Editors for Books, Novels and Children's Fiction

Our Editors

Alma Alexander

It might have been Alma's poet grandfather who first kindled her passion for language when she was still a toddler, but she has pursued her passion and has been in love with words all her life. She has written short stories, non-fiction (an autobiography based on her childhood in Africa), and a number of novels.

The Secrets of Jin Shei, nominated for the Orange Prize and a finalist in the Washington State Book awards in 2005, is currently published in thirteen languages worldwide; her other novels include Embers of Heaven, The Hidden Queen, Changer of Days, and the YA Worldweavers trilogy (Gift of the Unmage, 2007; Spellspam, 2008; Cybermage, 2009) which includes Nikola Tesla as one of its major characters.

She lives in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, with her husband, two cats, and assorted visiting wildlife.

Debi Alper

Debi is the author of six novels, the first two of which Nirvana Bites and Trading Tatiana, were published by Orion to critical acclaim.

Her books are contemporary urban thrillers set among the sub-cultures and she expounds her themes with generosity of spirit and dark humour. Over the years, she has worked as a charity finance officer, a photographer, farm labourer, life model and wig maker. She wrote her first novel as a direct result of being in a local writers' group and still writes in long hand lying on the settee.

An unexpected result of giving up her day job to concentrate on writing is that she spends a lot of time concentrating on helping other writers to perfect their novels through critiques, mentoring, Book Doctor sessions and creative writing workshops. Debi edits in all genres and several authors that she has worked with have been signed up with agents and gone on to see their books published.

She lives in South London with her partner and two teenage sons. She sometimes feels like a tiny island of oestrogen afloat in a sea of testosterone and smelly socks.


Richard BlandfordRichard Blandford

Richard is the author of Hound Dog (Jonathan Cape), described as “’Phoenix Nights’ meets American Psycho in Cambridge’". Hound Dog is a novel of redemption and rock’n’roll, masturbation and morality.

The Observer has described it as “Slick, efficient and faintly nasty, this novel croons indie Brit-flick.”

The TV rights to Hound Dog have been sold to GRD Productions.

Richard's second novel Flying Saucer Rock and Roll, came out with Cape, 2008.

Richard lives in Worthing and is currently completing a Young Adult novel.

Rebecca Connell

 Rebecca lives in south London.

She has published two literary novels, THE ART OF LOSING (2009) and TOLD IN SILENCE (2010), with Fourth Estate (HarperCollins), and is currently working on a literary crime novel.

Rebecca graduated from Oxford University, where she read English Language and Literature, in 2001.

She has worked as an agent's assistant, an assistant producer developing programme ideas for major television production companies, and a market researcher.

Howard Cunnell

Howard has a PhD from the University of London, and has been a Leverhulme Fellow at the University of Sussex. He is the author of two novels - Marine Boy (2008), and The Sea on Fire (Picador, 2012), described by The Guardian as 'mapping new noir territory in an incandescent underwater world.' He is also the editor of Jack Kerouac's On the Road - The Original Scroll (Viking, 2007), which in a front page review The New York Times called 'the living version for our time.' A former professional scuba diving instructor, he lives in London with his wife and children. 

Emma Darwin

Emma’s debut novel 'The Mathematics of Love' was published in 2006. The Times described it as: “that rare thing, a book that works on every conceivable level. A real achievement”, and it was was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers and Goss First Novel awards, longlisted for the Prince Maurice Prize and the RNA Novel of the Year, and has been translated into many languages.

Emma’s bestselling second novel, 'A Secret Alchemy', was published in 2008; the Daily Mail acclaimed it as “powerful and utterly convincing”, and The Times as one of their 50 Best Paperbacks of 2009.

Emma is an Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing with the Open University and has a PhD in Creative Writing, in which she explored the writing of historical fiction. Her short fiction has been published and broadcast, and she teaches workshops and one-day courses, in addition to her work as an editor.

Emma was born in London and still lives there, after interludes in Manhattan and Brussels.

Susan Davis

Susan was seven when she wrote her first novel, which was lovingly illustrated and bound with scarlet knitting wool.

