Dorothy Koomson

We at “Books for your soul” are not racist, and try to promovate a good author regardles of his ethnicity, religion, sexual preferences etc. So let’s talk today about a black author: Dorothy Koomson.

She’s an author and a journalist,  and lots of other things that are probably too many to mention.

She wrote her first novel called “There’s A Thin Line Between Love And Hate” when she was 13. She used to write a chapter every night then pass it around to her fellow convent school pupils every morning, and they seemed to love it.

She grew up in London and then moved to Leeds when she went to university. She eventually returned to London to study for her masters degree and stayed in the shadows for the following years. She took up various temping jobs and eventually got her big job in writing, editing and subbing for various women’s magazines and national papers.

Fiction and storytelling were still a HUGE passion of her and she continued to write short stories and novels every spare moment that she got. In 2001 she had the idea for The Cupid Effect, she signed up with her first publisher a year later and, in 2003, her career as a published novelist began. And it’s been fantastic. In 2006, her third novel called My Best Friend’s Girl was published. It was incredibly successful – selling nearly 90,000 copies within its first few weeks on sale. Six weeks later, it was selected for the Richard & Judy Summer Reads Book Club and the book went on to sell over 500,000 copies.

Nearly ten years ago she spent two years living in Sydney, Australia (and seems that the English/Australian authors tradition continues, but I will try to break it in the next articles), and returned to England to eventually move to the south coast. She love living by the sea. There’s nothing like a good walk along the seafront to clear your head. Those who’ve read her latest books will know that a lot of them have been set in Brighton and its surrounding area, often with a good dose of Leeds and South London thrown in.

Hope you will enjoy reading her books. I say that she worth it.


© picnicontheshelf, June 8, 2018


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