I am unbelievably excited to announce that I’ve signed a two-book deal with Bookouture!

I’ve known about the deal for a little while, and it has been so difficult to keep quiet, but the news has been officially announced now, which means I can finally talk about it, yay!

As featured on the Bookouture blog

Commissioning Editor of Bookouture, Emily Gowers, acquired World All Language and film and TV rights for two hilarious romantic comedies from Clare Coombes of The Liverpool Literary Agency. Danielle’s debut is a riotous fish-out-of-water comedy in which Bella goes from Prada to nada when her family’s soup empire goes bust.

Emily said: “I asked the universe for something to fill the Schitt’s Creek-sized hole in my life, and Danielle delivered! This book had me doubled over with laughter, and left me wishing Bella was real so that we could be friends. The next best thing though is to introduce her – and Danielle’s writing – to the world, and I feel so lucky to be doing this!”

Clare said: “From the first read, I knew this book was special. There was a lot of interest, but I’m so happy we’ve found the perfect home for it at Bookouture. Danielle has such an amazing writing style and comic timing. Readers are going to love Arabella’s journey of self-discovery (and the world of soup, which is such a hilarious and unique framing for this whole story). For our first women’s fiction signing and book deal in this genre to be set in Liverpool (and the first rom-com we know of based in the Toxteth part of the city), is just incredible and we’re so proud of Danielle.”

Danielle said: “Signing with Bookouture has been my real-life ‘pinch me, am I dreaming?’ moment! I’m thrilled to launch my debut novel with such a brilliant editor and dynamic publisher. It truly is a dream come true. The Bookouture team’s expertise and insight have already blown me away, and I’m absolutely delighted to be working with Emily, who shares my passion for uplifting romcoms and fabulous Northern settings. This is only the first chapter, and I’m already so excited for the journey!”


My lovely and super supportive husband, Tom, surprised me with a bottle of Dom Perignon when I signed my book contract. I always said that if I ever signed a book deal then I’d want to celebrate the same way Paul Sheldon in Stephen King’s Misery celebrates finishing his manuscripts – with a bottle of Dom and a cigar (minus being kidnapped by Kathy Bates, and also minus the cigar as I don’t smoke!) so he surprised me with a bottle of Dom and roses instead!