Chloe Banks was born and brought up in Berkshire, the youngest of a family of bookworms. She wrote her first novel (complete with illustrations) in the back of a notebook at the age of seven, as a birthday present for her sister. She did not, however, capitalise on the successful reception of this work for many years, choosing instead to study science and spend her youth running round tracks and muddy fields.
While studying Biological Anthropology at the University of the West of England in Bristol, a friend dared her to enter a novel-writing competition for undergraduates. Forced to take time off from running with an injury, she took up the challenge. The novella she produced was shortlisted and the writing bug had bitten.
For two years after graduating she placated the nagging urge to write by dabbling in short stories, winning a handful of competitions along the way. But it wasn’t until a visiting pastor at her church told her she should take writing seriously – having never met her – that she decided to see what she could do.
In 2010 she moved with her husband and a sense of excitement to a tiny town on the edge of Dartmoor and her first novel for adults, The Art of Letting Go, was born.
I was looking for an agent who would be willing to invest time and patience into a new, young writer. A friend of mine both recommended the agency to me and recommended my just-completed novel to the agency. Three days later I had an offer of representation which, having heard wonderful things about both David Haviland and Andrew Lownie, I was delighted to accept.