AUTHORS BIOS'

Arthur Wainwright

Arthur Wainwright is director of e-booksonline (uk) ltd, which he and his wife formed in December 1999. He was, for a number of years, senior partner in a Manchester accountancy firm which specialised in insolvency cases. In semi-retirement, he took up farming in North Wales before retiring from both occupations in 1993 and taking up writing novels.

 

Raie Wainwright

Raie Wainwright is a director of e-booksonline (uk) ltd, which she and her husband formed. Having spent most of her adult life as a secretary, and later as a company director, she finally retired from business life when she married. Now living in North Wales, she spends her time tending her garden, two standard poodles and her Siamese cat… AND COOKING. In and among, e-booksonline takes a great deal of her spare time.

 

Mrs Craik

This book was written in 1857 and proved an instantaneous and unmistakable success making the ‘John Halifax’ county of Gloucestershire almost as well known to American tourists as that of Stratford and Warwick such is the beauty, fineness and delicacy of Mrs Craik’s writing. Her porcelain like portrayal of the characters in the book is majestic. Long out of publication, the book demands a revival. A definite ‘must’ for those who enjoy enthralling sagas beautifully written.

 

Matthew Eagles

Thorn is Matthew Eagles's sequel to his first published novel, Life is extremely serious (ISBN 09530748), which went to print in 1998 as a one-off project and joint collaboration with a company in London. He has also had work published in an anthology of writers from around his home town of Clitheroe, Lancashire. Currently he is embarking on a further novel and is also writing his first sitcom script for television. He is single and works as a CAD Designer at a company in Blackburn, although he once worked for the Met. Office in Bracknell, Berkshire, as a Model Diagnostic Scientist. He has a degree in Applied Physics from the University of Central Lancashire. His other interests are cartoons, cycling and the gym. He was a contestant on Countdown in January 2000 where he lost the game but received a stick of Blackpool rock from Richard Whiteley!

 

Alan Taplin

Alan Taplin is a retired Methodist minister whose writings reflect his long experience of working amongst people, including chaplaincy work in hospitals, industry and the RAF. His articles and short stories have been published in newspapers and magazines and broadcast on local radio but this is his first novel offered for publication. He has also written a two-act play that is being considered for performance in 2001. His writing frequently combines social and psychological comment with humour and even in serious situations, irony often surfaces. Apart from writing and his continuing Church involvement, his interests include football, walking the dog and laughing at himself.

 

John Thorrold

John Thorrold has been in the computer business for over forty years, and has seen many changes in computers, technology and communication and felt he needed to extrapolate what may be happening in 10,000 A.D. Joining the army as a boy entrant in 1947, he took the idea of the Regents, and of one particular Regent who bears the name of the village where he lives. As an avid reader of science fiction literature, he has often wondered how the achievement of the speed of light plus could bring about intergalactic travel and colonisation of distant planets. Looking at how these factors could affect relationships, he concluded the attitudes and feelings of human beings themselves would be transmuted into a form we would recognise now. That, however far technology advances, man will not shake off the influences of the past. John lives near Cambridge, married with two grown-up children. Most of the characters in the book have surnames connected with that area. He believes that this presages a time when surnames as we know them today, based on family, are thing of the past.

 

Christopher Bacon

Christopher Bacon was born, brought up and educated in Edinburgh, Scotland. After working in the BBC for several years, he left to work abroad, teaching in Crete for 3 years. He now lives with his wife and baby son in northern Italy.

 

Linda Stephenson

Linda Stephenson is a professional writer who enjoys writing both crime and historical novels. Here she has combined the two to create The Waterloo Man. Married with one daughter Linda also enjoys travelling around on trains and looking after her two budgerigars Baz and Tilly.

 

Ruth Barry

Ruth Barry has always written this and that, when able to escape from Proper Life and has had some encouragement/praise from publishers, always ruined by endings like 'unfortunately we are unable....' A few short stories, articles, poems, published in Small Press, also in Country Origins and The Countryman. Most fun and appreciation comes from Performance Poetry.

 

Stephen Mitchell

Stephen Mitchell is an Australian who has lived in England for the past ten years. After residing in Durham, Middlesbrough and Oxford, he now dwells in Exeter with a wife and son. A secondary school teacher by trade, he also writes drama and computer software in his spare time.

