Are you on social media?
Yes, I am @hollybellmummy on instagram where I mainly post pictures of the cat and food.
How old are you?
Who did the illustration on your home page?
Fiona Gibson who I found on Instagram. She draws writers desks and was kind enough to draw mine. I feel like I know Fiona despite never having met her. She was the Beauty Editor of the adored magazine Just Seventeen and then went onto be Editor of More magazine. (Position of the Fortnight, anyone?)
Do you still write recipes?
I do. Lots. But mainly for brands where the recipe developer’s name isn’t published. I also occasionally write for newspapers too.
I saw someone on shopping TV who looks like your sister, is she?
No, it’s me! I am often on High Street TV and sometimes on QVC.
Can I quote your writing?
You are welcome to quote as long as you attribute and link back to here where possible. For recipes, if you want to use a photo of the recipe you must seek permission from the photographer.
Do you give interviews?
Absolutely. You can get in touch with me by emailing hollybellbooks at gmail dot com.
Do you write guest posts on blogs?
If they’re paid I do. I don’t work for free.
My name is Holly Bell and I have always loved to write.
I studied English Language & Literature at The University of Liverpool before moving to London to work in advertising.
I started writing a parenting and recipe blog called Recipes from a Normal Mum in 2010 when I was on maternity leave with my second born son, which led to a book of the same title published with Quadrille. The blog won a Good House Keeping Award in 2016 for best food blog. I don’t tend to update it much anymore as I’m too busy with other stuff.
Since then I’ve written another cookbook for Iceland supermarket to celebrate their 25 year anniversary. I also worked on a non fiction book without any recipes. It was published in Spring of 2021. I have appeared in various QVC, High Street TV and done shows on BBC Radio.
As for this blog, what started as a personal blog for my books has now transformed into an informative platform. Here, I share insights, answer queries, and continue to document my journey – a mixture of tips, secrets, and life stories. This blog has become a space for connection, learning, and sharing.
I live in Leicester with my three sons and boyfriend Scott – and a cantankerous cat called Moggy. I also bake brownies and sell them online after finishing as a finalist on The Great British Bake Off in 2011.