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 rudely 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 in the rewrite/final edit stage. This manuscript won the Chapter Book category at the 2012 CYA Conference competition.

I’m also completing work on my second tween manuscript – JBK –  as well as developing two sequels to BB and an unnamed YA novel on an exchange student living in Japan.

In addition to this, I’m polishing a series of children’s picture books on shoes, a hide and seek game and fairy princesses.

I completed my Diploma in Professional Book Editing, Publishing and Proofreading in 2012 and now freelance as a manuscript assessor and proofreader for young adult and children’s fiction at Platinum Manuscripts.

Occasionally I 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. Come back and visit me again soon. x

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