Anita Faulkner writes warm and fuzzy romcoms from her upcycled bureau near the glorious Cotswolds.
Described by her agent Kate Nash as ‘a sparkling new voice,’ Anita is still pinching herself that her second novel, The Gingerbread Cafe, was published by Sphere in October 2022.
Most days you’ll find Anita surrounded by shiny objects, big dreams and an abundance of chocolate wrappers which can’t possibly all be hers. When she’s not being bossed around by a small human or running her copywriting empire, Anita loves sharing her journey and cheering you on with yours.
Sheila Forsey began writing when she took a course in creative writing in Maynooth University and wrote her first novel – Mending lace. Since then she has written three historical fiction novels Kilbride House, The Secret of Eveline House and The Lake House at Lenashee, all published by Poolbeg Press.
With a love for the stage she has written some short plays and was a finalist for Scripts Festival, Ireland’s playwriting festival. She has one leg firmly set in a different era and is passionate about bringing the stories of the past especially Ireland’s past into the light. When she is not writing she facilities workshops in creative writing in adult education and in schools. She has recently completed a postgraduate course in Trinity College Dublin exploring culture and creativity.
She loves rambling through woods, abandoned houses, old graveyards and ruins searching for stories like a magpie. She lives in the sunny south east of Ireland near the sea with her family and is constantly talking about becoming a sea swimmer, getting to grips with decluttering and giving up
Felicity George is the historical romance pen name of author Elizabeth Welke.
When not writing happily-ever-afters in the persona of Felicity, Elizabeth is a Georgian-era social historian and former teacher in Toronto, where she lives with her husband, her two teenage children, and a mischievous squirrel-chaser named Scout.
Katie Ginger lives by the sea in the south-east of England and, apart from holidays to very hot places where you can sit by a pool and drink cocktails as big as your head, she wouldn’t really want to be anywhere else. When she’s not writing funny, feel-good romances or murderous cosy mysteries, Katie spends her time with her family and their dogs: Wotsit, the King Charles spaniel, and Skips, the three-legged rescue dog. (And yes, they are both named after crisps!)
Paul started his career as a biologist. After gaining a PhD in molecular biology, he worked in laboratories in Manchester and Toronto, before retraining as a science teacher. Along the way he had spells as the world’s most over-qualified receptionist and spent time working for a major bank, ensuring that terrorists, foreign dictators and other international ne’er do wells hadn’t embarrassed the institution by managing to deposit their ill-gotten gains in a Children’s Trust Fund.
Paul’s final school reports from primary school said that he would never achieve anything if his handwriting didn’t improve. A somewhat kinder note urged him to become the next Roald Dahl. If anything his handwriting has got worse and unless Mr Dahl also wrote police procedurals under a pseudonym, he has failed on both counts.
Emma writes historical crime fiction about forgotten women of the past. You can often find her on weekends exploring her local area and uncovering lost history.
Hannah Hendy lives in a small town in South Wales with her long suffering wife and two spoilt cats. A professional chef by trade, she started writing to fill the time between shifts. She is the author of the cosy crime series, The Dinner Lady Detectives, published by Canelo Crime.
Born and raised in the US, Michelle Houghton has worked as a biomedical research scientist, a Russian linguist, owned a restaurant, and 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.
Award-winning author Suzie Hull lives in Northern Ireland with her family and numerous rescue cats. In 2022, her debut novel, In This Foreign Land, won the RNA’s Joan Hessayon Award.
As a child she dreamt of being a ballet dancer but instead trained as a Montessori Nursery teacher and has spent the last thirty years working with children in a variety of settings. Suzie has always had an enduring passion for reading and history.
Janet Hunter is a writer of historical fiction and is drawn to mysteries left behind in the past. Her debut novel, set in 19th Century Devon, is inspired by her own family history.
Originally from Essex, Janet has had a varied career which has taken her to Ibiza, Lanzarote, Disney World, Yosemite National Park, Heffer’s Bookshop and the House of Commons. She now lives in Buckinghamshire and works for The Open University. She has four degrees including Masters of Arts in History and Creative Writing.
Author of the best-selling A Mistletoe Miracle and contender for the Joan Hessayon Award 2020, Emma has been a devoted bookworm and secret-story-scribbler since she was 6 years old. When she’s not running around after her two daughters and trying to complete her current work-in-progress, Emma loves to read, bake, catch up on binge-watching TV programmes with her partner and plan lots of craft projects that will inevitably end up unfinished. Emma is also a host on the SFFRomCast, a podcast dedicated to celebrating fantasy and SF romance.
Emma is the author of romantic comedies Summer in the City, One Kiss Before Christmas and Sleepless in Sicily. Her next book, Witch You Weren’t Here, a witchy romcom full of misbehaving magic is due for release in October 2023.
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.
Daisy studied Drama at university before pursuing a career as a primary teacher. She now works in sales for an educational publisher from her home in Kent. When she’s not plotting her next book, she loves nothing more than cocooning herself in blankets and tackling her TBR pile.
Daisy was longlisted for the Times Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition and the Cheshire Novel Award. Her short story was featured in Searchlight Award’s 2022 Anthology and her writing has also been featured in Write Mentor’s magazine.
Daisy writes speculative fiction and is currently working on her debut novel.
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 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 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. She 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.
Hannah Kingsley is a fully fledged book nerd who writes YA and Adult fantasy and contemporary, and is a total sucker for an enemies-to-lovers romance.
In addition to writing, she has spent time masquerading as an analyst in the corporate world and runs a special edition book business. She lives with her husband in a house with books on every surface, but the king of their house/library is their three-legged cat, Billy.
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, There’s No Place Like Home, came out in January 2023 and was published by Boldwood.
Leonie Mack is an author of romantic comedies with great international locations and big feelings. She loves a happy ending and shares that love in every book she writes! Her titles take readers across Italy and as far as the Caribbean. Leonie is a journalism graduate, a language nut and loves to travel, particularly on foot, by bike and by train. After growing up in Australia and living most of her adult life in London, she now lives in Germany, among the vineyards on the Main river.
Michelle Mackenzie is an author of children’s books, including picture books and young adult fiction. From a toddler through to adulthood, books have been a permanent part of her day-to-day life. Her children and faith inspired her writing. Michelle wants to keep books alive in a world that needs escapism and wishes to bring joy to her readers through her books.
As well as writing, she runs a ‘Meet the Author’ programme on Instagram, which has been a great addition to her author career. Michelle is a full-time writer living in Scotland with her husband, two girls and two cats.
Faith Martin has been writing for over 25 years. She is the bestselling author of the 20 book DI Hilary Greene series, reissued by Joffe Books, as well as the bestselling Ryder and Loveday Oxford-based mystery series for HarperCollins’ HQ Digital.
Jenny lives in Crowborough, the home of Winnie the Pooh and an outrageous number of charity shops. She loves a moral dilemma, and writes high-concept crime novels that explore deep philosophical questions like, ‘How much would I have to pay you to eat a human toe?’
She has a PhD in Cognitive Psychology and works as a Behavioural Scientist. When not reading or writing, she enjoys galloping around the Ashdown Forest on a horse, foraging for mushrooms, and getting way too intense about board games at the pub.