Catherine Byrne always wanted to be a writer. She began at the age of eight by drawing comic strips with added dialogue and later, as a teenager, graduated to poetry. Her professional life however, took a very different path. She first studied glass engraving with Caithness Glass where she worked for fourteen years. During that time she also worked as a foster parent. After the birth of her youngest child she changed direction, studying and becoming a chiropodist with her own private practice. At the same time she did all the administration work for her husband's two businesses, and this continued until the death of her husband in 2005. However she still maintained her love of writing, and has had several short stories published in women's magazines. Her main ambition was to write novels and she has now retired in order to write full time. Born and brought up until the age of nine on the Island of Stroma, she heard many stories from her grandparents about the island life of a different generation. Her family moved to the mainland at a time when the island was being depopulated, although it took another ten years before the last family left. An interest in geology, history and her strong ties to island life have influenced her choice of genre for her novels. Since first attending the AGM of the Scottish Association of Writers in 1999, Catherine has won several prizes, commendations and has been short-listed both for short stories and chapters of her novels. In 2009, she won second prize in the general novel category for ‘Follow The Dove’. In 2016 The Road to Nowhere won second prize in the Barbara Hammond competition for Best Self Published novel. The follow up, Isa’s Daughter won 1st prize in the same competition the following year, 2017. She is has now finished the fifth book in the Raumsey series, Mary Rosie’s War.
Catherine Byrne lives in Wick, Caithness.
Tanya van Hasselt is married with four adult sons and lives in Tunbridge Wells, England. She writes novels under her Dutch maiden name; as Tanya Aydon she has won awards for her short stories, including a Barbara Pym centenary prize.
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Proud Yorkshire woman, author, tennis nut & tea drinker. Unlike Rose, the identity detective in her books, Sandra is not adopted.
Patricia Roxborough Murray Strickson, known as Pat, was born in South West Scotland but has lived in Bexhill England for most of her life. Due to family circumstances, she moved schools several times and struggled, failing her 11 plus in Scotland and later her GCSEs in England. She retook her exams and eventually studied to get an MA in Education. She then achieved her dream job as a teacher in a primary school and became a dyslexia specialist. When Pat retired forty years later it was as an Executive Headteacher. She had no idea she would write a book.
When Pat discovered a painting of a local landmark in a charity shop, she boought it and took it to the framers. They recognised that it belonged to a local war hero. She followed his amazing story, gripped by coincidences and gained his family’s support. She used Captain Avro Frederick John Hannaford’s notes and followed his story, loving the research. He was one of the last bomb disposal officers in WWII. He was sure they’d been forgotten and wanted official recognition for the 350 who gave the ultimate sacrifice. She discovered a whole new way of living and how ‘Time stood still in a muddy hole,’ for Captain Hannaford.SheI also believes all retired bomb disposal experts deserve that recognition. She says " I am a daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, teacher and now, quite unexpectedly, an author."
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.
Rosie Travers was born and brought up on the south coast of England. She loved escaping into a good book at a very early age. When she's not writing, she's reading. After many years juggling motherhood and a variety of jobs in local government she moved to Southern California in 2009. With time on her hands she started a blog about the perils of ex-pat life which rekindled a teenage desire to become a writer. Now permanently settled back in the UK, Rosie takes inspiration from the towns and landscape of her native south coast and enjoys writing heart-warming stories sprinkled with mystery, tragedy, comedy and romance. The Theatre of Dreams is her debut novel. Rosie is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association.
Christine Campbell lives in a small village outside of Edinburgh with her husband, and whatever assortment of children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren happen to be visiting at the time.
When she has a moment of peace, and is not distracted by the varied wildlife currently taking up residence in her garden and the field beyond, Christine writes novels or posts on her blog at cicampbellblog.wordpress.com as well as producing occasional videos about her writing on her Facebook page and YouTube. She is always working on her next novel. So busy, busy, busy writing for your pleasure and hers.
Before turning to crime, Alice Castle was a UK newspaper journalist for The Daily Express, The Times and The Daily Telegraph. Her first book, Hot Chocolate, set in Brussels and London, was a European hit and sold out in two weeks.
Death in Dulwich was published in September 2017 and has been a number one best-seller in the UK, US, Canada, France, Spain and Germany. A sequel, The Girl in the Gallery, was published in December 2017 to critical acclaim. Calamity in Camberwell, the third book in the London Murder Mystery series, was published in August 2018 with Homicide in Herne Hill due to follow in October 2018. Revenge on the Rye, the fifth book in the series, will be out early next year and Alice is currently working on the sixth London Murder Mystery adventure. Once again, it will feature Beth Haldane and DI Harry York and a cast of south east London characters.
Alice is also a blogger and book reviewer via her website: https://www.alicecastleauthor.com
Hialry has always written and wanted to be published. Her success started with a couple of magazine articles a lifetime ago and developed from there to short stories and eventually full-blown novels. She was born in the South West of England, but now lives between the Costa Blanca and Oxfordshire. She adores both my countries, which is probably why they often feature in her writing. She has won several writing awards, two of which she is particularly proud because of their Spanish connections – the 2015 Spanish Radio international short story competition award and the 2017 Ian Goven Award.
Dennis used to be an engineer living in Houston. Since then he has put Houston in the rear view mirror, relocating to Salt Lake City. He is now a full-time writer constructing worlds and friends he'd like to know. He says "It’s been fun meeting/creating MarieAnne, Steve, Bill, Maggie, Sylvia, Smitty, Linda, Billy, Suzy, Ken, Molly, Dad, John Henry, Melody, Sally, and George. I think you’ll like meeting them, too."
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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.
Melinda Field writes poems, plays and prose. Her first novel 'True' received overwhelming five-star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. 'The Nest of Our Being' can be read as a standalone book or as a sequel to True. Based on excerpts from The Nest of Our Being, Melinda was awarded a writing residency at the Can Serrat International Arts Residency in Barcelona Spain. Melinda's recent publications include The Journey, Wonder of the Mother and Wisdom of the Crone. She served as Literary Dramaturg for the Strawberry Theatre's award-winning play Postcards from Hotel Cassiopeia, which was performed in February 2015 at the Hudson Guild Theatre in New York City. Melinda is currently immersed in her third novel
Frank Prem has been a storytelling poet for forty years. When not writing or reading his poetry to an audience, he fills his time by working as a psychiatric nurse. He has been published in magazines, zines and anthologies, in Australia and in a number of other countries, and has both performed and recorded his work as ‘spoken word’
He and his wife live in the beautiful township of Beechworth in northeast Victoria (Australia).