Welcome to the OFFICIAL 'About The Author' page of:
Debrah Martin (writing as Lily Stuart)
Debrah Martin plots fast-paced thrillers as D.B. Martin, as Debrah Martin she writes literary fiction, and as Lily Stuart she is THE teen detective.
Debrah’s past careers have spanned two businesses, teaching, business networking and social event management. She chaired a literary festival in 2014 and also mentors new writers.
Her website is www.debrahmartin.co.uk
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Debrah Martin writes under three different pen names and in three very different genres. She plots fast-paced and compelling thrillers as D.B. Martin, with the first in the Patchwork trilogy, Patchwork Man, having been recently awarded a coveted B.R.A.G. Medallion. The explosive conclusion to the series, Patchwork Pieces, was released on 13th April 2015. As Debrah Martin she writes literary fiction, where often the truth IS stranger than fiction, and two new titles are due to be released in 2015/16. And not to be overlooked is her YA teen detective series, penned as Lily Stuart – THE teen detective. Irreverent, blunt, funny and vulnerable. Webs is the first in the series, with Magpies released in Summer 2015.
So why not stick to just one name and one genre?
‘Variety is the spice of life,’ she says. ‘And I continually have all these new ideas – they have to come out somehow!’
Debrah’s past careers have spanned two businesses, teaching, running business networking for the University of Winchester (UK) and social event management. She chaired the Wantage (not just Betjeman) Literary Festival in 2014 and also mentors new writers.
You can find out about all of her books and latest releases on her website www.debrahmartin.co.uk
Lily Stuart is the teen with the trick of getting to the bottom of murder, as well as juggling bitching, banter and boys – well, almost. The boys are a bit more difficult than the banter…
The plot: when Lily's mum resorts to the web for her romance - the world-wide-web - Lily resorts to her own bit of web-weaving to fend off the two candidates for replacement daddy.
The trouble is neither are quite how they first appear to be. Meanwhile Jas is getting on Matt, Melissa is being an utter bitch, Dad and Mum still don't get it that they should be trying again and The Hitler Youth Brigade - aka school - are on Lily's case to choose what her future is going to be like. If she still has one that is...
It's enough to turn a girl to drink. Luckily it doesn't, but it does turn Lily detective in an attempt to solve all her problems. Before she reveals the Russian roulette murderer, though, she has to first look down the barrel of his gun.
Popular British author DB Martin/Debrah Martin aka Lily Stuart is widowed, has two daughters and moved to Wantage, Oxfordshire in 2013, describing it as the friendliest place she's ever lived. She is also Chair of the Wantage (not just Betjeman) Literary Festival. As DB Martin and Debrah Martin she writes adult mystery suspense thriller novels, but as Lily Stuart, the pen name she uses for her YA novels, she has found a new niche - Young Adult stories that actually use the contemporary language, bodily metamorphoses and hormonal changes that YA readers are experiencing. No fantasy lightheaded silliness here, just solid writing on a quite grand scale that `examines real people in real - but unexpected - situations, and the way their life transforms because of them. Her work has been described variously as intriguing, poignant, irreverent, quirky and page-turning.' Before settling into writing as a full time career she was a teacher and ran the business networking for the University of Winchester and social event management. To add to the fascination of her YA books she actually `becomes' her main character - Lily Stuart - and that makes for a further stretch from an adult mind into the mindset of teenagers - and that works extraordinarily well. Her characters talk about intimate drives and body functions and Internet speak and why not? That is the current status of the reading audience to which this terrific story is addressed. And making Lily Stuart narrate the story gives additional sense of immediacy and credibility. The author's manner if telling side-by-side stories could throw some readers into a state of confusion. The way Stuart writes it simply makes it expansively interesting. On her website the author leads us into her concept as follows: `So hey, this is me: Lily Stuart. Good shot - huh? I'm meant to be incognito. Mum's the one looking for fame and fortune. I'm just hoping for decent grades - and Matt of course. Anyway, I'm a detective - sort of. Not paid. Dad's the one for that. He's the expert in a lot of things - catching villains, working out mysteries, sneaking off ... However, that apparently is all in the past and he's straight as straight - the biz, he reckons. Mum still has other ideas. What else can I say? Welcome to my world and the world of Ubiks - catching the killers and psychos you'd never expect to find in it.' And author's synopsis is difficult to improve upon so it is quoted here: `Webs opens with teenager, LILY, facing a gun just before it is fired at her. The story then picks up with her attacker's account of the events leading on from this and LILY'S diary recounting events leading up to it, starting three months earlier. The two narratives gradually converge. Alongside her own life and problems - her best friend MELEZZ, and her unreliability, her arch-rival for heartthrob, MATT'S, attentions - JAS, and her bitchery, and school with its academic impossibilities and ridiculous characters, Lily's irreverent teenager's diary tells of her mother's foray into the world of internet dating and how it leads LILY to uncover a murderer. Told in turn by LILY and the anonymous murderer - her attacker from the opening scene, their combined story examines different perceptions of love, obsession and relationships, and between them they tell the story of The Russian roulette murder.' For a book of creative writing with so many twists and kinks and fascinomas it would be difficult to match WEBS. Give it whirl - Lily Stuart is going to be around a while you can bet. Grady Harp, September 14
When I was a little girl, I read every Nancy Drew mystery novel I could get my hands on. I had the whole set, the shiny yellow binds making me proud. Now that I have 2 daughters of my own, I want to share the joy of female detective. Along with Nancy Drew, time has created more heroines for our daughters to love, one of which is Lily Stuart of Lily Stuart's "Webs." This is Book 1 in what is promising to be a fascinating and enthralling series, one I hope my daughters will love someday. 15 year old Lily has a penchant for curing her boredom by solving murders, well... sort of. She really is set to help her Mum find a better date. To each their own, right? Well, in Lily's case, that boredom remedy is serious, deadly serious. Written in a back and forth reveal format, this is a story that draws you in - especially when the viewpoint is other than Lily's. Chilling in a way, and wholly entertaining. I fell in love with Lily, her humor and snarkiness - and her bravery.