Former England women’s captain Casey Stoney is to try her hand at children’s fiction writing after signing a three-book deal with publisher Studio Press, an imprint of King’s Road Publishing.
Stoney, recently appointed Manchester United women’s head coach, will release her first title in May 2019 - an inspirational football tale for eight to 12-year-olds, loosely based on the star’s own career, according to publishers. The release of the first book will tie in with the FIFA Women’s World Cup, running from 7th June to 7th July 2019.
The former defender, one of the most decorated players of her generation, earned 130 caps for the England women’s national team and won 12 major trophies during her club career. She became England captain in 2012, also skippering Team GB at London 2012.
Following her retirement, Stoney was appointed head coach of the newly-formed Manchester United Women’s side in June 2018. She has also appeared in The Independent’s Rainbow List of most influential LGBTQ+ people in the UK.
Commenting on the book deal, Stoney said: "I am absolutely thrilled to be working with Kings Road Publishing and cannot wait to start on the books.
“Football has given me a long career and I am looking forward to drawing on that for inspiration when it comes to writing. Having three children of my own makes this project particularly special.
“I know that kids have incredible imaginations, so I want to make sure that the books are fun and hugely enjoyable.”
Natalie Jerome, acquisitions director and publisher at Bonnier Publishing - who acquired the rights from Tom Caplan at 10Ten Talent - added: “I’m so excited to be working with Casey! She’s a huge sporting star and she has played a big role in making women’s football more popular than ever in the UK. I think kids are going to love these books and I hope they will be inspired by this incredible author!”