 

Sam Bonnamy

Sam Bonnamy lives in a suburban semi in the North of England, within sight of open countryside. Sam likes walking, trees, the garden and growing things, and is interested in history (especially the Victorian period), literature (especially Sherlock Holmes), theatre, politics and philosophy. This writer sees the Internet as the future of publishing, and is impressed by the percentage payment to authors publishing through this company. It's much better than the pittance paid by traditional publishers, who are probably all looking for the next Harry Potter and rejecting everything else. Sam Bonnamy is a pen name, but is Sam a man or a woman? That is one question which may occur to readers of "The Other Mr Holmes". Those astute enough may be able to deduce the answer.

 

Thomas M Pfefferle

Thomas M. Pfefferle is a practising lawyer in Leipzig, Germany, and works also as a scientist at Leipzig University, in the field of banking and capital market law. "The Last Reich" is his first novel.

 

Richard Stephenson

Growing up on Tynemouth, didn't exactly fulfil the country's stereotype view of the average Newcastle United fan of the 1980s. Living in the historic seaside town held little of the traditional industrial image of the North-East. The shipyards were just an outline on the up-river horizon while the nearest coal-mines existed beyond the Blyth power station to the North. My background wasn't working class enough, or my accent strong enough, to be a Newcastle fan so both had to be disguised. The first visit to St James' Park when I was 13 proved to be the turning point in my life. Teaching college in southwest London lead to two years of educating London children who'd never heard of Newcastle. I moved back to the North-East in 1993 after completing six years of exile. My marriage to Gillian, a Middlesbrough fan, in 1996 was soon followed by the arrival of two daughters, Holly and Jasmine.

 

George M Talbot

Although born in Surrey, the author spent his early years living in London. Of poor parents he led a life of poverty playing among the bombed out ruins but later moved away from the squalor. As an adult the author ran several business ventures with varying success. His hobbies, besides writing, include paranormal research, (a subject on which, through a lifetime of experience, he has become a genuine authority and has been published in several magazines on the subject), designing and building hi-fi loudspeakers, and photography that he does on a semi professional basis. Now living in a quiet village in Cambridgeshire the author continues to write for his own pleasure.

 

Lars Aagaard-Mogensen

Lars Aagaard-Mogensen, the editor of Art, Text, and Reception, is, as the world becomes smaller and smaller, a less and less known philosopher and now and then compressionist artist, with few bodily satisfactions, but much sense in preserve, whose prose, reviewers actually write, carries him away by his own Joycean cleverness.

 

Jim Dale

Began his teaching career in 1950. In 1956 he became qualified to teach deaf children. During his ten years at an RNIB residential school (Condover Hall), he qualified to teach blind people and then spent a year on a teacher exchange at the famous Perkins School (Boston, Massachusetts) where he received the Diploma for Teachers of the Deaf-Blind. In 1966 he became teacher in charge of a pre-school unit for deaf-blind children in the Inner London Education Authority. Years later he provided a peripatetic service to many schools and nurseries. In 1978 he was awarded an M.Ed. from Leicester University. During his long and dedicated career he gave talks, was a regional organiser of the National Deaf-Blind and Rubella Association, was on a number of advisory councils and has devised and exhibited special apparatus to aid stimulation. He has contributed to books, written articles, and had published "Basic Communication", "Progress Guide" and "Stimulation Guide".

 

Donald Frey

lives in a medium sized West Michigan city near his daughter, Mary, having moved there in 2001 after his mother, Grace, died. Active in the mental health community in Toledo, Ohio for ten years, he hopes to show that not all mental health clients are dangerous. His columns: Dear Buckey, and Reflections of a Couch Potato were regular features in two mental health newsletters. His interest is history, especially medieval history, and also believes a sense of humor is one of life's blessings.

 

William Lambe

William Lambe is the author of four novels including HYMEN THE GOD currently awaiting publication. His second novel INAPATUA (The story of an Australian aboriginal) received excellent reviews in most English speaking countries and has been translated into Swedish. He is married and has four children, has been successively, barman, fisherman, artist, chief steward, world cruising yachtsman, editor and truck driver before winning an Australian Literary Award and settling down as a full time novelist. Born in Western Australia, he lives and works in Perth.

