Kathleen Whyman

Kathleen Whyman

‘Jill Dawson is a phenomenal mentor and was supportive, encouraging and motivating both during my mentoring and afterwards. Jill was able to pinpoint the exact elements of my writing that needed improving and gave me fantastic advice on how to achieve this, without ever making me feel as though I’d done it wrong.

Jill is an incredibly talented author and her way of mentoring is truly inspirational. After every session I was on a high and couldn’t wait to get back to my desk to continue writing. In fact, I didn’t wait – I’d head into the nearest café or write on the train home!

Jill worked with me on my debut novel, Wife Support System, which has now been published with Hera Books. I don’t think it would ever have been published without Jill’s mentoring. The constant flashbacks would have put everyone off for one thing! I wrote my next novel, Second Wife Syndrome, alone (although I wish I could have done it with Jill) and it was much easier to write than the first, which I credit to the knowledge Jill gave me during my mentoring.

I can’t thank Jill enough and urge anyone in two minds about using Gold Dust to do it. You won’t regret it.’

Wife Support System is the story of three mums fed up with juggling the treadmill of childcare, household chores and their careers and come up with an ingenious solution – but will it be the answer they’ve all been looking for? Published by Hera Books, who acquired the World English rights directly from Kathleen, it has been nominated for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Joan Hessayon Award.

Keshini Naidoo, publishing director at Hera Books said of the deal: ‘Wife Support System landed on my desk at exactly the right time. Just as I was feeling guilt about feeding my kids pasta pesto and fish fingers again, despairing of the ever-growing unanswered emails from school, wondering how I’d fit this in along with the stack of edits in my in-box, Kathleen’s book was the perfect tonic and resonated with me so much – and I know it will for so many readers out there, particularly after six weeks of juggling homeschool and work during lockown! Polly, Erica and Louise are relatable, funny and stressed mums just trying to do the right thing by their kids and careers, and the solution they come up with to manage their lives makes for a brilliantly funny, engaging novel. I’m so excited to publish Wife Support System in Summer 2020.’

Wife Support System is available as an ebook on Amazon, Kobo and Apple for a special introductory price of just 99p.

Kathleen’s second novel, Second Wife Syndrome, has been shortlisted for the Comedy Women In Print (CWIP) prize in the unpublished comic novel category. CWIP was set up in 2018 by comedian Helen Lederer to celebrate and support female comedy writers. The awards ceremony will take place in September. First prize in the unpublished category is a publishing contract with HarperCollins.