Debbie Kahl – YA & Children's Fiction Writer


I’ve dreamt of writing YA and children’s fiction since I was a teenager and Sweet Dreams, Kelly Blake and Dolly Fiction cluttered my bookshelf. As a child, I loved losing myself in fairytales by Hans Christan Andersen and creating my own stories. Luckily for me I’ve never really grown up (despite my birth certificate suggesting otherwise) and I still love teen fiction.

I aim to write contemporary fiction that is relevant and inspirational to teenage and pre-teen girls of today.

Bitter Besties is my first middle grade fiction manuscript and it is currently undergoing a complete rewrite. This manuscript won the Unpublished Chapter Book category at the 2012 CYA Conference competition.

I’m also completing work on my second manuscript – Gaijin Girl – a YA novel about an Australian exchange student’s adventures whilst living in Japan.

In addition to this, I’m also plotting a sequel to BB and working on a women’s contemporary fiction novel, as well as completing my Master of Education in TESOL.

As part of the CYA Conference team, you can find me every July managing the volunteers at the annual Children and Young Adult (CYA) Writer’s Conference in Brisbane. For more information about this amazing conference please visit:

I have completed a Diploma in Professional Book Editing, Publishing and Proofreading, and sometimes freelance as a manuscript assessor and proofreader for young adult and children’s fiction.

Occasionally, I also review young adult books at

All of this madness is balanced with full-time work, travelling the world, and spending time with family and friends.

Thanks for stopping by. x

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