Official Author Bio


Jamie Deacon is an award-winning author of young adult LGBTQ+ fiction with a passion for weaving stories about friendship, falling in love and finding the courage to be true to yourself. Their debut novel, Caught Inside, won two Rainbow Awards and was nominated for a Lammy, a Bisexual Book Award and a Next Generation Indie Book Award.

Jamie was born with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a degenerative eye condition that left them registered blind by their mid-teens. Now only able to view their surroundings in light and indistinct shadow, Jamie creates vivid settings inside their head and brings them to life through the magic of words.

Jamie lives with their childhood sweetheart close to the River Thames in Berkshire, England. When not curled under a blanket with a book, they enjoys British comedy, is a huge dog lover, and gets way too competitive at family games nights.

More About Me

In a Nutshell: non-binary (they/them/their), sapiosexual, social introvert, generally easy-going, redhead, devourer of books, amateur melodica player, abysmal dancer, scrabble master, Chronic Fatigue sufferer, expert procrastinator, slave to all things sweet and edible.

My Favourite Authors: Rainbow Rowell, Adam Silvera, Becky Albertalli, Benjamin Allire Saenz, Alice Oseman, Leigh Bardugo, Bill Konigsberg, Jenny Niven, John Green, Cat Clarke.

Things I Love: books (goes without saying), dogs, fluffy blankets, tea (black, no sugar if you’re making), Trivial Pursuit, the sound of the sea, any comedy written by John Finnemore (total genius), having my feet massaged, the scent of freshly-mown grass, laughing until my stomach hurts, Indian food, my Rubik’s Cube, riding in the car with the windows down, baggy sweatshirts, gin and tonic, sitting in the shade on a hot day, TV quiz shows, treacle sponge and custard.

Things I Loathe: intolerance or discrimination of any kind, olives, feeling cold, large gatherings, animal cruelty, making small talk, smart clothes, air travel, doing the hoovering, phone conversations with strangers, heights, bad grammar, road noise, wasps, the smell of smoked haddock, uncomfortable shoes, enclosed spaces.