Rachel Abbott was born and raised in Manchester. She trained as a systems analyst before launching her own interactive media company in the early 1980s. After selling her company in 2000, she moved to the Le Marche region of Italy.
When six-foot snowdrifts prevented her from leaving the house for a couple of weeks, she started writing and found she couldn’t stop. Since then her debut thriller, Only the Innocent, has become an international bestseller, reaching the number one position in the Amazon charts both in the UK and US. This was followed by the number one bestselling novels The Back Road, Sleep Tight, Stranger Child and Kill Me Again.
In 2015 Amazon celebrated the first five years of the Kindle in the UK, and announced that Rachel was the number one bestselling independent author over the five-year period. She was also placed fourteenth in the chart of all authors.
Rachel Abbott now lives in Alderney and writes full-time.
TALKS BY RACHEL AT THE FESTIVAL
Routes to Publishing: Traditional vs. Independent
Sunday 26th March - 11.00 - 12.00
Andrew Lownie and Rachel Abbott discuss the pros and cons of the different publishing models available to writers now. Why are some authors leaving their long term publishers to follow the indie route, while successful self-published authors chase a traditional deal?