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INTERVIEW: Author Dorothy Koomson talks her writing journey from journalist to best-selling author


Dorothy Koomson has 15 published books, one of which (The Ice Cream Girls) was adapted into an ITV drama series. Born to Ghanaian parents she grew up in London as the second-born out of four children and had an international life that still shapes her writing until this day. She went to college in Leeds in the north of England, worked in Australia and now lives in Brighton, UK. On top of all that she’s also been nominated for a Black British Business Award (BBBAward) and challenges what it means to write about the ‘black British experience’.

I was standing in a book shop when…
When I got a call saying I had been shortlisted as a finalist for a BBBAward and I thought, oh wow!

Dorothy is a finalist in the Arts & Media Leader of the Year category at the BBBAwards, which takes place in London tonight.
Credit: steve@stevedunlop.com

I do my job of writing books and…
Being nominated for awards is like the icing on a fantastic cake because I never expect anything.

I started writing books at…
Thirteen and always loved writing stories. When I worked as a journalist, I would write chapters for my books on the train into work and on weekends.

I did have books when I was younger but…
We didn’t have much money and we’re reliant on the library.

I read all sorts of books…
Including Jackie Collins’ books, sci-fi and comics!

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