Hello! I’m Harriet Mills, an aspiring writer from Suffolk, UK. My primary writing focus at the moment are my two novels. They are part of a sequel but can also both stand alone. The second novel doesn’t follow on from where the first left off and the issues covered are very different. In both cases, however, the novels are ultimately about the human condition giving them both a wide readership as many people can relate.
My debut novel, Dear Brannagh (30th November 2020), is set in Dublin where my protagonist was brought up. She returns after thirty years away having been asked for help from her half-sister, Brannagh. The girls have never met but they have kept in touch through letters for their entire lives so Brannagh reaching to Mary for help rings alarm bells. Every step from then on causes trouble and the end result is one that shocks all.
Don’t Tell Jack
My second novel focuses on very current issues in the media such as the impact of social media on young people, particularly girls, and the huge issue of mental health in today’s society. Don’t Tell Jack was released in October 2021 and is available on Amazon. It is set a year on from Dear Brannagh where Mary’s troubles have left her suffering from severe Bipolar Disorder. She has been sectioned and writes a continuous diary throughout the novel.
Her daughter, Erin, is sixteen and discovers the dangers of social media when a girl in her year at school commits suicide after reading personal nasty comments online. Both perspectives interweave throughout, with the added interpretation of it all from Mary’s son and Erin’s younger brother, Jack. Jack is a selective mute, young and largely an introvert so bringing an interesting point of view.
Other than novels…
Aside from both novels, I wish to expand my writing experience further and have recently written short stories for competition entries and I also continue to produce content for my blog which can be found on the home page of this website. These blog posts come in the form of writing relatable articles portraying my personal experience of life as an aspiring writer, as well as poetry, and extracts from my novels and short stories, showcasing my fictional work.
Throughout my publishing experience with Dear Brannagh, I began a series on my blog which depicted my publishing journey. My intention was to provide others with a personal insight into the publishing world. All posts begin My Publishing Journey…
I write to entertain; I write to progress; I write for therapy; I write to help others; I write to help myself; but my ultimate wish is for everybody reading my writing to enjoy it and take from it what they intended to take.