 

B L Johnson

B L Johnson was born in Scotland in 1973. She has always been into the darker side of life, and collects skulls and candles. She likes to read horror books and true crime, which she says gives her an edge on the stories. Her favourite authors are Stephen King and Richard Laymon A lot of her ideas come to her in the early morning or whilst she's asleep. She lives with her partner and her cat Trouble, and works part time as a secretary.

 

G A Whittaker

G A Whittaker was born near London but grew up in the north of England. He studied English and French at university and has gone on to learn other languages, mainly Spanish and Portuguese. He is a part-time teacher as well as a freelance translator and writer. He has had various articles published but is now concentrating on short stories and full-length novels. He is a qualified tennis coach and his many interests include classical music and jazz, literature, art, gardening, old Citroëns, pre-Columbian civilisations in America and cooking. He has travelled widely and spent a lot of time in other countries. He lives in the East Midlands with his wife, four children and pet cat.

 

Wentworth Johnson

Born in March, Cambridgeshire, UK in 1939, Wentworth M. Johnson is a naturalized Canadian. He served for twelve years in the Royal Air Force - mostly on top secret sites - and was the last airman in Queen's Command (Maintenance) and also the last RAF man at RAF Kahawa in Kenya when he handed the station over to the Kenyan Air Force. He subsequently worked as a TV studio technician, and now works as a technical buyer for a local TV station, where we has now been for twenty-eight years. Wentworth M. Johnson has a passion for English history, from Julius Caesar to modern times, and writing has been a life-long hobby.

 

Jenny Stacey

Jenny Stacey grew up in rural Australia. From an early childhood she wanted to become a nurse. She completed her training in 1971 and seventeen years later became involved in caring for the terminally ill and has furthered her studies in this area, recently completing a Master of Palliative Care degree. It is through a personal and clinical experience that has lead to the writing of 'Brad's Story'. She has written and presented papers at conferences.

 

Jean S. Munro

Jean Munro trained in Medical Laboratory Sciences at Glasgow Royal Infirmary then spent twelve years working in a Bush hospital in a remote part of Congo/Zaire. On her return to U.K. she specialised in Electron Microscopy before resigning her post to write fulltime. She writes articles and fiction and has had work published in U.K., Africa, Australia, U.S.A., and Spain. She lives in a house with panoramic views of the Firth of Clyde. Roe deer and red squirrels are frequent visitors to her garden. She is an elder in the local church and runs the Youth Group. Her hobbies include, reading, walking, gardening and D.I.Y. She has a beautiful grey cat and frequently looks after dogs for friends.

 

Peter Yates

Peter Yates, the author of 'Santaclaus@xmasland.com', has been writing on a semi-professional basis for over fifteen years. Starting with comedy sketches, moving on to stage plays; some specifically for Am-Dram societies, but also with some success in professional theatre. Wishing to enlarge his portfolio, Peter branched out into children's stories back in 1992 when he produced a talking book complete with original music and special effects. Inevitably -as in everything he writes - humour insists in creeping in, sometimes even when it isn't supposed to… but why be serious all the time?

 

Hugh Again

Hugh Again is the nom-de-plume adopted by a well known Manchester insolvency accountant to cover his regular contributions to Britain’s most popular radio show, Wake Up To Wogan.

Over 5 million listeners tune in everyday and have come to know Hugh Again, as, over the last 4 years, he has had over 400 contributions read out by the genial Irishman.

Always ready for a challenge, Hugh then set about stringing his random thoughts into a full-length novel resulting in The Family Plot.

 

Chester Cole

Chester Cole is an Essex man, born and bred, but who has lived in both Derbyshire and Yorkshire at times and has travelled to foreign fields. Trained as an electronic engineer, he still likes to tinker with the odd gadget. Having worked for eighteen years in Customs HQ, much of the background in the novel is authentic. Married with five children, all adults now. Has written some other published material, mainly non-fiction, historical articles. Obtained Open University honours degree in diverse subjects and a post-grad certificate in history. Hobbies include painting, music, reading, writing, and walking. Likes food, non-alcoholic drinks, cycling, witty companions, cats, beautiful women and Arsenal FC, not necessarily in that order. Dislikes hot curries, cold coffee, mad dogs, mad motorists and politicians. Hopes to write more e-books.

