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."
Rosemary Noble lives in West Sussex and worked as an education librarian. Books have been her life, ever since she walked into a library at 5 years old and found a treasure trove. Her other love is social history. She got hooked on family history before retirement and discovered so many stories that deserved to be told.
Her first book, Search for the Light, tells the story of three young girls transported to Australia in 1824. Friendship sustains them through the horrors of the journey and their enforced service in Tasmania. The Digger’s Daughter tells of the next generation of gold-diggers and a pioneering woman who lives almost through the first hundred years in Victoria. The third in the trilogy, Sadie’s Wars takes the reader to the fourth generation and into the twentieth century. The trilogy is based on the author’s family. It tells of secrecy and lies, of determination and grit and how all can be done or undone by luck.
Rosemary is a member of CHINDI independent authors and is involved in literary events in and around Chichester. She also loves to travel, especially to Australia and Europe and not least, she loves spending time with her grandchildren, one of who is a budding author herself.
Geraldine Ward is a writer, author and mother who has self published a number of books including a novella about mental health, ‘Caring for the Carer’, children’s poetry and fiction including most recently ‘Mark’s Magic Farmyard and Other Stories’ and adult short fiction and poetry. She has also had individual poems published in presses such as ‘The Blue Nib’ edited by Shirley Bell, ‘I am not a silent piet’ edited by Reuben Woolley and ‘Writers Cafe Magazine’ edited by Marie Lightman. In her spare time she likes to play the piano and is learning the ukulele.
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.
Elizabeth Ellis grew up in Hertfordshire, has lived in various corners of England and spent several years in France. She has worked in education and now runs a community writing group and art gallery. She is married with three daughters.
The Place Where Love Should Be is her second novel.
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...
Samantha Henthorn was born in 1970 something in Bury near Manchester UK. She has been writing full time since 2014. She had poetry and short stories published in magazines, but now focuses her energies on writing uplifting and humorous books. She has Four books available 'Piccalilly' 'Quirky Tales to Make Your Day' '1962' and more recently, 'Curmudgeon Avenue, (The Terraced House Diaries). This is a novella to introduce the 'Curmudgeon Avenue' series. When Samantha is not writing, she is reading, reviewing and listening to heavy metal. She has one grown up daughter, two cats, one dog and one husband.