Sandy Barker is an Australian writer, traveller and hopeful romantic with a lengthy bucket list and a cheeky sense of humour. Many of Sandy’s travel adventures have found homes in her writing, including her debut novel, a contemporary romance set in Greece, which was inspired by her true-life love story.
In 2018, Sandy and her partner left Australia for a year’s sabbatical, living and working in Asia, America and Europe. They have now returned to Melbourne.
Christie Barlow is the bestselling author of feel-good romantic comedy. Her writing career came as somewhat of a surprise when she decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. The book she wrote to prove a point became an Amazon #1 bestseller in the UK, USA & Australia.
Christie’s seventh novel, A Home at Honeysuckle Farm, was published in the summer of 2018 by HarperImpulse.
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.
Vicki Beeby writes historical fiction about the friendships and loves of service women brought together by the Second World War.
She started her working life as a civil engineer. Her first job was on a sewage treatment project, so things could only improve from there.
In her free time, when she can drag herself away from reading, she enjoys walking and travelling to far-off places by train. She lives in Shropshire in a house that doesn’t contain nearly enough bookshelves.
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.
Elaine Burelli is from Benoni in South Africa and loves writing about complicated relationships and issues of identity in authentic historical settings. A master’s degree in South African History and a doctorate in Cultural studies are the springboard for her writing.
Elaine currently works as a Remedial teacher at St Dunstan’s College, teaching literacy skills to young children.
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.
Damien Cifelli has a masters degree in Architecture from Edinburgh University but his passion is writing. He has won a The Telegraph ‘Just Back’ travel writing competition, as well as The Skinny’s Travel Writing Competition. He has just completed his first novel, Inver, set on a remote Scottish Island.
Damien is also a painter who has exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy, an illustrator and jewellery designer.
As a journalist working for women’s magazines, Andreina has made a career of interviewing people with extraordinary lives and sharing their stories, as well as reviewing books for national publications. She
writes emotional thrillers for young adults.
Andreina lives on the Dorset coast, where she reads voraciously, watches YouTubers with increasing fascination and swims in the sea as often as she can.
Christina Courtenay is an award-winning author of historical romance and time slip stories. She has had 11 novels published and has won the RNA’s Romantic Novel of the Year Award for Best Historical Romantic Novel twice with Highland Storms (2012) and The Gilded Fan (2014), both published by Choc Lit.
Christina is half Swedish and grew up in Sweden. She has also lived in Japan and Switzerland, but is now based in Herefordshire. She’s a keen amateur genealogist and loves history and archaeology (the armchair variety).
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.
Daniel Culver is an author and editor from Essex, interested in the gritty, often dysfunctional aspects of crime and the psychology of criminal behaviour.
A former youth worker, much of his writing is inspired by the disaffected young people he has worked with. (And the even more dysfunctional people he’s related to).
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.
Sharon Dempsey’s writing career began in journalism. Her foray into fiction began with crime debut Little Bird (Bloodhound Books), followed by A Posy of Promises and My Virtual Life. She’s also had several short stories published. Sharon is currently working on a new crime series and a standalone thriller.
Sharon facilitates therapeutic creative writing classes for people affected by cancer and other health challenges, and tutors creative writing at Queen’s University Belfast.
Rachel Dove is writer and teacher, living in West Yorkshire with her husband, two sons, and furry pets. She writes rom-coms and hard-hitting women’s fiction.
In July 2015, Rachel won the Prima magazine and Mills & Boon Flirty Fiction Competition, with The Chic Boutique on Baker Street, landing a publishing deal. She was also the winner of the Writers Bureau Writer of the Year Award in 2016. Since then she has had several books published by HQ Digital and Manatee.
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.
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.
Fiona Leitch is a novelist and screenwriter with a chequered past. She’s written for football and motoring magazines, DJ’ed at illegal raves and been a stalwart of low budget TV commercials in New Zealand. She’s finally settled on the sunny south coast of the UK (for now), where she dreams of living in a Venetian palazzo whilst scaring her cats by trying out dialogue on them.
Her debut novel, the dark romantic comedy Dead in Venice was published by Audible as one of their Crime Grant finalists, while her romantic comedy screenplay ‘Parliamentary Affairs’ was recently optioned by a producer in LA. She enjoys writing funny, flawed but awesome female characters, and drinking tea.
Ann Lee is a writer, librarian, and book nerd with a love of all things fantasy. Her first work is a YA fantasy novel about people who hunt origami monsters.
Though London is now her home, she spent several years in Chiba, Japan, living in a rickety apartment block next to a rail station, where the rush of the midnight train would make the walls shake. She flies back and forth between England and Japan when she can.
When not writing, she is often studying, gaming, or dreaming about writing.
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
Glynis Peters lives in the coastal town of Dovercourt, near the port of Harwich, Essex. In 2014 she was shortlisted for the Festival of Romance New Talent Award.
Her novel The Secret Orphan, set during the Second World War, will be published by HarperImpulse in late 2018.
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.
Douglas Skelton began his writing career in journalism, then penned a number of highly regarded non-fiction titles on crime and criminal history, including co-authoring an examination of a notorious miscarriage of justice. He moved into fiction in 2013 and has produced a string of fast-paced crime thrillers. His Davie McCall book, Open Wounds, was nominated for the McIlvanney Award in 2016.
Douglas is often called to comment on criminal matters for TV and radio.
Lucy Saxon is 24 and lives in Hertfordshire – when she’s not off playing cowgirl in rural Arkansas, USA. Diagnosed with CFS at the age of 12, she discovered writing while frequently bed-bound and soon began creating fantasy worlds to escape the boredom. She writes YA, and firmly denies no longer being part of that demographic.
When not writing, Lucy can be found petting as many dogs as possible, raging at her sewing machine, or somewhere at comic-con. She also enjoys baking, especially when she’s on deadline and should be working instead.
Gill Stewart writes contemporary women’s fiction. She also writes YA under the name Gill-Marie Stewart. She is currently working on her contemporary YA romance, Lily’s Just Fine, due to be published by Sweet Cherry Publishing.
Gill lives in the Scottish Highlands with her husband and assorted animals.
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.
D. E. White started writing by scribbling ideas on napkins at work on the night shift. After various jobs, including working as cabin crew, in a hospital, a supermarket, and as a 999 call handler for the ambulance service, she began writing full time in 2018.
She writes cosy crime, including the Amazon bestselling Ruby Baker Mysteries, (Joffe Books), and psychological thrillers (HarperCollins’ HQ digital), the most recent of which is The Forgotten Child.
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.