Caroline Hulse - Editor
Caroline Hulse is a writer of book club fiction with offbeat humour. Her work has been published in fourteen languages and optioned for television.
Caroline is the author of The Adults (2018) and Like A House On Fire (2020), both published to significant critical acclaim and attracting glowing press reviews. Her upcoming novel, All The Fun Of The Fair, will be published by Orion in the UK/Commonwealth in 2021. Her work’s themes are best exemplified by the phrase, ‘the road to (comedy) hell is paved with good intentions.’
Caroline has a degree in English Literature from the University of Sheffield. She worked in Human Resources for seventeen years, writing books in the evenings and weekends, before becoming a professional writer. Caroline lives in Manchester, UK, with her husband and a small controlling dog.
WHY WE LOVE CAROLINE
Caroline has extensive coaching and mentoring experience, and loves to help people find their own solutions to challenges.
WHAT CAROLINE SAYS ABOUT EDITING
Writing a successful book is about craft as well as talent, and I believe authors at all levels benefit from external insight. Many of us, when asking for editorial feedback, want to hear ‘it’s perfect, don’t change a thing!’ – often published authors secretly want to hear this too! – but that isn’t what you’ll get from me. My books get immeasurably better as a result of thoughtful edits, and I want you to feel the same about yours.
Before looking at how your book works on a sentence level, I will firstly consider it as a whole, and focus on making the recommendations that will have the biggest impact. A book’s vision is the author’s, so any changes and decisions will ultimately be yours, but I will provide direction to help you think these through. All the while, I will champion your book’s strengths, and help you feel energised for the work ahead.
I read widely: particularly crime and thrillers, book club and literary fiction, and historical and women’s fiction.
Genres Caroline specialises in
Caroline's published books
Claire and Matt are divorced but decide what’s best for their daughter Scarlett is to have a ‘normal’ family Christmas with them all together.
Claire brings her new boyfriend Patrick, a seemingly eligible Iron-Man-in-Waiting.
Matt brings the new love of his life Alex, funny, smart, and extremely patient.
Scarlett, their daughter, brings her imaginary friend Posey. He’s a rabbit.
Together the five (or six?) of them grit their teeth over Organized Fun activities, drinking a little too much after bed-time, oversharing classified secrets about their pasts and, before they know it, their holiday is a powder keg that ends – where this story starts – with a tearful, frightened, call to the police…
Like A House On Fire
Things Stella and George have had blazing rows about:
– Misquoting Jurassic Park.
– Leaving a Coke can on the side of the bath.
– Fitting car seats for their hypothetical kids.
In other news, they’re getting divorced.
But first, Stella’s mum is throwing a murder mystery party and – with her dad losing his job, her mum’s recent diagnosis, and some very odd behaviour from her sister – now is not the time to tell everyone.
All Stella and George have to do is make it through the day without their break-up being discovered – though it will soon turn out that having secrets runs in the family…