Sarah Ferguson is enjoying her latest role as an author.
On Thursday, it was announced that the Duchess of York has signed a 22-book deal with Australian publisher Serenity Press that will include three new young adult novels. The 62-year-old said she will remember her painful teenage years for her writing process.
“Young adult is perhaps the fastest growing category of new fiction today,” Grandma said in a statement. “There’s something about adolescence, with all its incredible triumphs and heartbreaking failures, that makes it the perfect backdrop for powerful storytelling.
“I wanted to share my story of growing up with anxiety and an eating disorder, as well as witness firsthand the effects of generational trauma. For me, it’s always there and it all started with the loss of my mother.”
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The Duchess’s mother, Susan Barrantes, died in 1998 at the age of 61.
Ferguson’s first young adult book, “Demon’s Land,” will be published in late June.
“With my charity work, I am in constant contact with young people and feel a lot of empathy for everything they have been through in the last two years,” he shared. “They are a capable and compassionate generation, and their help as consultants on this book in making sure we captured the essence of what it’s like to be a teenager today was instrumental in writing the book.”
Ferguson is the mother of two daughters: Princess Beatrice, 33, and Princess Eugenie, 32.
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In January of last year, it was announced that Ferguson had landed a book deal for her first adult novel, a historical romance chronicling the life and loves of her great-great-grandmother. The book, “Her Heart for a Compass,” is “about daring to follow your heart against all odds.”
Mills & Boon, a romance publisher of British publisher Harlequin UK, said the story is based on Ferguson’s ancestor, Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott, who fled an arranged marriage and “the confines of polite society”. The book, which was written with author Marguerite Kaye, was published in August.
The duchess said she also drew on “a lot of parallels from my life” for the love story.
Ferguson was married to Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth’s third son, but the couple divorced in the 1990s. She has previously published her memoirs and is the author of several children’s books.