Maxine Barry writes contemporary romantic fiction, often set in exotic locations and featuring feisty heroines.
Maxine’s backlist, including Imposter in Paradise, Heart of Fire and The Lying Game, are being reissued by Corazon Books.
Amanda Brittany is the bestselling author of twisty psychological thrillers. Her debut, Her Last Lie has so far raised over £7,000 for Cancer Research UK, from her eBook royalties.
Amanda loves walking her dogs, eating cake, and travelling. She is published by HQ
Sylvia Broady writes historical sagas set in the Yorkshire city of Hull. She has family both in Hull and Australia. Travelling to shores, both near and far, is often on agenda. Her grandchildren and zest for life keeps her young at heart.
Sylvia’s book The Lost Daughter is out November 2018, from Allison & Busby.
Dennis Carey writes contemporary and historical fiction. Though based in Northamptonshire, his writing has a strong Irish influence and provides cause to return to his native Ireland as often as possible.
In 2016 Henry started the Coastal Exploration Company, taking people on expeditions through the wilderness of the North Norfolk marshes.
Lesley Cookman is the author of The Libby Sarjeant Mysteries. She is also the author of The Alexandrians Trilogy, and a former Editor and feature writer. She
has also written seven pantomimes and a book on how to do it!
She lives on the Kent Coast with an occasional returning child and two cats.
Lucy Cruickshanks’ novels have been shortlisted for the Author’s Club Best First Novel Award and Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize, named a Top Ten Book of the Year by The Bookbag, and featured widely in the press.
A great fan of the underdog, she’s drawn to people and places grappling with political instability, writing about societies at their most precarious and fraught with risk.
Lucy is also cofounder of Bookaxe, a startup which uses AI to connect likeminded readers, with users from over 100 countries. You can find her chatting all things books on YouTube.
Anita Davison writes historical fiction, including Royalist Rebel, Pen & Sword.
Anita’s latest novels are the Flora Maguire Mysteries, an Edwardian Cosy Mystery series published by Aria Fiction: the first release is Flora’s Secret set on an Atlantic Steamship in 1900. Followed by Betrayal at Cleeve Abbey, A Knightsbridge Scandal and The Forgotten Children. The fifth book in the series is out in November 2018.
Helena Dixon writes classic 1930’s set cosy crime. She is also a best selling multi-award winning author of romantic fiction as Nell Dixon.
A two time winner of the Romantic Novelist’s RONA Rose award, she has a passion for architecture, history and art. A registered nurse, midwife and health visitor, she works in end of life and advanced dementia care.
Lesley Eames writes historical sagas set in the early twentieth century. Her awards include the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Elizabeth Goudge Cup and the Festival of Romance’s New Talent Award. Her first book, The Runaway Women in London was shortlisted in the UK Romantic Novel Awards. She has also sold almost 100 short stories.
Lesley’s previous careers include solicitor, event organiser, and Marketing and Fundraising Development Manager for a national charity. In addition to her own writing, she provides mentoring and editing services to other writers.
Born and raised in the US, Michelle Houghton has worked as a biomedical research scientist, a Russian linguist, owned a restaurant, lived in Germany and Turkey. She now lives in England. Some might say Michelle never knew what she wanted to be when she grew up. Having at last grown up, she knows she loves writing for young people.
When Michelle isn’t writing middle grade or YA historical novels, she’s researching Anglo Saxon England and visiting historical sites. She is a member of Leicester Writers’ Club and the Historical Novel Society.
Michael Hollows is a writer and lecturer from London. He writes in many genres including historical fiction for HarperCollins, with his debut Goodbye for Now published in 2018 and a second novel in progress, science fiction and fantasy, as well as tie-in fiction for Black Library (Games Workshop) and others.
He is currently researching towards a PhD in creative writing at Liverpool John Moores University, where he also graduated from an MA in writing.
Gemma Jackson describes herself as a crazy Irish nomad. She is the author of the Ivy Rose series, factually based fiction about the Dublin Tenements in the 1920s.
Gemma is currently writing a new series to be published by Poolbeg.
Born and brought up in Jersey (Channel Island, not New), Naomi moved to London in 2010 after studying English and Music at Durham University.
Naomi is a thriller writer currently working on her debut novel and can be found running, then giving up and walking, in a park near you, or spending future royalties on ridiculous things like chocolate-covered lingonberries.
Nina Kaye is a romantic comedy author who writes fast-paced, entertaining reads with a deeper edge. Nina started writing her first novel when she was 17 (locked in her room, supposedly studying). It was a short-lived experience that ended as soon as Nina’s exams did, but the dream of writing never left her.
Nina lives in Edinburgh with her husband and much adored side-kick, James. In addition to writing, Nina enjoys swimming, gin and karaoke (preferably all enjoyed together in a sunny, seaside destination).
Casey King is a crime writer and crime fighter. Casey is from Cork, Ireland. With a Diploma in Policing Studies, Casey has ventured into writing police procedurals, as well as providing consultation for other crime writers. Casey loves motivating those who have the will and potential to write; there is always a way. Casey has also been known to turn her hand to poetry, plays and short stories. Her Certificate in Human Resources Management may come in handy one day, along with the Script Writing course she has completed.
Casey is currently working on a sequel to her debut novel. When not writing, she loves dancing, reading, art, meeting friends and has been known to mix up a mean cocktail.
