About the Author


Bethany Askew is the author of nine novels:

The Time BeforeThe World WithinOut of StepCounting the Days, Poppy’s Seed, Three Extraordinary Years, The Two Saras.  I Know You, Don’t I?  and The Next Step.

She has also written a short story, The Night of the Storm, and she writes poetry

Another women’s fiction novel will be published in 2023 and she is currently working on a new one.

In her spare time she enjoys reading, music, theatre, walking, Pilates, dancing and voluntary work.

Bethany is married and lives in Somerset.

You can contact Bethany via email on


or phone her on

07790 968758



8 Comments for About the Author

Steve Yabsley

Good morning Bethany,

I was wondering if you’d be free to come to Bristol – on either Wed 24th or Thurs 25th next week – to discuss your latest novel Poppy’s Seed?

I always have a live guest in the studio at 12.30 each weekday for a friendly conversation.

Please let me know.

With best wishes,
Steve Yabsley
Lunchtime Presenter
BBC Radio Bristol – BBC Somerset

Gillian Sauer

Good Morning Bethany
My friends and I at Wadeford Book Club would like to thank you for your talk yesterday at Coleridge Cottage, which we found very interesting and informative we thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
Thank you for the book and the offer to come and talk at our Book Club.
We wondered whether you were able to come to our October meeting of our Book club, which will be on Tuesday 3rd October and 19.00, Post Code TA20 3AY if this is possible we will make Poppy’s Seed our book to read for September.
Looking forward to hearing from you
Best Wishes
Gill Sauer

    Bethany Askew

    Hi Gill, Thank you for your comment. I very much enjoyed showing your group around Coleridge Cottage. Thank you also for the invitation to your Book Club meeting which I would love to accept. I have sent you an email to confirm details. With very best wishes, Bethany

Andrea crosland

Dear Bethany

Please can I request you’re.mail address so I can write to you on behalf of Fiddington W.i. as we would very much like you to visit and talk to us regarding g your literature. We keep missing via the telephone so maybe more success with e.mail.

Look forward to hearing from you – Andrea Crosland

Yola Munro

Hello, Bethany.
I am part of the organising Committee for the Third Ilminster Literary Festival, being held next year, 31st May 2018 to 6th June 2018 and was wondering if you would come and give a talk about your books, especially Poppy’s Seed.
Kind regards
Yola Munro
Ilminster Literary Festival

    Bethany Askew

    Hi Yola, Yes, I would love to be involved and I am free on those dates. How long would you like me to speak for? I can bring Poppy’s Seed and do a reading from it too. Please contact me directly on ajandbjaskew@gmail.com. I have also requested to join your Facebook group. Bethany

Louise Tyrrell

Dear Mrs Askew,

My name is Louise and I am the English lead at Crowcombe and Stogumber school. We are looking for authors to inspire our children to improve their writing. To this end we did a shout out on Facebook to our wonderful parents, who responded with great enthusiasm, recommending authors including yourself. We are lucky at Crowcombe and Stogumber that our children really love writing and have such creative and curious minds. Therefore, we would love for them to interview you all about your approach and method for writing.

If you would be interested then please email me and I can inform you further.

Best wishes,

Louise Tyrrell

    Bethany Askew

    Hi Louise, I would love to come to your school to be interviewed by your children and I have emailed you to confirm arrangements. With very best wishes, Bethany

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