Have you always dreamed of writing your autobiography or memoir but don't know where to start? That's where I can help. As a story-teller of the highest order, I know exactly how to capture an author's voice, create a narrative structure and draw out the most dramatic elements of a story, making a compelling and unputdownable book! To date, I have published ten memoirs with some of the world's largest publishers including Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan and HarperCollins, with two more books due out in 2018. My books are sold all over the world and have been translated into French, German, Czech and Indian. Several have been the subjects of TV documentaries and work is currently underway to turn two into films.
I was thrilled when, in September 2015 my ghosted memoir 'Sins of the Mother' by Irene Kelly won the coveted No. 1 spot in the Sunday Times Bestseller list. But if you were to ask me which book is my favourite, I really couldn't chose as I have loved and valued every work I have helped to create, enjoying the magical process of bringing an author's life story to the page. Combining empathy and vision, I connect deeply with all the authors I work with, and this is demonstrated by my ability to 'become' them on the page. It is this authenticity which has propelled me to the top of my profession in the UK.
But you really shouldn't take my word for it. This is what Josefina Rivera, author of Cellar Girl, has to say:
'I'd wanted to tell my story for a very long time but it never seemed like the right moment in my life. I'd been approached a few times before but I didn't really feel the person understood me. From the moment I started talking to Katy I knew she would do a brilliant job and my trust in her was not misplaced. When the chapters started to emerge I was really impressed with how well they were written and how accurately she had captured me and my experiences. Reading back all those memories of my mother was so wonderful and now I know that all those memories will never fade. It was a great tribute to my mother to be able to write about her in this way and pass that on to the younger generations.'
'Nobody knew the truth. For all those years while people judged me, I protected those closest to me. Now it's time for the real story to be told. It's time for healing and forgiveness.'Tressa Middleton made UK history when she became Britain's youngest mum in 2006 aged just 12 years and 8 months. Her case provoked shock and outrage - but the truth behind the headlines was far sadder than anyon... read more
"I can tell you exactly the day it all went wrong—the day my mum attacked my dad with a kitchen knife. In those few, short seconds, a black hole opened up in my life and I fell right in." Tina McGuff’s life was perfect – or so she thought. Living in Dundee with her devoted parents and three younger sisters, she was a happy, healthy, and confident 13-year-old. But all that changed in one horrif... read more
Annabelle Forest's gripping and powerfully emotional memoir of surviving a twisted religious sex cult in west Wales.
Jennifer Kelly was a lonely child. At fifteen she was living with her Dublin-born parents Irene and Matt in Manchester. Irene was a recluse, shutting herself away for days at a time, crying non stop, and Jennifer started to dread going home. She knew nothing of her parents' past - until, one day, Irene had a phone call from Ireland that would change their lives forever. A commission had been o... read more
"I hated the thought of his child growing inside me . . . but at least I’d soon have somebody to love and, finally, somebody to love me back." Tina has never had a stable upbringing. Aged seven, she has a paranoid schizophrenic for a mother and her father is a distant memory. So when Tina gets a new step-dad, who lavishes sweets and cuddles upon her, she feels wanted for the first time ever. S... read more
'Why did you leave me? Why did you get messed up with all of those drugs? Why did you kill my brother and sister? Didn’t you love us enough?'Nikkia Roberson has been asking these questions for most of her life. But how else do you cope when your mentally ill mother has killed your little brother and sister by scalding them with boiling water?This is a harrowing true story of how one little gir... read more
'It's so strange how your life can dramatically change from just one event. I now see my life divided into two – before the tragedy and after. Now, the present, will always be after. This is after.'Amanda Wright was just four years old when she witnessed her mother’s brutal murder. John Dickinson, a family friend, strangled her mother to death in front of her and then he tried to do the same t... read more
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Award-winning author and ghostwriter of memoirs, essays, editorials and speeches for executives, celebrities, artists and athletes.