The Call: Vivian Conroy

August 2016

Read Vivian Conroy's exciting Call Story here

One of my favourite things to do is hang out on Twitter where my feed is always full of books, wildlife and chocolate.

One evening I saw a submissions call from Carina UK: send one chapter and a synopsis of a story starting with a proposal. “The rest is up to you.”

I read my first Agatha Christie at thirteen and have been hooked on mysteries ever since. So I decided to submit the opening chapter of A PROPOSAL TO DIE FOR, the first book in my Lady Alkmene Callender Mystery series, about a feisty lady and an enigmatic reporter investigating suspicious deaths in 1920s’ London and the English countryside.

A few days after submitting, I had an email from Victoria Oundjian saying that she had read my chapter and would love to chat about it. It was amazing to talk to someone who was as enthusiastic about the potential of my characters and the series as I am myself. After this lovely chat I sent Victoria some more chapters and the storylines for books 2 and 3 where there would be missing diamonds and legendary treasure to pursue.

Then Victoria’s next call brought those words every writer wants to hear: “I’d love to offer you a 3-book deal for this series.”

Between submitting my first chapter and receiving this offer had been just three weeks!

And after that the excitement didn’t stop. The moment I saw my covers was amazing: the world that had once only existed in my mind was now brought to life in vivid colors, inviting readers from all over the globe into Lady Alkmene’s world of snooping servants, notorious diamonds and plot twists that will hopefully bring as much sleuthing fun to my readers as the mysteries I read once brought to me.

All of this began with seeing one little Tweet … So keep in mind that in writing you never know what opportunities might come your way if you keep your eyes open.

For all things #LadyAlkmene, with a dash of dogs and chocolate, give me a follow on Twitter via @VivWrites.

The Lady Alkmene Callender Mystery series:

Book 1: A PROPOSAL TO DIE FOR is available for preorder:
Book 2: DIAMONDS OF DEATH is available for preorder:
Book 3: DEADLY TREASURES is available for preorder:

The twenties have never been so dangerous …