Mel Taylor-Bessent is an exciting new children's author, whose debut middle grade novel, The Christmas Carrolls (Farshore) publishes later this year.

Wish it could be Christmas every day? Well, for nine-year-old Holly Carroll and her family, it is! Living her merriest life in a house with year-round fairy lights and Christmas trees, Holly tries to spread cheer wherever she goes. But when she goes to a new school with a singing Santa backpack, she realises not everyone shares her enthusiasm for spreading cheer. In fact, Holly discovers a group of children that may not get a Christmas at all. Is the world's most Christmassy girl about to lose her Christmas spirit?

Mel Taylor-Bessent is the founder of creative writing workshop group, Little Star Writing and award-winning creative platform Authorfy, which she created to connect children to authors. In the last 6 months of this year, videos on Authorfy have had over half a million views and was recently named one of the Department for Education’s Approved Online Resources during the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2018 Mel was named as one of The Bookseller's Rising Stars.

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