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Ever the optimist, Debbie Young is the author of a wide range of fiction and non-fiction, all of which is showcased on her author website at www.authordebbieyoung.com, also home to her lively Young By Name blog.
She is especially keen on short-form writing, such as short stories, flash fiction and blogging, much of it characterised by her distinctly English sense of humour. She is now writing her first novel.
As Commissioning Editor of the Alliance of Independent Authors' (ALLi's) blog of self-publishing advice at www.selfpublishingadvice.org and co-author of its books of advice, she is an expert in self-publishing and a seasoned campaigner for the cause of independent publishing.
Her consultancy Off The Shelf Book Promotions helps other authors promote their work, supported by her acclaimed book promotion handbook for authors, "Sell Your Books!" and the associated blog of book promotion tips at www.otsbp.com.
An avid reader, she is book reviewer for Vine Leaves Literary Journal, the Historical Novel Society, Awesome Indies and Today's Child magazine and is currently a top 1,300 Amazon UK reviewer.
As a journalist, she writes a long-running regular column for the Tetbury Advertiser and occasional articles for Writers & Artists and other publications.
Debbie is available for public speaking about the subject at literary festivals and other events. Recent speaking dates have included the Cambridge Literature Festival, the Romantic Novelists Association Conference, SilverWood Books Open Days, and the Homeric Writers' Retreat and Workshop. She also enjoys appearing on her local radio station, BBC Radio Gloucestershire.
Born and raised in Sidcup, Kent, Debbie spent part of her childhood in California and Frankfurt. After reading English at the University of York, she hopscotched between journalism, PR, marketing and the charity sector. She has a special interest in Type 1 Diabetes, which affects both her husband and her daughter.
Debbie now works full time from her cottage in rural Gloucestershire, when not travelling to seek new adventures and inspiration in the family camper van.