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Sarah Ferguson is enjoying her latest role as an author.
On Thursday, it was announced that the Duchess of York has signed a 22-book deal with Australian publisher Serenity Press which will include three new young adult novels. The 62-year-old said she would look back on her painful teenage years for her writing process.
“Young adult is perhaps the fastest growing category of new fiction today,” the grandmother said in a statement. “There’s just something about adolescence – with all of its incredible triumphs and heartbreaking failures – that makes it the perfect backdrop for powerful storytelling.
“I wanted to share my story of growing up with anxiety and an eating disorder, while witnessing first-hand the effects of generational trauma. For me, it’s still present, and everything has started at the loss of my mother.”
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The Duchess’ mother, Susan Barrantes, died in 1998 aged 61.
Ferguson’s first young adult book, “Demon’s Land,” will be released in late June.
“With my charity work, I am in constant contact with young people, and I have so much empathy for everything they have been through in the past two years,” she shared. “They are a capable and compassionate generation, and their help as consultants on this book to ensure we capture the essence of what it is to be a teenager today has been instrumental in writing the book.”
Ferguson is mum to two daughters: Princess Beatrice, 33, and Princess Eugenie, 32.
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In January last year, it was announced that Ferguson had landed a book deal for his first adult novel, a historical romance romanticizing the life and loves of his great-great-great-aunt. The book, “Her Heart for a Compass”, is about “daring to follow your heart through thick and thin”.
Publisher Mills & Boon, a romantic imprint of British publisher Harlequin UK, said the story is based on Ferguson’s ancestor, Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott, who fled an arranged marriage and “the confines of polite society”. The book, which was written with author Marguerite Kaye, was released in August.
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The Duchess said she also drew on “many parallels in my life” for the love story.
Ferguson was married to Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth’s third child, but the couple divorced in the 1990s. She has previously published her memoirs and written several children’s books.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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