Steph Broadribb

A bit about me:

After years working in the world of learning and development I now combine writing with coaching. As Steph Broadribb I write the Lori Anderson US-set action thriller series for Orenda Books, and under my pseudonym Stephanie Marland I write the UK-set Starke/Bell psychological police procedural series for Trapeze (Orion).

My debut thriller Deep Down Dead was shortlisted for the eDunnit eBook of the Year 2017, the Dead Good Reader’s Choice awards for Most Fearless Female Character and Most Outstanding Debut 2017. It was also a finalist nominee for the International Thriller Writer’s Best First Book 2018 award at ThrillerFest in New York.

As well as having the experience of writing two series for two different publishers, I have an MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) from City University London, and qualified with distinction as a coach from Henley Business School. I’m a regular speaker at events and festivals, have been on BBC radio, had articles and short stories published in newspapers and magazines, and often talk at libraries, book clubs and universities.

How I can help:

I’m passionate about working with writers at all stages of their journey, and have worked with people from those writing their very first short story all the way to experienced writers looking for feedback on their latest book. I give constructive, developmental advice and critique for all lengths of work including novels, and also enjoy working with writers on an ongoing basis throughout their projects, taking them from the blank page to the polished draft. If you’re lacking confidence, unsure how to get started, or suffering from writer’s block, I use a range of coaching techniques to help you free your thinking and move forward to achieve your ambition.

Genre-wise, I’m probably going to be a good fit for you if you’re writing in the crime, thriller, romantic suspense, or women’s fiction area as these are the genres I write in and read. I love a fast-paced page turner and my strength is in supporting writers who are writing for the commercial fiction market.

What people have said about me:

“Steph is not only a great crime writer – with two fantastic series on the go – she is also eagle-eyed in spotting what can be improved in the writing of others. We’re in the same writing group and her supportive feedback on early versions of my novels has been invaluable.” DAVID YOUNG author of Stasi Child (winner of the CWA Historical Dagger)

“I’ve been fortunate to work with some incredible writers and editors, both when studying for my masters degree in Crime Writing and since being published, and I’ve learned that good feedback is crucial to any manuscript, no matter how polished. Steph Broadribb is considered and insightful on all aspects of crime fiction analysis – from plotting and characterisation to pace and tension. Furthermore, her critiques always strike the right balance between constructive criticism and encouragement, which is essential to keeping a writer motivated. I’ve learnt from experience that a vital part of any writer’s development is identifying the voices you can trust to make your work better, and Steph’s is one of the few I’ll listen to every time.” ROD REYNOLDS (author of The Dark Inside, Black Night Falling and Cold Desert Sky)

“Steph Broadribb’s advice has been invaluable to me, because she brings her expertise as both a highly-regarded book reviewer and a successful novelist in her own right. Knowing that she can see one of my stories from a reviewer’s angle as well as a writer’s angle has always given me confidence in her advice, which has always been delivered constructively and timely.” NEIL WHITE (bestselling author of From The Shadows and The Darkness Around Her).

Get in touch with me via crimefictioncoach@gmail.com for an initial chat about your writing project, and to discuss what you’re looking for and whether I can help.