Award-winning author, Debbie Johnson has moved from HarperCollins to Orion Fiction in a ‘major’ four-book deal.

The move signifies a new stage in Debbie’s career, developing from an ebook bestseller to a brand author across both print and digital. With a broader audience in mind, Debbie will be writing bigger novels, and publishing two books a year…

The first will tell the story of Jess, whose childhood sweetheart disappeared from her life shortly after the birth of their first child. But when Jess discovers a box of letters and postcards, she realises that he hasn’t disappeared at all… and sets out on a journey to discover who she really is, and where the love of her life has gone.

Debbie Johnson said of the deal: “I am extremely proud of all that I have achieved with HarperCollins, but am now looking forward to starting this very exciting next stage of my writing journey. Clare Hey and the team at Orion have impressed me so much with their vision for the future, and I can’t wait to get started – I suppose now I really should crack on with writing the actual books!”

An equally thrilled Clare Hey, Publishing director at Orion Fiction, said: “I have always loved Debbie’s writing – she has that magic ability to make me truly laugh and truly cry, both at the turn of the pen. So I am delighted to welcome her to the Orion list, where the team here is excited to work with her brand of heartbreak and humour to reach an even wider readership.”

Debbie will conclude the bestselling Comfort Food Café series, with A Gift at the Comfort Food Café and A Wedding at the Comfort Food Café, before moving to Orion with a new paperback in 2020. The series has done incredibly well, with e-book sales in excess of 700,000 and having sold over 60,000 paperback copies to date.

The news was announced in a BookBrunch article today.