 

Carol Allen

I lived in Birmingham for much of my early life. After marrying I moved with my husband and children to Staffordshire where we still live. I always intended writing a book but like many other people work and family commitments always prevented my writing that 'best seller'. In 1987 I was involved in a pretty serious car accident. As I recovered I realized that the injuries I had sustained would prevent me from returning to work. I turned a negative into a positive and decided to take up my pen. I wrote a few articles (to prove to myself I could write) to my delight they were accepted. I then compiled a series of ghost booklets. These have proved to be very popular and I continue to collect the stories. The Dream Book has been my biggest challenge to date.

 

Anita Dawes

Anita Dawes was educated at a convent school in London, now a mother of three grown children with two granddaughters. She has worked at many jobs, office cleaning, decorating, to running her own market stall. She has moved and sold her home many times, due to some inherent gypsy blood. Lost the lot in the recession, jumped up and did it all again. Poetry came first, but she was told by a palmist to write a book instead. She has been doing that for ten years now, whilst looking after umpteen children as a childminder. Still trying to break into mainstream publishing with the help of an agent, who has two books that the publishers think are great, but hesitant because of the American flavour. Who knows, she may give them the thumbs down and stick with the Internet, but intends to keep on rockin'.

 

Mary Francis

Mary Francis is a graduate of English Literature and History. For several years she lived in Spain before settling in Dorset, in a locale very similar in geography to that of the fictional, Baiter Island. Lovers, is the first in a series of Baiter Island Tales.

 

Ammon Wrigley

Ammon Wrigley was born in 1861 (into a poor, hardworking family) and died in 1946. Throughout his life, he worshipped the countryside and particularly the moors around Saddleworth (an area which is partly in Yorkshire and partly in Lancashire). This love of the outdoors, and detestation of all things which we would now call ‘phoney’, shines through all his writing. Although offered a virtual ‘blank cheque’ to move to Hollywood and write for the film industry, he resolutely refused and remained loyal to his roots.

His death was commemorated by the BBC by an hour long programme broadcast on the 15th September 1946.

 

Sue Simpson

After penning many short stories, Lizard's Leap is Sue Simpson's first children's novel. After the sudden death of her mother when Sue was five, her childhood became unsettled. Finding herself in a hostile boarding school environment she struggled academically. Leaving school with no recognised qualifications or skills, it came as something of a surprise to find many years later that she had natural storytelling ability. At the time she was working on a secure unit with the mentally ill and was constantly in trouble for turning serious reports into humorous accounts of mayhem. For her sins she was therefore given the job of writing the unit's 'in house' magazine. From then she has never stopped writing. She has hopes of becoming a full time writer.

For three years Sue has been writing for the American music/fiction magazine 'Legends' and is also the horror/suspense editor for the Internet writing and magazine site UKAuthors.

She lives in a market town on the southern tip of the Lake District and is the mother of two boys and is currently working on her second novel 'Better The Devil You Know' which she hopes to finish by the end of 2002, when she will begin work on the next two books in the 'Leap' series.

 

Charles Kingsley

This author needs little introduction.

His best known book ‘The Water Babies’ is a true classic and is still in popular demand. Unfortunately, his other works seem to have been largely lost and this seemed to be a shame. ‘The Heroes’, a little known collection of short stories for children, is offered in the belief that they may be of interest to the present day small child.

 

Alan Burridge

Alan Burridge was born, lives and works in Poole, Dorset; writing fiction is a hobby, as is being boss of the worldwide fan club for rock legends, Motorhead, since 1979.

Alan Burridge has been writing about Motorhead since late 1979. His bibliography includes 'Motorhead,' 'The Collector's Guide To Motorhead' and features on the band for 'Record Collector' magazine. He also writes novels see the books on site.

 

Michael Mordechai

Michael Mordechai studied Physics, and worked at AWRE Aldermaston, the MOD (navy) and Civil Nuclear Power as a Health Physicist. For 25 years, he was involved in Mountain Rescue in Snowdonia. He is a frequent visitor to Israel and met people who were involved in its many wars. He now teaches Information technology part-time. He lives in Snowdonia, with his wife Shirley, an Open University Graduate in Computing.

