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 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
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.
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 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
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 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.
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 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 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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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 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 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
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.
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
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 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, 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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
His death was commemorated
by the BBC by an hour long programme broadcast on the 15th
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
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.
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 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 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 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
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
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 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
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
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, 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 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.
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.
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.
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
Raymond Clark is
a pen name.
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
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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
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.
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
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
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.
Various authors, some international
and previously published; others showing their first work.
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 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.
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 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 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'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, 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 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
Married to Dorrie, two sons, Paul and
Leigh and daughter Mandy, born in Ibiza.
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
‘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
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 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 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 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 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
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.