Originally an Essex girl and now settled in Dumfries & Galloway, Denise pursued her dreams of being a writer after a friend recommended she read JK Rowling’s Harvard commencement speech on the ‘Benefits of Failure’. She studied Advanced Creative Writing with the OU, balancing writing with a full-time job and being mum to five beautiful children. In 2014, Devil on Your Back, her gritty YA novella set in inner-city Britain, was published in ebook format by Salt Publishing. She has since had short stories published in Rattle Tales Anthology 4 and various online magazines, and was long-listed for the Mslexia novel competition with the first draft of an unpublished novel.
Denise writes about things that disturb her. She once lived on a dismal estate similar to that featured in I am Winter, and made bearable only by the surreal effect of being surrounded by woods. It was the lack of hope in the faces of the local teenagers that were the inspiration for her novel.
One day she wants to live in either a book shop or Hogwarts, with a Rottweiler and the complete works of Thomas Hardy. Meanwhile, she can be found on Twitter at @DeniseBrownUK