About Debbie Young


Reading from one of my books at the Stroud Short Stories festival

Hello! My name is Debbie Young and I am a bookaholic…

I’m also an author. I write warm, witty, feelgood fiction, including the new Sophie Sayers Village Mysteries (due for publication 2017) and I have three published collections of short stories: Quick Change, Stocking Fillers and Marry in Haste.

I also write non-fiction, including guidebooks for the Alliance of Independent Authors (I’m Commissioning Editor of their Author Advice Centre blog), and I give talks and readings at literature festivals and writers’ events.

I’m a frequent radio guest, part of BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s monthly Book Club presented by Dominic Cotter, and I’ve been on BBC Radio Bristol, 10Radio, SilverSound and This is Oxfordshire! TV.

I’m also founder and director of the innovative free Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival, sharing a love of books and reading with my local community in rural Gloucestershire.

I live in a small English village on the edge of the Cotswolds, conveniently located within easy reach of three independent bookshops in Gloucestershire, England – two branches of the fab Yellow-Lighted Bookshop (in Nailsworth and Tetbury) and the Cotswold Bookroom (Wotton-under-Edge).

I run authors’ groups at Foyles’ ever-welcoming Bristol branch and at the Suffolk Anthology in Cheltenham, run by a former GP who now prescribes books as the best medicine.

My other interests include travel in the family camper van with my Scottish husband and our daughter Laura. My luggage consists primarily of books to read and blank notebooks in which to write my own work-in-progress.

When I’m not doing any of these things, you’re most likely to find me curled up in my study with a good book.

Life is good.