 

Max Hora

Max Hora was born in Reading, on 5th May 1955. His first visit to Portmeirion in North Wales was during a family holiday in 1960. After seeing "DANGER MAN", Max began watching "THE PRISONER" TV series, in the autumn of 1967, Max immediately recognised the place that he had visited seven years previously.

After joining SIX OF ONE (PRISONER APPRECIATION SOCIETY) in November 1977, Max moved to Cheltenham (society headquarters) during the summer of 1979 to get more involved in the society’s activities, such as work-ins and conventions as well as producing a new SIX OF ONE publication called "SPOKES."

In June 1982, Max decided to approach the management of Portmeirion Village to ask if he could establish an information centre at Portmeirion. After several meetings and telephone calls the management eventually said "YES" in late August with the result that Max’s information centre for PRISONER enthusiasts opened its doors on the 4th September 1982.

The only shop available was "The Arches", next door to the Hercules self-service restaurant. However, from the beginning of the following tourist season (Easter 1983), the small "Round House" shop in Battery Square (Number Six’s house in THE PRISONER) was available and became the permanent location for what was originally called "NUMBER SIX, THE PRISONER SHOP AND INFORMATION CENTRE."

For the following fifteen years Max Hora ran "THE PRISONER SHOP" and lived ‘in the village’! Max closed the shop on 5th November, 1998, handed in his letter of resignation and then escaped.

After sixteen years of being "THE PRISONER" in ‘THE VILLAGE’, the time had come to say,

"I am not a number, I am a free man."

 

Stewart Cowley

Stewart Cowley read Physics at Oxford University and, due to a typing error, was awarded a doctorate in 1987. Realising their mistake the authorities rapidly promoted him into ever higher positions of authority where they assumed he could do least harm. Today, he lives quietly in London under close supervision with his wife Alice, and three children Georgia, Alexander and Phoebe the initials of whom spells GAP. The bored looking shop assistant in his local branch of the eponymous retail opportunity has never issued a discount for this coincidence no matter how many times he has pointed it out. He believes Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. "Is Georgia . . . a hamster?!!" is his sixth children's book and the first to be launched via the internet.

 

Sue Kelly

Sue Kelly was born and resides in Liverpool. A bad horse riding accident in her mid-thirties prompted her to begin writing. Her interest in Egyptology and English History is reflected in her writing. She took to writing short stories as a way of expressing ideas in concrete form, although she has also written novels and plays.

 

V.A. Cantrell

Blessed (or afflicted) with the kind of sense of humour needed to produce Piscine About the author has, not surprisingly, chosen to hide behind a nom de plume. Val has had many short stories published but this is the first attempt at a full-length novel. A keen gardener, married with two children and three grandsons and living in wildest Worthing in darkest West Sussex, it was Val's passion for coarse angling which provided the inspiration for the novel.

 

John Comley

John Comley, a totally unreconstructed radical, lives in the Languedoc area of France with a wife, two cats, a working library and a large collection of early jazz recordings. He spent his schooldays in North Wiltshire before being partly educated at the Universities of Nottingham and London. His first two novels were published when he was an undergraduate after which he put fiction writing aside until mid 1992. At that time he decided to quit his work as an NHS clinical psychologist and move to a more agreeable environment. Since then he has published short work in THE PSI RESEARCHER ,COMHAIRLE, LE REFLET, PLUME, and THE WRJTER'S VOICE.

 

Roy Barnes

Roy Barnes has published articles, poems and stories in various magazines and has written five novels, none of which has yet been published. After graduating in Modern Languages, he worked as teacher of English in France and spent some time acting as a travel courier and representative for Swan's tours in several European countries before returning to England to teach French and German at Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith, London. While there, he received an unexpected offer to become Senior Tutor of a small, private language school in Cambridge at which he had taught during one vacation. He subsequently became its Principal and joint owner with his wife. Together they brought up four children as well as quadrupling the size of the school.

