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Local author recognised

Local author, Claire Moore, has been shortlisted for this year’s UK Kindle Storyteller Award.ClaireMoore

With her book, The Army of Wolves, Claire is now in the running for the literary award that celebrates independent publishing and grants the winner a £20,000 cash prize.  

Claire Moore is from Epsom. Claire is a full-time fundraiser with a Duke of Edinburgh Award and considers herself a writer in her spare time . Her shortlisted book, The Army of Wolves, was entirely written at a Costa coffee shop in nearby Sutton. Her writing reflects her 20+ years of fundraising for young people with stories and challenges often reappearing as themes in her work. Claire describes her debut novel as “Game of Thrones meets Percy Jackson”.

On being one of five authors shortlisted for the award, Claire said: “I am delighted that my first book, The Army of Wolves, has been shortlisted for the Kindle Storyteller Award. As a busy working mother, fitting in time to write has been hard. I’ve squeezed it into every spare moment – mostly in coffee shops, on trains and in airport terminals. My love for this wonderful craft and my belief in the quality my work gave me the confidence to go it alone and despite being told that self-publishing is only for romance and crime writing – here I am!

Kindle Direct Publishing success stories include LJ Ross, who has had seven Kindle number one bestsellers and five books go to number one on pre-orders alone. Since publishing her debut novel, Holy Island, in 2015 she has sold over three quarters of a million eBooks and was featured by The Times as one of the "best-selling authors you've never heard of".

An esteemed panel of judges, made up of both Amazon experts and literary authorities, including journalist and presenter Mariella Frostrup, will select the Kindle Storyteller Award 2019 winner, to be announced at a ceremony in central London on October 14th.

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