Denise Brown

Denise Brown


Also writes as

Denise Spencer
Booking enquiry
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Available for

Workshop, Talk, Reading, Interview


Age 14 to 16, Age 16 to 18+


Fiction, Mystery, Short story, Suspense-thriller

Book types

Fiction for young-adults


  • Longlisted for the Diverse Book Awards 2022


Hello I'm Denise Brown, a ghost writer and author of murder / mysteries and thrillers for young adults. 

I am Winter is set in a fictional Essex new town, and is about teenager Summer who suffers from survivor guilt when her best friend Cee dies while out on a joyride. This book covers such issues as grief, trauma, friendships, cyber bullying, and toxic relationship whilst also focusing on hope, strength, and determination.

It All Started with a Lie When sixteen-year-old Pearl discovers a newspaper clipping showing her dad with the abandoned baby he found outside a hospital years ago, it sets off a chain of events filled with betrayal, obsession, and murder.

Originally from East London, I now live in a harbour town in Scotland where there's a castle at the end of the street, and the town tug-of-war team is unbeaten in over 30 years. I believe that I was a witch in a previous life, and am ever-so-slightly obsessed with Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas. And Lin-Manuel Miranda songs. And if I could invite anyone to dinner, it would be Tim Burton. 

In July 2023 I appeared in a panel at Camp YA Festival in Stratford East London, where I, and other YA mystery authors discussed our writing processes and the inspiration for our books. 

My interactive workshop is called 'The Plot Thickens'. 

The students will be split into groups and asked to describe a character of their choosing. They will then be given a scenario in which they will need to determine the murderer from their cast of characters based on the timeless 'means, motive, opportunity' method. 

I am willing to travel, but please bear in mind that my expenses travelling from Scotland to the South of England will be higher than authors based more locally. I am happy to take part in hourly or half-day sessions.


Books by Denise Brown

I am Winter, my debut YA murder mystery, was longlisted for the Diverse Book Awards 2022. My second novel, It All Started with a Lie is due for publication February 2024.
I am Winter

I am Winter

When Summer’s best friend Cee dies from cardiac arrest after both girls have taken pills, the accusations on social media begin, but as the bullying intensifies, Summer grows closer to revealing the secrets both families are harbouring. A must read YA murder mystery. 
It All Started With a Lie

It All Started With a Lie

When Pearl discovers a newspaper clipping showing a picture of her dad holding the baby he found abandoned outside a hospital, it sets off a chain of events of betrayal, obsession, murder. And it all started with a lie. Perfect for fans of Cynthia Murphy and Holly Jackson. Denise Brown was longlisted for The Diverse Book Awards 2022 for her debut YA book I am Winter.