Dorothy Koomson (born 1971 in London) is a contemporary English novelist, who is of Ghanaian descent. She has been described as "Britain's biggest selling black author of adult fiction".
Koomson has two degrees in Psychology and Journalism when she graduated from Leeds University (Trinity and All Saints College). She has written for a number of women's magazines and newspapers, as well as having had seven successful novels published in the UK and US. Koomson spent two years living in Sydney and is currently living in Brighton.
Koomson wrote her first novel, the unpublished "There's A Thin Line Between Love And Hate", when she was 13. In 2003 her debut novel, The Cupid Effect, was published. Her second novel, The Chocolate Run, was published in 2004. In 2006, she published her third novel, My Best Friend's Girl. The book was chosen for the Richard and Judy's Summer Reads shortlist and it received a huge sales boost. citation needed Koomson's fourth and fifth novels, Marshmallows For Breakfast and Goodnight, Beautiful, were published in 2007 and 2008 respectively. Koomson's sixth novel, The Ice Cream Girls, was published in 2010. Koomson's seventh novel, The Woman He Loved Before, was released on 3 February 2011. Her eighth book, The Rose Petal Beach, came out in August 2012 and was released in paperback form in April 2013. Her ninth book, The Flavours of Love, was published in November 2013, after which she took a longer break before writing her tenth book, That Girl From Nowhere, which was published in April 2015.
During the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests calling for racial justice, Koomson criticised the UK publishing industry as being a “hostile environment for black authors”, stating how those in the industry have gaslighted Black authors and demean, demoralise, and discard them in reality, while portraying an image of support to the public. Later that year, Koomson was recognised as one of the United Kingdom's 100 most influential people of African or African Caribbean heritage when she was included in the 2021 edition of the annual Powerlist.
She has been described as "Britain's biggest selling black author of adult fiction" and has been making up stories since she was 13 when she used to share her stories with her convent school friends. Her published titles include:
●Tell Me Your Secret,
●The Brighton Mermaid,
●When I Was Invisible,
●That Girl From Nowhere, ●The Flavours of Love,
●The Woman He Loved Before,
●The Chocolate Run.
Dorothy's first novel, The Cupid Effect, was published in 2003. Her third book, My Best Friend's Girl, was selected for the Richard & Judy Summer Reads of 2006 and went on to sell over 500,000 copies. While her fourth novel, Marshmallows For Breakfast, has sold in excess of 250,000 copies. Dorothy's books, The Ice Cream Girls and The Rose Petal Beach were both shortlisted for the popular fiction category of the British Book Awards in 2010 and 2013, respectively. Dorothy's novels have been translated into over 30 languages, and a TV adaptation loosely based on The Ice Cream Girls was shown on ITV1 in 2013. In 2019 Dorothy was awarded the Image Award by The Black British Business Awards.
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