 

Ken Jones

Home From Home is Ken Jones' first novel but four others are in the pipe-line. Previous fictional publications were in the field of short stories. His first venture into writing involved up-dating local government courses for one of the leading correspondence colleges following his obtaining the Diploma in Municipal Administration. For a few years he wrote a weekly column in a local newspaper. During the Second World War he served on radar in the Royal Air Force. His other interests include gardening and golf. A widower, he lives in close proximity to his two sons in South Wales.

 

Beryl Wyatt

During World War II, Beryl Wyatt was in the ATS as a Physical Training Instructor. She spent the next few years working in offices… boring… but it kept the money coming in which helped finance her love for off-road motorcycling. She just loved to struggle through the countryside, sliding in mud, falling in rivers, competing with the countryside for supremacy. Having a good knowledge of the inside of a bike gave her the qualifications for her next job as a sales person in a motorcycle shop, selling spares in the morning and using her other skills in the office in the afternoon. She was completely in her element and, for once, knew what she was talking about. The shop closed, hit by recession, so Beryl worked for the NHS on computers until she was considered too old (72). Then she felt she could concentrate on her other love, writing. She has written two biographies and two novels and is well into the third. She finds it a lovely hobby.

 

Raymond Clarke

Raymond Clark began teaching in 1968 in an industrial town in North-east England. He is married and lives in County Durham, is a keen gardener, has an interest in amateur dramatics, and writes for his own and other people's amusement. This is his first book, and is based on his experience over the years.

Raymond Clark is a pen name.

 

Antal Kovacs

Antal was born in Budapest, and completed his studies at the Westminster College of Commerce, St Martin's School of Art and the London School of Film Technique. He joined the film industry, and worked as a film editor, assistant director, scriptwriter, director, and producer. He has attended a series of SOURCES masterclasses, a MEDIA '95 initiative to train film scriptwriters. He was a lecturer at the London International Film School from 1994 to 1996. Since September 1997 he has been teaching scriptwriting and video production at Cornwall College. He began writing film scripts 1970, and his credits include: RESURRECTION, WALK BY NIGHT, THE HANNIBAL MYSTERIES, A MATTER OF CARVING, IMPRESSIONS, A MATTER OF THEFT, THE WHITE MARE, ROB PETER, DAD JOINER, TILDA, THE SOLOIST, DEAD RECKONING, THE BRICK, BACK TO CLIFTON, and KILL THE BITCH. He has written three novels: IMPRESSIONS, A MATTER OF THEFT and BROTHERS ANONYMOUS.

 

Donald R Simpson

Donald Simpson was born in Bucoda, Washington and grew up in Eugene, Oregon, obtaining both a bachelor and master degree at the University of Oregon. Having then taught for eight years, he entered school administration and received a doctorate degree at the University of Washington. For a time, he lived in Japan and it was there that he first started writing. Now living in Mesa, Arizona with his wife Marletta ('the light of his life and his inspiration'), he is retired and devotes his time to writing.

 

George Bellairs

George Bellairs wrote most of his books immediately after the Second world war when the reading public was eagerly awaiting new books having been starved of them during the war. He became immensely popular and became a best seller. Unfortunately, in recent years his popularity has diminished. Now is the chance to try one of his stories. Others can be found but with difficulty.

 

Allan Bantick

After a career in the RAF teaching outdoor pursuits, survival and mountain rescue, Allan became a full time musician, record producer and recording studio owner. These days he devotes most of his time to wildlife conservation and the Terry Wogan radio show, for which he writes regularly as the dim-witted character "N.T.Rightis". Allan has written many arcticles in recent years, but The God-Rock is his first full scale novel.

 

Catherine Kirby

Catherine Kirby has a number of interests, which include reading, the odd walk, Egyptology, and cryptic crosswords. She has worked as a secretary, a type-setter on a local newspaper, and spent ten years as a Relate counsellor which, as well as providing a richly rewarding experience, has given her valuable understanding of people and the way in which they live their lives. She is a member of Mensa. She has loved scribbling all her life and is currently scribbling a second novel, 'See Through' which, although it too has a serious theme, is a written in a more light-hearted vein than Sari Caste.

