Northern Writers’ Award winner Deborah Finn is hoping the prize will open the door to getting her first book published.
The Lancaster mum-of-one, who has worked as a psychologist since 1992, received this year’s Andrea Badenoch memorial prize for women writers at the 2014 awards ceremony.
The Northern Writers’ Awards reward those whose work shows exceptional promise and support the development of their writing careers.
Included in Deborah’s award is a foot in the door with a literary agent.
Deborah said: “Part of my prize is an introduction to Andrea Badenoch’s agent for her to consider my work, so hopefully she will like it and will get me a great deal.”
Deborah is currently concentrating on finishing the draft of her psychological suspense book to take to the agent.
It’s set in the north west of England and involves political corruption, rape, adoption and infidelity.
Deborah added: “To get an agent and a publishing contract – that’s my big dream.”