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Hello! I'm Glenda Young and I’ve loved writing stories ever since I was a child.


I have an eleven book deal with Headline to write sagas plus a three book deal with Headline to write cosy crimes set in a Scarborough B&B.

I live in the northeast where my saga novels are set in the coalmining village of Ryhope, where I was born and bred. You don’t need to know Ryhope to enjoy the books, which have a feisty, young heroine at their core. The novels are gritty sagas, inspired by my love of soap opera, really dramatic with lots of action and some wonderful female characters! There's a lot of warmth and humour too. All of my sagas are standalone and you can read them in any order.  

My new trilogy of sagas has begun with The Toffee Factory Girls. The books are inspired by Horner's Toffee Factory and Dainty Dinah toffee of Chester-le-Street, County Durham and is set around WW1.

During lockdown when I couldn't get out to research, I turned to crime! My Scarborough cosy crimes were shortlisted in the Dead Good Readers' Awards 2022 for the Best New Crime Series in their New Kid on the Block category with Richard Osman and Val McDermid.


Find out more about the cosy crimes here.

I'm a proud member of the Crime Writers' Association and the Society of Authors.

I’ve also built an impressive reputation as an award-winning short story writer.  And I was one of just six finalists in the coveted Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais Comedy Award 2019. 

Plus, I have an unique claim to fame! I’m the creator of the first ever weekly soap opera Riverside to appear in The People’s Friend, the longest running women’s magazine in the world.  Riverside is now available as an audio drama and can you find out more here.


My short fiction has appeared in magazines including Take a Break, My Weekly, The People’s Friend, Best and newspapers including The Sunday Post, The Mirror and The Express.

A life-long fan of the soap opera Coronation Street, I’ve been commissioned by ITV to write official TV tie-In books about the show including Coronation Street: The Official Colouring Book; Deirdre: A Life on Coronation Street; A Perfect Duet -The Diary of Roy and Hayley Cropper, and I have written major updates to Coronation Street: The Novel and Coronation Street: The Complete Saga.
I run two Coronation Street fan websites. The Coronation Street Blog has been praised by the Manchester Evening News as 'Excellent' and 'Essential Reading for Street Fans'. I also run and own the internet's first and original Coronation Street fan website, online since 1995.
I blog at Flaming Nora which I update regularly with news and events from my writing life
If you'd like to contact me or find out more, please do! The contact page is here.

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