

Then one of our directors on the TV show, a good pal of mine, published her first book and advised me to get three chapters of mine to her agent who she very kindly asked to look them over. So I took a very deep breath and went for it, sent off my chapters, then spent the next few weeks down on my hands and knees praying till I heard news back.

But thankfully the agent, the fabulous Marianne Gunn O’Connor very kindly agreed to take me on and had a book deal for me a few weeks later. I’ll never forget the moment. I was driving when the call came and my lovely agent said, ‘pull over the car.’ I thought something was wrong and when she told me we had a book deal, I think they heard my screams for miles!

All these years later and I’m still pinching myself...


  1. What a lovely post! Getting your first book deal might be so exciting! 14th book later though ahah xx corinne

  2. I love reading these sorts of stories, and book deal ones are especially fun. It must be an incredible feeling 💜
    Amy x

  3. What a happy post! The book sounds amazing and I'm definitely going to look into getting it, sounds right up my street- x

  4. That book sounds great! It's lovely to hear how it all turned out good for her in the end, it's great she didn't give up - so inspiring!


  5. This sounds like such an interesting book - perfect book to put in my to-be-read list! The story of how she got her first book deal made me so happy as I read it - she didn’t give up and the dream of being published never left and finally she has her book out there! I’ll definitely be reading this book right after I finish the book I’m currently reading!



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