Mel Taylor-Bessent

Authorfy Director, Mel Taylor-Bessent, talks about how to make writing fun, how to inject humour into your stories, and how to spread cheer all year with the Christmas Carrolls
Spread Cheer All Year with Mel Taylor-Bessent

About The Author:

Founder of Authorfy and Little Star Writing, Mel Taylor-Bessent has made her career connecting readers to their favourite authors and encouraging children to write for pleasure. After gaining a Creative Writing degree, Mel launched her first business at the age of 22 and ran creative writing workshops for thousands of children aged 6-12. As a result, she also arranged hundreds of author events and witnessed first-hand the positive impact these interactions had on her students. In 2017, she decided to replicate this via online ‘Author Masterclasses’ on a website she created called Authorfy.com. Since then, Authorfy has gone on to win numerous awards, partner with the likes of World Book Day and BookTrust, and is used in classrooms all over the world. Now Mel is bringing her own writing to readers with The Christmas Carrolls, her debut fiction series.

About The Book:

Wish it could be Christmas every day? Well, for nine-year-old Holly Carroll and her family, it is! Living her merriest life in a house with year-round fairy lights and Christmas trees, a carol-singing toilet and a diva donkey who thinks he’s a reindeer, home-schooled Holly tries to spread cheer wherever she goes. But when she goes to a new school with a singing Santa backpack and first day Christmas cards (during a heatwave in September!), she realises not everyone shares her enthusiasm for spreading cheer. In fact, when the neighbours try to remove the Carrolls from the street and Holly discovers a group of children that may not get a Christmas at all, her snowglobe world begins to crack. Is the world’s most Christmassy girl about to lose her Christmas spirit?

Praise for ‘The Christmas Carrolls’:

‘A Christmas book about kindness and cheer to make even Scrooge’s heart melt’ – Dame Jacqueline Wilson
‘As warm and cosy as drinking hot chocolate in your favourite Christmas jumper. A festive feast of fun.’ Maz Evans, bestselling author of ‘Who Let the Gods Out?’
‘Fizzing with energy and festive cheer, The Christmas Carrolls is a heart-warming must-read for the Christmas period. Mel’s writing sparkles like the star on top of a Christmas Tree.’ Jennifer Bell, author of ;The Uncommoners; trilogy
‘The Christmas Carrolls is just fabulous! I laughed solidly throughout the whole thing. It’s gloriously festive, brilliantly funny and utterly endearing.’ – Abi Elphinstone, author of ‘Sky Song’ and ‘The Unmapped Chronicles’

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