Alys West

Twitter: @alyswestyork
Facebook: alyswestwrites

Available to come to book groups? Yes
Available to give talks? Yes
Available for school visits? Yes – secondary schools only
About Me
Alys West writes contemporary fantasy and steampunk. She started writing when she couldn’t find enough books to read that had all of the elements she loved: fantasy, romance and suspense. Her first novel, ‘Beltane’, inspired by the folklore of Glastonbury, was published by Fabrian Books in June 2016.

Writing steampunk was a natural development from her obsession with tea. How could she not write in a genre where the characters shared her belief that 90% of the world’s wrongs can be solved with a nice cup of tea? Her second novel, ‘The Dirigible King’s Daughter’, which is set in Whitby and York, was published in August 2016.

Alys has lived in York for most of her life. She has a MA in Creative Writing from York St John University and teaches creative writing for Converge, an arts project for people with lived experience of mental health issues which is based at York St John University.

My Books

2016. Paperback/e-book 
Genre: Urban fantasy romance 
Set in York? No
Description: A mysterious green man, a healer who doesn’t heal and dreams that foretell the future. For artist Zoe, her stay in Glastonbury just seriously weird. And that’s before she discovers there’s real magic happening around her… A gripping urban fantasy romance which will keep you spellbound until the last page. 
Reviews: ‘If you are looking for a romantic read that is a little different, with the supernatural thrown into the mix and wickedly entertaining characters who stay with you long after you have finished the book, then Beltane is the book for you. You won’t be disappointed.’ Brew and Books Reviews
Read a sample: Here 
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Cover of Alys West's The Dirigible King's DaughterThe Dirigible King’s Daughter
2016. Paperback/e-book 
Genre: Steampunk romance 
Set in York? Partially 
Description: An amorous Alderman, a mysterious Viscount, a fake engagement and an arrest for attempted murder: Harriet Hardy’s life just got seriously complicated. Can she clear her name and marry the man she loves or is it already too late for the Dirigible King’s Daughter?
Reviews: ‘Victorian Steampunk with kickass pistol-packing Victorian feminist… The Dirigible King’s Daughter is a quick entertaining read for those who enjoy romance, steampunk, or just a charmingly-written and beautifully edited little book that makes few demands and delivers exactly what it promises’. Rosie Amber’s Book Blog
Read a sample: Here 
Find out more from:  Author’s website l  Publisher’s website
Buy from: Amazon