Since then, she’s upped her game. Her debut novel, 'The Henry  Game' (Random House 2002, and an Ottakars Book of the Month) tells the story of three girls who accidentally summon up the spirit of Henry VIII. The sequel, 'Delilah and the Dark Stuff', came out in 2003. 'Mad, Bad and Totally Dangerous' came out in 2005.

Susan's short fiction has been short-listed for the Asham Award and won many other prizes.

She has also been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Susan is an Arvon tutor and literary mentor.

Helena Drysdale

Helena is the author of five works of 'creative non-fiction': Alone through China and Tibet (Constable 1986), Dancing with the Dead (Hamish Hamilton 1991), Looking for George, (Picador, 1996), and Mother Tongues (Picador, 2001). Her most recent book, Strangerland, was published by Picador in 2006.

Looking for George was shortlisted for both the Esquire/Waterstones/Apple Non-fiction award (1995) and the PEN/JRAckerley Award for Autobiography in the same year. Helena has also written and presented a documentary, Dancing with the Dead, for Granada TV. She makes regular appearances as a broadcaster and lecturer.

She is a course tutor for the Arvon Foundation, and a Royal Literary Fellow teaching writing skills at Exeter University.

Helena is married to painter Richard Pomeroy and they live in Somerset with their two daughters.

Hal Duncan

Hal Duncan

Vellum Book ShotHal has over twenty years critiquing experience as a member of the Glasgow SF Writers Circle, and a half dozen years writing for a living, mainly fiction and poetry but also a considerable amount of literary criticism and commentary via his regular 'Notes from New Sodom' column for BSC Review. He's also made forays beyond print, writing a queer rock musical which debuted as a student production in Chicago last year, and lyrics for a collaboration with Scottish band Aereogramme on /Ballads of the Book/ album from Chemikal Underground.

A blend of pulp and postmodernism, his first novel, VELLUM, was described by Lucius Shepard as 'the Guernica of genre fiction', and shared awards shortlists with everyone from Neil Gaiman (BFS Award) to Brett Easton Ellis and Haruki Murakami (World Fantasy Award).

It won the Spectrum Award (for LGBT science-fiction/fantasy), the Kurd-Lasswitz-Preis and Tuehtivaeltaja (for the German and Finnish translations respectively) and was nominated for the Crawford, the Locus and (for the French translation) the Prix Europeen Utopiales.

Edward Fenton

 Edward has worked as a writer and editor for over 20 years.

His novel Scorched Earth won the Sinclair Prize for Fiction (judged by a panel of five Booker judges), and he has also written for BBC Radio (Radios 1, 3 and 4) and Chrysalis TV.

As a script consultant and editor, he has worked on adult and children’s fiction, as well as on the libretto of an opera performed at the BBC Proms.

He is currently the editor of ‘The Oxford Writer’, and runs an independent publishing company, whose titles have featured in the ‘Books of the Year’ lists of novelists Iain Sinclair and Martin Amis (among others) in several national newspapers and magazines.

He lives in Oxfordshire where his small publishing company is also based.

Jocelyn Ferguson

Jocelyn began her career writing for the theatre and enjoyed significant success in the field before taking up fiction.

Her first novel, Rope Tricks, was published by Virago to critical acclaim.

Her second novel, Tree of Sails, was published in 1996, and brought her an Arts Council Writer’s Award.

She has taught Creative Writing for at Warwick and Keele Universities, Literature at Stafford University, as well as English Literature and Drama in schools and colleges. She is currently working in Belfast, and loving it.

She is currently devoting her time to fiction.

Joy of EatingJill Foulston

Jill Foulston

Jill has been a commissioning editor at Virago, Little Brown and Penguin and has worked with some of the most exciting names in contemporary fiction - among them Sarah Waters, Michelle Lovric and Heidi Julavits - as well as classic authors such as Paul Bowles and Muriel Spark.

Jill was also responsbile for co-founding the independent publisher Arcadia, voted Sunday Times Small Publisher of the Year. Her two anthologies for Virago Press, The Joy of Eating and The Virago Book of the Joy of Shopping have been described as 'sensual, funny and captivating, with plenty to beguile and astonish'.

