Breakfast with Nancy Revell: From journalist to novelist


As part of The Word’s Write Festival, author of ‘The Shipyard Girls’ saga series, Nancy Revell talks about what she calls her ‘Olympian leap’ from journalist to novelist.

After nearly two decades of writing hard-hitting news stories and in-depth features for the national press, Nancy found herself making the ‘exciting but equally terrifying’ transition to first time novelist.

‘One minute I was knocking on strangers’ doors, chasing exclusive stories, turning copy around in break neck speed, and trying my hardest not to go over the usual 1,200 word count – to suddenly being ‘acquired’ by a major publishing house to write 100,000 words of pure fiction – in less than six months!’ 

About Nancy Revell

Nancy Revell is author of ‘The Shipyard Girls’, ‘Shipyard Girls at War’ and ‘Secrets of the Shipyard Girls’ – a new, on-going saga series about an eclectic group of women who go to work in the Sunderland shipyards during the Second World War.

After being acquired by Arrow to write the books, Nancy immediately upped sticks and moved back to her hometown of Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, taking her husband Paul and their English Bull Mastiff Rosie with her. They now live just a short walk away from the beautiful award-winning beaches of Roker and Seaburn, within a mile of where ‘The Shipyard Girls’ is set.

During her twenty year career as a freelance journalist, Nancy has exposed dozens of dangerous sex offenders and paedophiles, written about countless NHS blunders, and unearthed scandals within both the prison and police service.

She also led a three-month investigation into the unsolved murder of schoolgirl Lesley Molseed, which subsequently resulted in West Yorkshire Police reopening the case with 148 new lines of enquiry.

Over the years Nancy has frequently beaten the media ‘rat pack’ to secure exclusive chats with individuals who have found themselves in the national spotlight, for instance, a one-to-one with Myra Hindley’s personal counsellor, and the mum of double axe-murderer Michael Kelly.

She has covered many high-profile breaking news stories, most notably the apparent suicide of Iraq Weapons Inspector Dr David Kelly.

Nancy has also written for just about every woman’s magazine in the country, focusing on ordinary people’s amazing and inspirational true life stories.

She had her own weekly column in ‘that’s life!’, where she wrote about her first cycle of IVF treatment, as well as her husband’s battle with head and neck cancer. Extracts subsequently appeared in ‘The Sun’, along with an update on her second cycle of IVF. She published ‘The IVF Diaries’ (Cycle One), as an e-Book on Amazon.

Nancy Revell is a pen name. All her journalistic work and ‘The IVF Diaries’ have been published under the name Amanda Revell Walton.

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