Former Harrogate Ladies’ College pupil gets first novel published

Former Harrogate Ladies’ College pupil gets first novel published

2 February 2022

Former Harrogate Ladies’ College pupil and budding writer has seen her dream come true with the publication of her first novel.

Roxanne Davies, 20, from Embsay near Skipton, has just released ‘The Past Never Dies’, a crime novel with a dark twist.

Roxanne, who is studying Drama & English at Exeter University, said her passion of crime literature was sparked during her time at Harrogate Ladies’ College.

She said inspiration and encouragement from teachers at the school compelled her to write the book.

“It was while I was at school that I started the book and I was really motivated to write it after conversations with people in the English department. I was encouraged to be very creative and the best advice I was given was to have a go,” she said.

Roxanne wrote the first three chapters of the book, which she described as a murder mystery with a dash of romance, and submitted it to three different publishing houses.

“It took quite a long time as I was in the middle of my A levels but I was really pleased to get the response back to say it was going to be published and share the news with my friends and family, “ she said.

Harrogate Ladies’ College Principal Mrs Sylvia Brett said the school was proud and pleased of Roxanne’s achievements.

“We knew Roxanne would make her mark on the world of literature at an early age because her love of books, her knowledge of fiction and her passion for the world around her. We will watch her remarkable progress with delight and pride, “ she said.

Roxanne, who is currently writing her university dissertation, hopes to draw on her experiences as a volunteer for her next work of fiction.

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