 

Fenwick Witheridge

Born 1926 in Newport, Monmouthshire, the author was educated at an Elementary school leaving with no certificates and only the rudiments of the three R's. He then joined the Newport Steam Pilot Boat Company as an apprentice Pilot and served for five years before going deep sea as a deck officer, rising to the rank of First Mate before becoming a Bristol Channel pilot. Piloted vessels of all nationalities and sizes up to 33,000 tons before retiring at the age of sixty-five. During this period he joined the local Sea Cadet Unit as a Lieutenant RNR finishing as Commanding Officer with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Hobbies are local history, writing, walking a very lively Springer spaniel, A number of holidays were spent on canal narrow boats where he got the idea for Timeslip.

 

Vanda Inman

After completing a BSc(Econ) degree in Information and Library studies as a mature student, Vanda Inman began writing as a form of relaxation - but found it impossible to stop, writing being a much more inspirational pastime than academic study. Vanda believes that stories are a way of reaching people and dealing with issues which occur in everyday life through an accessible medium. She has always been fascinated by people, their characters and their problems. Several of her stories have been sold to leading women's magazines through the Midland Exposure Literary Agency, which specialises in handling this type of work. Vanda lives in Cornwall with her family, consisting of a husband and two teenage daughters, who are a somewhat dubious source of inspiration. She firmly believes fact to be much stranger than fiction, and that no one can ever imagine anything which hasn't already happened in real life.

 

Deric Barry

Deric spent many years at sea. At the age of eighteen he joined the Royal Navy to do his National Service and followed this with being a Ship’s engineer and Radio Officer in the Merchant Navy.

Since 1967, he has been involved with the oil industry, working on ships, barges and rigs in the North Sea and in many countries world-wide.

Now semi retired, he lives in South Wales with his wife, his daughters and their families and loves to write and walk his dogs.

 

Fredrick Mark Kramer

Doctor Fredrick Mark Kramer is a novelist, playwright and amateur violinist living on the Upper West Side in New York City. He has had a number of novels published in the USA, together with a couple of his plays produced off Broadway. Additionally, he has had excerpts from his novels and some poetry reproduced in the UK and Finland.

 

Nicki Robson

Nicki Robson lives in Leeds where she is currently taking a career break to write dark fiction. Her short stories have been published in the small press magazine Writers Cauldron and on the Twilight Tales website. She was also placed in a Dark Echo contest. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association and runs its UK Chapter.

 

Mike Thompson

Medically retired from the prison service after 25 years, Mike Thompson occupies his time fishing, reading and writing. His novel, Double Standards, took him 18 months to complete and is based on his experiences, incidents and people met in various prison establishments. He has previously written short articles for magazines and newspapers. As treasurer of a Manchester fishing club with 600 members, he compiles the club’s accounts and newsletter.

 

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Various authors, some international and previously published; others showing their first work.

 

Sam Smith

Presently employed as a psychiatric nurse, Sam Smith has had a variety of occupations… working at anything, in fact, which has paid the rent, enabled him to raise his three daughters and which didn't get too much in the way of his writing. With poetry and articles widely published, especially in Britain, he already has 4 poetry collections and a novel to his name. Editor of The Journal (once of Contemporary Anglo-Scandinavian Poetry) publisher of Original Plus books, he is also proud of be Associate Editor of River King Poetry Supplement (Illinois, USA). He was born in 1946.

 

Billy McGraw

Billy McGraw has drawn on his own lengthy criminal investigative experience to create the fictional characters and situations that make Someone's Daughter a true crime thriller. He is married with two children and plans to write further books with DCI Hunter at the helm.

 

Andrea Lowne

Although born in London, Andrea Lowne has been living and working in The Netherlands for the last 25 years. She began writing as a child but when, in the early 70s, Flower Power reared its enticing head she upped stakes, left England, and spent several years travelling in North Africa, Spain and France. She finally surfaced, finances seriously depleted, in Amsterdam and began her Dutch career by selling her artwork on the street and in local markets. After spending another few years struggling with the language, she started working as a translator. In her spare time she amused herself by writing short stories many of which, to her amazement, have since been published in the UK, Canada and Australia. Her unconventional and quirky outlook on life is reflected in her writing. She takes great delight in, and has no qualms about, poking fun at the absurdity of human nature. Andrea is also humour editor of an online Writers' Resource Site.

 

Denis Keenan-Smith

Denis Keenan-Smith was born in Durban, South Africa, and educated in Natal and the Transvaal, and at the University of South Africa (Unisa).