Since Louise Kulup received a typewriter for her seventh birthday, she has been obsessed with writing. She is a native north Londoner, and spent over ten years working in the City.
She now lives just outside of London with her husband and two toddlers, and tries to squeeze in writing Middle Grade fiction between episodes of Peppa Pig.
Jane Lovering is an award winning author of romantic comedies.
In 2012 Please Don’t Stop the Music, published by Choc Lit, won Romantic Novel of the Year and was shortlisted for the Melissa Nathan prize.
Jane’s latest novel, Christmas Secrets by the Sea is out now, from Farrago.
Faith Martin has been writing for over 25 years. She is the Kindle bestselling author of the 17 book DI Hilary Greene series, reissued by Joffe Books, as well as the new bestselling Ryder and Loveday Oxford-based mystery series for HarperCollins’ HQ digital.
Andie Newton is an American writer living in Washington State with her husband and two boys. She writes female-driven WWII historical fiction and middle grade ghost stories.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in History from Washington State University and a Master in Teaching. She would love to say she spends her free time gardening and cooking, but she’s killed everything she’s ever planted and set off more fire alarms than she cares to admit. Andie does, however, love spending time with her family, ultra trail running, traveling the world, and drinking copious amounts of coffee.
Bella Osborne’s stories are about friendship, love and coping with what life throws at you. She has written four romantic comedies and been shortlisted twice for the RNA Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year Award. Her fifth novel, A Walk in Wildflower Park, will be out summer 2019.
Bella lives in The Midlands, UK with her husband, daughter and a cat who thinks she’s a dog. When not writing Bella is usually eating custard creams and planning holidays.
Evan Ostryzniuk is the author of a historical fiction series, featuring wannabe knight Geoffrey Hotspur, published by Endeavour Media.
Evan grew up in Canada and attended Cambridge University, where he earned a PhD in History. He currently works for the BBC. Evan is working on a new series of historical detective novels set during the early years of the Spanish Inquisition, following special papal investigator Serafino Tucci di Salerno
Alex Shaw is a member of the International Thriller Writers organisation and the Crime Writers Association. His bestselling Aidan Snow SAS thrillers Cold Blood, Cold Black and Cold East are published by HarperCollins UK (HQ Digital) in English and Luzifer Verlag in German. Alex has also written numerous short stories and novellas.
Alex and his family are currently expats dividing their time between homes in Ukraine, England and Qatar.
C.A. Steed is a writer, teacher and aspiring dog owner. She lives in Glasgow with her husband and son. She has also resided in Aberdeen and Dublin, and hopes one day to live somewhere with less rain.
Her work has been published by New Writing Scotland, Boudicca Press and Barren Magazine. Her mother would like her to write something more cheerful.
Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang
Rhiannon was born and grew up in Yorkshire, read Oriental Studies (Chinese) at Oxford, and is a non-practising lawyer. Her work focuses on historical and cultural fault lines, and contains strong international themes.
Her latest novel was The Last Vicereine, was published by Penguin Random House in 2017. She is the 2018 winner of the Nottingham Writers’ Studio Writer of the Year award.
Manchester born best-selling author Maggie Sullivan has so far published two Coronation Street prequels following the early lives of the much loved Corrie characters.
Maggie also writes non fiction, romantic fiction, sagas and heartwarming short stories. She loves to travel and is an avid reader, never going without her Kindle. She is a long standing member of Romantic Novelists’ Association. After living abroad for several years, she settled in London where she still lives.
Helen Watts writes historical fiction for children. Her debut novel One Day in Oradour (Bloomsbury, 2014) was nominated for the 2014 CILIP Carnegie Medal for an Outstanding Book for Children.
Helen regularly runs creative writing workshops in schools and libraries and, when she is not working, loves walking in the Vale of Evesham where she now lives.
Kerry Watts is the author of crime thrillers which often have mental health issues at the heart of the story. This comes from her experience of working with people with mental health problems in acute and community settings. When she’s not writing she devours true crime books and TV shows which has given her an unsettling amount of knowledge on serial killers and their lives.
She is the author of the Detective Jessie Blake series, set in Perthshire, published by Bookouture.
Joma West is a third culture writer whose work straddles both fantasy and science fiction.
Growing up bouncing between countries has given her work a certain displaced flavour and you can see many African and Asian influences in her writing.
Joma’s novella, Wild, won the 2016 MMU novella award, and was published by Sandstone Press. She has had short stories published in various anthologies. She lives in Glasgow.
Simon Whaley is a writer, author and photographer. He is the bestselling author of One Hundred Ways For A Dog To Train Its Human. His crime caper Dead Heading in the Borders is currently out on submission.
In addition to writing several books, Simon regularly has articles and short stories published in various publications.
Fiona Woodifield was born and brought up in sunny Dorset, near the sea. She loves dog walks in the fresh, salty air, contemporary dance, being with friends and family, wallowing in the evocative land of reading, writing and eating chocolate, which she find helps greatly with the latter.
Fiona is a Jane Austen fan and writes contemporary romantic comedies.
Janet Woods is a popular author of historical women’s fiction. Born and raised in Dorset, she now lives in Western Australia. Janet is the author of Daughter of Darkness which won the mainstream section of Romantic Novel of the Year in Australia in 2002.
Janet is a life member of The Society of Women Writers, Western Australia, and was nominated for the ‘Alice’, an award in recognition of outstanding achievement. She has been published by Robert Hale, Simon & Schuster, and currently, Severn House.