Cara Thurlbourn

Cara Thurlbourn - Ghostwriter

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Multi-genre ghostwriter and author with 10+ years experience in the publishing industry. If you have a story to share, I can help.

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Overview

Hi, I'm Cara. I'm a ghostwriter with over ten years' experience in the publishing industry.

With a professional background as an editor, and several of my own books under my belt, I have a unique understanding of what it's like on both sides of the publishing fence.
Helping authors take their books from idea all the way to publication is a thrill I'll never get tired of and ghostwriting in particular is a dream-come-true kind of job for me. I have a knack for visualising stories and narratives, and for capturing the voice of the author.

I love working on both fiction and non-fiction, and I'm always happy to discuss your project and provide samples of my ghostwriting (I'm not able to include all projects in my portfolio below for legal reasons).

Genres I have experience in include:

Contemporary Romance
Crime Fiction
Detective Fiction
Educational Books
Fantasy Fiction
Memoir
Psychological Thrillers
Self-help
Young Adult Fiction
Languages
English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Contemporary Romance
Mystery & Crime
Psychological Thriller
Young Adult

Awards

  • Longlisted for the Mslexia Children's Novel Competition 2018

Work experience

Ghostwriter and Book Coach

Self-employed
January, 2017 – Present (over 3 years)

I help authors to independently publish, taking their manuscripts from conception through to the finished product. The examples below include samples of these projects.

Managing Editor

Independence Educational Publishers
January, 2011 – July, 2018 (over 7 years)

As Managing Editor at Independence, I managed the commissioning, design, and production processes for two series of educational resource books. During my time at IEP, I edited over 70 publications (under my maiden name Cara Acred).

Portfolio (11 selected works)

The Boy Who Lived In The Ceiling

Cara Thurlbourn

Longlisted for the Mslexia Children's Novel Competition 2018.A coming-of-age story filled with love, mystery, and sparkle.Freddie’s life isn’t like it used to be – he’s alone, homeless, and carrying a secret that threatens to swallow him up. Every day is a struggle. Until he meets Violet Johnson.Violet’s life is going down-hill. Her parents argue, her little brother’s stopped speaking, and she... read more

Longlisted for the Mslexia Children's Novel Competition 2018.A coming-of-age story filled with love, mystery, and sparkle.Freddie’s life isn’t like it used to be – he’s alone, homeless, and carrying a secret that threatens to swallow him up. Every day is a struggle. Until he meets Violet Johnson.Violet’s life is going down-hill. Her parents argue, her little brother’s stopped speaking, and she... read more

Fire Lines (Daughters of Fire Book 1)

Cara Thurlbourn

When your bloodline awakens, how do you choose between family and freedom?Émi’s father used to weave beautiful tales of the magick and mystery beyond the wall, but she never knew if they were true. Now, her father is gone and Émi has been banished to the Red Quarter, where she toils to support herself and her mother – obeying the rules, hiding secrets and suffering the cruelties of the council... read more

When your bloodline awakens, how do you choose between family and freedom?Émi’s father used to weave beautiful tales of the magick and mystery beyond the wall, but she never knew if they were true. Now, her father is gone and Émi has been banished to the Red Quarter, where she toils to support herself and her mother – obeying the rules, hiding secrets and suffering the cruelties of the council... read more

Gently They Rage

Linda Negus

Ten stories, ten unique experiences, ten very special families...Gently They Rage is a powerful and emotive collection of stories, told by parents who have experienced the myriad complexities of life with a disabled child.In a series of ten moving interviews, Linda Negus explores the practical and emotional challenges these parents have faced, offering a source of inspiration and comfort to an... read more

Ten stories, ten unique experiences, ten very special families...Gently They Rage is a powerful and emotive collection of stories, told by parents who have experienced the myriad complexities of life with a disabled child.In a series of ten moving interviews, Linda Negus explores the practical and emotional challenges these parents have faced, offering a source of inspiration and comfort to an... read more

It's All About Bodd

Lindy Wheeler, Tom Lawley

Bodd is a little character who struggles to make sense of his life and his big big feelings.In beautiful verse, this unique children’s story explores Bodd’s feelings and the vital role they play in his survival. It’s All About Bodd opens up conversations about how to deal with anxiety, the effects that worry can have on our health, and its impact on those around us. An essential companion for ... read more

Bodd is a little character who struggles to make sense of his life and his big big feelings.In beautiful verse, this unique children’s story explores Bodd’s feelings and the vital role they play in his survival. It’s All About Bodd opens up conversations about how to deal with anxiety, the effects that worry can have on our health, and its impact on those around us. An essential companion for ... read more

Parent And Teacher Guide - It's All About Bodd

Lindy Wheeler

Bodd is a little character who struggles to make sense of his life and his big, big feelings.In beautiful verse, this unique children’s story explores Bodd’s feelings and the vital role they play in his survival. It’s All About Bodd opens up conversations about how to deal with anxiety, the effects that worry can have on our health,and its impact on those around us. The Parent And Teacher Guid... read more

Bodd is a little character who struggles to make sense of his life and his big, big feelings.In beautiful verse, this unique children’s story explores Bodd’s feelings and the vital role they play in his survival. It’s All About Bodd opens up conversations about how to deal with anxiety, the effects that worry can have on our health,and its impact on those around us. The Parent And Teacher Guid... read more

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