He served part-time for seven years in the 1 Battalion, The Transvaal Scottish Regiment (Citizen Force), six years of which as a commissioned officer.

He is a registered Psychologist; an Industrial Relations specialist and management consultant, and has authored numerous conference papers and articles for publication.



Charlotte Redman

Charlotte grew up in Somerset just before and during the Second World War. In 1948, she married a farmer and moved to Cornwall in the 1950s. Now widowed and much travelled, she began her writing career by taking a course with the Open College of the Arts. Since then she has written 2 novels, 1 children's book, several travel articles and poetry.

 

Pamela Constantine

Pamela Constantine's first book, Spring Sowing, was published by Hodder and Stoughton and received warm reviews. Her work has also appeared in magazines around the world. Her aim is to uphold the perennial values and to help put the heart back into society through the subtle power of the word. THE QUEST is a fantasy for children and the young at heart. THE QUEST

 

Michael McPherson

Michael McPherson, living in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, has had books and articles in a variety of publications. These include the Alfred Hitchcock Mystery magazine; Murderous Intent; Canadian Writers Journal and many others.

He is now devoting much of his time to screenplays and has recently completed a screenwriting course with the Hollywood Scriptwriting Institute plus a their post graduate course under Donna Lee.

 

Desmond Tarrant

Desmond Tarrant was born in Southampton on the 17th September 1924. Educated at King Edward VI Grammar School, 1936-1941; R.A.F. 1941-1947.

Commissioned. Aircrew, Coastal Command (Sunderlands) and transferred to flying V.I.Ps around Europe, Greece and Crete.

B.A. Hons. and M.A. (London, 1956). Lectured and did research at colleges and universities in the U.K. and U.S.A. Visiting professor, Pennsylvania.

Author of poetry Sunset or Sunrise? or Paradise Found, Stories with prizewinners, Matters of Moment, and major novels.

Married to Dorrie, two sons, Paul and Leigh and daughter Mandy, born in Ibiza.

 

Mike Cunningham

Mike Cunningham was born in Blaydon, County Durham and believes that Newcastle-upon-Tyne is the Centre of the Known Universe and the Cradle of Civilisation. He spent seven years in the Merchant Navy and lived overseas for seventeen years before returning to the UK to settle. Still in love with his wife, he has three grown up children of whom he is inordinately proud. His other love is classical music.

 

Anthony Durnford

‘Antony Durnford’ is the pen name of someone who has spent much of his career as an international management consultant. His work as a manager in textiles, plastics and airlines and as a consultant has taken him to many countries across the world.

Though he has written a number of successful business books this is his first novel. It is based on first hand knowledge of the locations and the people in the story.

 

Paul Ward

Paul Ward has been writing for 9 years but only recently has enjoyed some success being published in over a dozen magazines over the last year. He has recently completed his Diploma in English and works at a major bank as a day job. Outside writing, he is an active Christian and plays badminton and cricket when he can. His single greatest advisor is his 11 year old cat!

 

Sarah James

Sarah James is a nom de plume for a man happily married to a computer (plus one other). Tea Break Stories are character led fiction cut and pasted from real people who he’s had the privilege of meeting when he has to work to pay the mortgage, car, electricity etc. bills… more bills. Now he writes everyday to try to make sufficient to satisfy the grandchildren’s wheeling and dealing to get Granddad to LEND them cash.

 

Julian Barritt

Julian was born in Cornwall in 1957. He lived in Brighton from 1965-90, and during that time he wrote for Sussex Country Weekly and other publications. The Secret of the Mermaid’s Treasure was also written during this period. His job in Customs & Excise took him down to Southampton in 1990, and he married his wife Gillian a year later. Julian has a Degree in Communication Studies, and for the past ten he has been Editor of Areopagus Magazine, a publication for Christian writers.

 

Margaret Irwin

Margaret Irwin came to prominence in the early '30s with a string of best selling histiorical novels but also wrote a number of various other books: mysteries, thrillers etc. Her books have been largely ignored in recent years and many are out of print.

With the recent TV documentary on the life of Elizabeth I, it is hoped there may be a revival of interest in these wonderful novels.

 


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