Debbie Young

Debbie Young writes warm, witty and whimsical books about life in England. She has recently penned a cosy mystery series based around life in a fictional village. Debbie has a key role in the Alliance of Independent Authors as well as hosting an annual Literature Festival in her own village. Debbie’s activities are too numerous to mention here so please take a look at her website.

Best Murder in Show is the first book in a series that follows the exploits of a young English woman who inherits a country cottage and starts a new life in a little village in the Cotswolds. 

When Sophie Sayers inherits a cottage in a sleepy Cotswold village, she’s hoping for a quieter life than the one she’s running away from. What she gets instead is a dead body on a carnival float and an extraordinary assortment of suspects.

Debbie will be speaking and chairing two of the talks at the festival this year. The first talk will be entitled:

‘Riveting Fiction’

AA Abbott

AA Abbott is a pen name for Helen who writes fast-paced suspense thrillers set in London and Birmingham. She also writes dyslexia friendly books. Helen likes speaking to book groups, business networks and social circles, and reading her thrillers and short stories at live fiction events. Helen is a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors, Bristol Fiction Writers’ Group, and Birmingham’s New Street Authors.

One of the books by AA Abbott

The Bride’s Trail is the first book in the Trail series trilogy. The Trail series features a vodka business, a cancer cure and obsessive killers. Every book is a good read in its own right – each is a great crime story with terrific twists to keep the tension mounting – but together, they follow the same characters over several years.

Winner of a Chill with a Book Readers’ Award, The Bride’s Trail is Book 1 in the Trail series of crime thrillers.

AA Abbott will be a speaker on the panel for the talk

‘Riveting Fiction’

Kate Frost

Kate Frost lives in Bristol with her husband and their energetic four year-old and chilled out Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. When she’s not yelling ‘slow down’ to her son or being used as a climbing frame, Kate writes contemporary women’s fiction that focuses on families, relationships and motherhood, along with an exciting time travel adventure series for 9-12 year-olds called Time Shifters. Kate has a MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University where she’s also taught Lifewriting to Creative Writing undergraduates. She’s a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors and has taken part in literature festivals in Hawkesbury Upton and Bristol.

One of the books by Kate Frost

Beneath the Apple Blossom is book one in Kate’s The Hopeful Years series.

All Pippa’s ever wanted is marriage and kids, but at thirty-four and about to embark on IVF, her dream of having a family is far from certain. Her younger sister Georgie has the opposite problem, juggling her career, her lover, a young daughter and a husband who wants baby number two. Pippa’s best friend Sienna has a successful career in the film world, and despite her boyfriend pressurising her to settle down, a baby is the last thing she wants. Happily married Connie shares the trauma of fertility treatment with Pippa, but underestimates the impact being unable to conceive will have on her and her marriage. 

As their lives collide in a way they could never have predicted, will any of them get to see their hopes realised?

Kate Frost will be a speaker on the panel for the talk

‘Riveting Fiction’

Darren Young

Darren Young was born in the West Midlands and now lives in Nottingham with his wife and their two children. His background is in customer service, working in financial services and then as a consultant in the UK and Europe. He has a master’s degree in business administration and now works within sport, helping leagues, associations and clubs to assess, measure, develop and improve the experience their supporters recieve.

He has always enjoyed writing – he used to chronicle his family holidays as a child– and in his spare time, along with the occasional game of tennis, he wanted to try his hand at writing a real book but didn’t think there was enough room in his busy life to fit it in.

Luckily, he found a sympathetic coffee shop and plenty of encouragement from those around him and he began working on Child Taken at the end of 2014 after hearing a radio news bulletin whilst in the car. Child Taken is the result of this car journey.

Darren’s first Thriller

Child Taken

One hot summer’s day, two-year-old Jessica Preston disappears from the beach. The police are convinced she drowned, but Sandra Preston won’t give up hope that her daughter is still alive. How can she?

Twenty years later, another child goes missing, and Sandra is approached by a young journalist who raises questions about what really happened to Jessica Preston all those years ago. But when the journalist discovers someone with an explosive secret, it threatens not only to reveal what’s been covered up for so long, but puts both their lives in danger.

Darren Young will be a speaker on the panel for the talk

‘Riveting Fiction’