Worksop author celebrates publication of second novel

A Worksop author is celebrating after the publication of her second novel set in her old stomping ground.
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Hayley Smith, 51, from Worksop is due to release her second novel, psychological thriller - Such A Loving Couple on November 8.

Hayley’s first book The Perfect Girlfriend, also set around Worksop and Chesterfireld, reached the number one spot in Amazon women's fiction during the summer and has remained in the top five ever since.

Hayley said: “A year ago, I was snapped up off the slush pile and given a two-book deal by Bookouture (Hachette UK). I have recently signed another deal with them for two more books to be published in 2024 and 2025.

Author Hayley Smith. Picture by Storyfire LimitedAuthor Hayley Smith. Picture by Storyfire Limited
Author Hayley Smith. Picture by Storyfire Limited

“I am so proud and delighted.”

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Hayley Smith is married with three children and has worked as a graphic designer, youth worker and musician.

Hayley Smith has been involved in the community organising gigs and events, including Whitwell Festival of Music.

Such A Loving Couple by Hayley SmithSuch A Loving Couple by Hayley Smith
Such A Loving Couple by Hayley Smith

Hayleys first book started off as a short story which she wrote for an assignment as part of an English and Creative Writing degree with the Open University around 12 years ago.

Author Ray Robinson, who was the tutor of the course, loved it and encouraged Hayley to write a novel of which she turned that short story into a full-length work.

After finishing the novel the author found an agent with LBA and it was submitted to major publishers and whilst interest started to be shown, the author was set back with a health scare which involved major surgery.

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