Dalkeith group member’s book deal

Stella Hervey Birrell

Stella Hervey Birrell

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Stella Hervey Birrell of Dalkeith writers group gave up paid work in 2012 to fulfil her ambition to become a writer, and last week it paid off.

Stella has signed to Crooked Cat Publishing and will soon release her debut novel. She said: “It’s an absolutely wonderful feeling to have been given this validation. I’m looking forward to getting into the whole process, publicising my forthcoming release, working with an editor, and watching the whole thing come together.”

Stella’s debut novel How Many Wrongs make a Mr Right? is set to be released next year. The novel, a heart-warming chick-lit story, is based in Edinburgh and the Lake District. She added: “I wanted to write something for women in Scotland and England. So much women’s fiction centres around London, or is set in a cosy village, but we’ve all kissed plenty of ‘Mr Wrongs’ in market towns, other cities, lots of places.”