Celia enjoys reading novels with multiple threads and a bit of mystery thrown in so it's no surprise those are the kinds of stories she loves to write. She says " Life is a complex mix of dark and light, funny and sad. Sometimes they happen all at the same time. I write about people with all their quirks and foibles. My themes are salt and sour, bitter and sweet because life's like that." She began writing short stories for a UK women's magazine but, although she still enjoys the genre, she admits she can't quite fit all my ideas into the short story form. She always seem to have several plot outlines in the pipeline before settling down to concentrate on her current work in progress. She says " I have to admit it, I'm slow. I have a neurological condition called CRPS brought about when I was knocked down by a careless driver. On low pain days I write as much as I can. My characters are paramount in all my work. I want my readers to care about what happens to them. My settings are important, too, and I prefer to set my plots and people in areas I know well. I write in my maiden name. I thought it was a good idea at the time to have an unusual surname. I hadn't a clue how awkward it would prove to be fitting it on the front cover! In 2018 I published my only (so far) non-fiction book aimed at older women who find themselves in a toxic relationship. I'm happy to answer queries about emotional and psychological abuse through my Celia Micklefield website and by Messenger on my Facebook author page."
Patricia M Osborne was born in Liverpool and spent time in Bolton as a child. She now lives in West Sussex. Apart from novel writing, Patricia writes poetry and short fiction. Her poetry and short stories have been published in various literary magazines and anthologies. She has an MA in Creative Writing with University of Brighton. House of Grace is her debut novel. Patricia is currently working on the next book in the House of Grace series, ‘The Coal Miner’s Son.’ She anticipates this being published in 2019.
Patricia M Osborne
Tania Crosse was born in London and lived in Banbury Street, Battersea, the setting of her two latest novels, The Candle Factory Girl and The Street of Broken Dreams. But when she was five, the family moved to Surrey where her love of the countryside took root. She later graduated with a degree in French Literature but did not have time to indulge her lifetime passion for writing stories until her own family had grown up.
Side by side with her meticulous historical research and love of Dartmoor, she began penning her novels set in that area from Victorian times to the 1950s, all based closely on local history. In 2014, she completed her Devonshire series with her tenth traditionally published novel, Teardrops in the Moon, before taking her writing career in a new direction with four sagas set in London and the south east, published by Aria Fiction. Tania is particularly excited about her latest story as the heroine is a dancer, and dance, in particular ballet, has been one of her life-time passions. Like her heroine, she once danced solo on stage at Wimbledon Theatre so knows first-hand what a thrill that would have been.
Tania and her husband have lived in a tiny village on the Hampshire/Berkshire border since 1976. They have three grown-up children and two grandchildren. Tania was shortlisted for the area Sue Ryder Women of Achievement Award 2009 and her brother is famous thriller writer, Terence Strong.
Liz Hinds describes herself as "a golden-retriever-loving granny, who enjoys walking by the sea or in the woods, who eats too much chocolate and gets over-excited when the Welsh team plays rugby." She is an experienced freelance writer as well as the author of several non-fiction books published by Hodder & Stoughton, Scripture Union and Kevin Mayhew. She has self-published two novels, 'This Time Last Year' and 'The Dog-walking Club.'
Isabella Muir is the author of a popular crime series – the Sussex Crime Mysteries. The stories are set in the sixties and seventies and feature a young librarian and amateur sleuth, Janie Juke, who has a passion for Agatha Christie. All that Janie has learned from her hero, Hercule Poirot, she is able to put into action as she sets off to solve a series of crimes and mysteries.
Shirley Goodrum lives in Hartbeespoort, South Africa, where she writes stories, bakes delicious brownies, and watches magnificent sunsets. Writing and her family are her passions. She also loves burying her nose in a good book, knocking down walls and renovating houses, travelling off the tourist track, watching tennis (especially if Rafa Nadal is playing), walking on beaches and is addicted to chocolates. A newspaper cutting, found in her late mother's deed box, was the inspiration of her first novel, 'Baggage in a B Cup.' There's a host of stories in the deed box and more books to come.