Faulkner was born into a family of petty criminals in Herne Hill, South London, his father and elder brothers running with the notorious Richardson gang in the 60s-80s, and at this point we must point out that he did not follow in that family tradition although the characters he met and their escapades he witnessed have added a certain authenticity to his books. His mother was a fashion model who had great theatrical aspirations for young Faulkner and pushed him into auditioning for the Morley Academy of Dramatic Art at the Elephant and Castle, where he was accepted but only lasted three months before being asked to leave as no visible talent had surfaced. His early writing career was as a copywriter with the major US advertising agency Erwin Wasey Ruthrauff & Ryan in Paddington, during which time he got lucky with some light entertainment scripts sent to the BBC and Independent Television and became a script editor and writer on a freelance basis, working on most of the LE shows of the 1980-90s and as personal writer to Bob Monkhouse, Tom O’Connor and others. During that period, while living out of a suitcase in UK hotels for a lot of the time, he filled many notebooks with DCS Palmer case plots and in 2015 he finally found time to start putting them in order and into book form. Six are finished and published so far, with more to come. He hopes you enjoy reading them as much as he enjoyed writing them. Faulkner is a member of ALLI and publishes a blog about the ‘geezers’ of his youth, the criminals and their heists. It goes in depth about the Krays, Brinks Mat, ‘Nipper’ Read and all the other major heists and who ‘dun ‘em’.
Faulkner is a popular speaker, often to be found on Crime Panels at the smaller Literary Festivals. He now lives in the glorious Forest of Dean with his wife and three dogs.
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Nicola Slade has been a Brown Owl and an antiques dealer, and once lived in Cairo for a year. Her published novels include a romantic comedy, Scuba Dancing, three Victorian mysteries featuring young Victorian widow, Charlotte Richmond, and three contemporary mysteries about recently-retired headmistress, Harriet Quigley, and her clergyman cousin, Canon Sam Hathaway. Her eighth novel, The House at Ladywell, a contemporary romance with historical echoes, came out in November 2017. Nicola’s family is now grown up and she lives with her husband near Winchester in Hampshire.
Karen Clark is a true Renaissance woman with a vast career as an Italian-trained fashion designer, litigation paralegal, carpenter and wood floor mechanic to concert promoter, personal historian, landscape designer and IT/Word Processor at the ad agency that brought you the Pet Rock, just to name a few of her adventures. Like most midlife women who have gone through the “Change,” she now spends her time on artistic activities such as writing and spending time with her grandchildren—and yelling at politicians on television.
Singing in Silence is her debut novel. Her next book is NestQuest, her memoir of the twelve years it took to write this historical novel while suffering a brain injury from workplace bullying which led to homelessness at age sixty and her continuing quest to find a home. Her journey led to wanting to know more about the history of her brave ancestor’s quest for a home in America, culminating in driving herself through England, Ireland and Scotland in 2015. That journey revealed Mayflower ancestors, including the pilot of that famous voyage and her ten-times great grandmother who was one of the original Separatists and the aunt of Plymouth Governor William Bradford.
Marilyn has always worked in I.T. but at the age of 40 she decided she wanted to exercise the creative side of her brain and so attended Warwick University as a mature, part-time student. Over a 17-year period she gained a BA, MA and PhD. During her research for her thesis, "Glimpses of Utopia and Dystopia in Victorian Fairylands", Marilyn “discovered” Mary De Morgan, a writer of fairy tales, amongst many things. She became somewhat obsessed with the feisty, never-married female and wrote her biography ("Out of the Shadows: The Life and Works of Mary De Morgan"). Despite Marilyn's intensive research there were still many gaps in her knowledge, so she decided to write a fictional novel based on Mary De Morgan’s life - the result being "The Jewel Garden."
Anne Stenhouse writes dialogue rich historical romance with humour and a touch of thematic mystery. Having written several one-act plays, Anne enjoys creating a 'scene' and loves the snap of dialogue in the battle of the sexes. She has written serials for People's Friend, short stories and short non-fiction.
L G Dickson retired in 2015 after a thirty plus year career in government as a policy adviser/ speechwriter. She joined Skriva writing school in Edinburgh shortly afterwards and published her first novel The Confirmation with Matador in 2017. She loves all things literary, particularly books that reference her home city. Muriel Spark and Alexander McCall Smith are favourite authors and she loves Persephone books !
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Jacqueline Farrell lives in the North West of England where she works part-time as a teacher of English. She has been writing since the age of eighteen, but her first book – a historical romance - was published at the age of 45. She has since had five books published, by traditional publishers, e-book publishers and by self-publishing. Two of her books are historical romances, three are paranormal romances and she is currently working on a trilogy of alternative fiction books, set in the modern day but where the Roman Empire never fell and slaves, gladiators and circuses still exist alongside computers and cars.'
A prize-winning author, Helena Halme writes contemporary Nordic fiction and is a former BBC journalist, bookseller and magazine editor. Originally from Finland where she gained an MSc in Marketing, she also holds an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and writes in English. She has published seven fiction titles and one non-fiction book, Write Your Story: Turn Your Life Into Fiction in 10 Easy Steps.
Helena acts as Nordic Ambassador for the Alliance of Independent Authors and helps other writers publish and market their books.
Carolyn has been a psychologist, a paramedic, a proof reader, a patisseur and several other things, not all of them beginning with P. She began writing the day she decided to try and see the world...doing both just to find out if she could. When excerpts from her first travelogue were published by the Rough Guides she decided to keep on doing both. It made a change from teaching CPR to nightclub bouncers and designing wedding cakes.Carolyn maintains that she is either multi-faceted or easily bored, depending on who is enquiring. She has taken a break from writing about being a Brit in North America since Queenie, Carolyn's first fictional
character, popped into her head and accidentally became a trilogy.
Karen Musser Nortman began writing the Frannie Shoemaker Campground mysteries after 22 years of teaching and 18 years in test development for ACT. In 2014, she started The Time Travel Trailer series about a vintage camper trailer that turns out to be a time portal. Her books have been designated IndieBRAGMedallion honorees, Chanticleer CLUE award finalists, and a First-in-Category winner in the Chanticleer Paranormal 2015 Awards. She is an avid reader, camper, gardener, and scrapbooker, as well as a volunteer in numerous community activities. She has three children, eight grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.re ...
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Ann Richardson has been a writer for many years. She is fascinated by other people’s thoughts, experiences and emotions and loves to write books where they can express their views from the heart and in their own words. She writes on different subjects that capture her interest, intended for a general audience. Ann previously worked as a self-employed researcher and writer in the areas of health and social care, preparing books, reports and articles for professionals in these fields. American by birth, Ann lives in London, England, with her English husband. She has two children, also living in London, and two grandsons.
Linda was born in a tiny town in west Texas. After a life in and around the Dallas, Texas and Tampa, Florida areas, she retired to another tiny town in east Texas. She describes herself as a life-begins-at-50-girl. She received her Bachelor’s Degree at 51, found new love at 52, learned to ride a motorcycle at 56, and published her first book after she began collecting Social Security. After years as a family caregiver, Linda began to write as a way of helping herself and others deal with the pain and frustration of their tasks. A Long and Winding Road, her first memoir about Alzheimer’s caregiving and life on the road in a motor home, was published in 2014. A follow up memoir called Mom’s Long Good-Bye will be released in July, 2018. Now that her parents are eternally healed, she writes for a local newspaper about life in the country, her feral Kitty, and her amazingly patient husband David. She has also ventured into fiction. Tatia’s Tattoo, a Christian novel about sex trafficking in small-town America, will be released in July, 2018...