Having given so many talks and readings at events over the last few years, I thought it was about time I put together a formal page on my website, for anyone who is considering inviting me to speak.
John Holland, organiser of the Stroud Short Stories event and multiple award-winning author of short stories and flash fiction:
I have worked closely with Debbie Young, and have observed her as a short story writer and performer, an events organiser, a chairperson of a writers’ group, a short story competition judge and a speaker on self-publishing. Debbie’s intellect and knowledge of her subject, combined with her organisational skill, tact and personal warmth, make her a joy to work with. In areas not generally noted for discipline and organisational skills, Debbie is the ultimate professional.
Sue Ablett, Chair Evesham Festival of Words;
We’re always delighted to sign Debbie up for Evesham Festival of Words, whether running a workshop, chairing a crime panel, or simply reading from one of her great books. Feedback from her workshops is always really positive – with attendees referring to her knowledge, ability to communicate, sowing of ideas, and willingness to follow up on a personal basis. Her enthusiasm, passion, and ability to inspire always guarantees a memorable session.
Pauline Mackay, Ness Book Fest
Debbie Young delighted audiences at NessBookFest 2018 with two events held in Waterstones, Inverness. First of all, as editor of The Author Advice blog for The Alliance of Independent Authors, Debbie was able to give up-to-date, valuable information on different types of
self-publishing models and answer questions on subjects such a crowd-funding options for writers.
This was followed by a light-hearted session which focussed on how, as author of the ‘Sophie Sayers Village Mystery Series’, she found herself in the role of Reluctant Murderer. There were lots of laughs as it became obvious Debbie has drawn inspiration from the small village in which she lives, creating crime novels which are as much romantic comedy as murder mystery.
Michael MacMahon, author, public speaker and voice artist
A fantastic combination of creativity, work ethic and wit. Even if she didn’t write beautifully, she would still have an army of fans in the creative community. Especially for her very successful Hawkesbury Upton Literary Festival.