From France to Yorkshire

Award winning French author gets help across the miles from Yorkshire

An award-winning, best-selling French author has asked Barnsley-based virtual assistant to be the researcher for her new novel.

Caroline Vermalle who is writing her fifth novel, which is due to be published next winter, turned to Heather Siverns for help in researching background material to build up the facts behind the plot of the novel.

Caroline is based in a tiny seaside village in Western France and put out a request on Facebook for an English speaking Virtual Assistant.  As they had worked together several years before at the BBC, Heather replied to the request.

Caroline said of her choice “As far as I’m concerned, your experience (and the fact that you are, well, you!) is amazingly valuable”

Heather, whose company is Barnsley based Starsiren Office Services, said: “I’m very excited to be involved as the researcher especially as Caroline is based in France.”

“It shows how a virtual assistant company can work successfully over the Internet.  It’s also a wonderful opportunity to be able to talk to Barnsley groups and miners to get an insight into what it’s like to be trapped in a confined space, which is one of the subjects tackled in the book.”

Heather said of this project: “I can pursue topics relevant to the plot and background to the various locations; leaving Caroline to cherry pick through the information and letting me know what to investigate more thoroughly.  Working closely together allows me to be passionate about the project, which is something that I aim to achieve with each client.”

The novel is an archaeological thriller for international publishing house Hachette and will feature in the same best-selling collection as the Twilight Series and Vampire Diaries. The novel is due for European release in winter 2013-2014.

Caroline Vermalle has published two award-winning novels since leaving the BBC, with two more to be released in the next year.  She has also found time to get married, move back to France and gave birth to a lovely son.  This thriller is a departure from her usual women’s fiction books and will let her embrace both her expertise in archaeology and her darker side.

Virtual Assistants provide secretarial and admin support for small to medium businesses remotely.

Starsiren Office Services, BBIC Innovation Way, Wilthorpe, Barnsley S75 1JL Tel: 01226 249590 (Main reception) Mob: 07973423134 – contact: Heather Siverns. Starsiren Office Services is a Virtual Assistant company set up with the aid of Genesis and Enterprising Barnsley.

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