Winner in the ROMANCE category of The 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Ever since she can remember, Hazel Elizabeth Allen wanted to write.
“I remember at school I decided to rewrite Snow White and I was always telling stories to myself on the way to school and back.”
But, as so often happens, life got in the way and it wasn’t until recent years that Hazel finally set about writing her debut novel Summerchester Secrets – a romance set in a seaside market town which was published in 2016.
She was delighted when it received international recognition, winning Best Romance Novel at a prestigious book awards. The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is one of the biggest international book awards for independent writers. “I was so pleased – these book awards are judged by New York literary agents, one who has worked with Stephen King, and other within the publishing world and it was really the first professional evaluation I’d had, so it was very nice.”
Hazel is now working on editing her third book, which is based in Florida – in between her full-time job as a Consultant Nurse in liver disease in Dorset, on the south coast of England. She finds time to dedicate to her books in the evenings and at weekends, but says a lot of her writing is done on holiday in Florida, so it seemed natural to base her next book there.
“I’ve got so many story ideas, I just need the time to write them. I often start with one idea and then it just grows from there. I pretty much know the beginning, the middle and the end, but when I’m writing each chapter it takes me off in different directions.”
“The thing that amazes me is how focused I can be when writing,” she says. “I could just write morning, noon and night. I find it so relaxing – I get lost in the characters and the world I’m creating.”
Hazel says she has had nothing but positive feedback from those who have read her books.
Since her award winning first novel she has published her second novel based in Bath and London called Letting Go, and two other stories based back in Summerchester.
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Coming Soon Hazel's new novel
When you're life changes overnight, what do you do?
Well if you are Sam Benson you jump on a plane and fly first class to Florida with just your passport and the clothes you're wearing.
Will Sam find the answers he's looking for in the idyllic oceanside resort of Welcome Falls?