She has been an invited speaker on the creative writing course at Bath Spa University and has written short stories, reviews and features, contributing to the Times Literary Supplement, Slightly Foxed and Waitrose Food Illustrated as well as various other magazines. In 2008 she received an award from the Authors' Foundation.

Elizabeth Garner

Nightdancing Liz was born in Cheshire, grew up in the north of England and now lives in Oxford, where she works as a script editor. She is the winner of a Betty Trask Award, as well as having been shortlisted for a couple of other significant awards.

As a script editor, Liz has worked extensively in the industry. She has been on the scriptreading board of Miramax and advised them on potential novel adaptations. She was also formerly head of development at Gorgeous, an independent film company. She now works as a script editor for a number of UK-based companies.

Liz is also a successful novelist, and understands the creative process well. Her first novel 'Nightdancing' (from Hodder Headline) was short-listed for the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award and also for the Pendleton May First Novel Award. Her second novel, 'Edgar Jones', was recently released by the same publishers.

Gary Gibson

  Gary is the author of four science fiction novels (all published by Pan Macmillan / Tor UK), with several more in the pipeline.

Amongst his work is the well-regarded Shoal Sequence, including Stealing Light, Nova War and the forthcoming Empire of Light. His work fits comfortably into the 'new space opera' mould.

Occasional explorations into other media over the years have seen him publish and edit small-press comics, and he has also written a short-short comedy drama for the BBC.

Although a native of Glasgow, Scotland, he currently lives in Taipei in the Far East.

Claire Gillman

How to W Fantastic FictionClaire is an experienced journalist, writer, editor and broadcaster.

She is the Contributing Editor to Kindred Spirit, the UK's leading mind/body/spirit magazine, as well as contributing to many other leading women's magazines and national newspapers. She has also been editor of a number of consumer and specialist women’s magazines including Health & Fitness magazine and Girl About Town.

She has written over a dozen non-fiction books for adults and a series of creative non-fiction titles for children under the pen-name, Rory Storm. Her most recent book is How to Write Fantastic Non-Fiction and Get Published as part of the Hodder Teach Yourself series.

Claire is married with two teenage sons and lives on the edge of the West Pennines with her family and dog.

Julia Hamilton

  Julia is the author of six novels, most recently Forbidden Fruits and Other People's Rules, both from HarperCollins.

Before those, Julia published with Penguin (A Pillar of Society, The Good Catholic, and After Flora) and Collins / Flamingo (The Idle Hill of Summer).

Other People's Rules was described by Rosamunde Pilcher as "A clever story, a really good read."

Julia grew up in Scotland, and now divides her time between London and Oxfordshire, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.


Prince of the GodbornGeraldine Harris

Geraldine is the author of five fantasy novels: 'White Cranes Castle' and the internationally acclaimed 'Seven Citadels' quartet.

A new edition of this classic series has just come out.

Until recently, Geraldine worked as a Egyptologist at Oxford University. She has drawn on her deep knowledge of the ancient world to publish retellings of Egyptian myth, academic works on magic and religion in the ancient world, as well as a number of educational books for children.

She is both a contributor to and an entry in ' The Cambridge Guide to Children's Book in English'.

Tania Hershman

Tania's two loves are short stories and science. A former science journalist, originally from London and now living in Bristol, Tania was commended by the judges of the 2009 Orange Award for New Writers for her first short story collection, The White Road and Other Stories published by Salt Modern Fiction. Half of the stories in the collection are inspired by articles from New Scientist magazine, and the other half are "flash fiction", under 1000 words long.

Tania's short stories, flash fiction and prose poems have been published in print and online in publications including PANK magazine, Litro, Metazen, Contrary, elimae, Smokelong Quarterly, Nature, Riptide, the London Magazine, and Cafe Irreal. She has had three stories broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Tania is the European regional winner of the 2008 Commonwealth Broadcasting Association's short story competition and winner of the 2009 Binnacle Ultra-Short Competition. Tania's passion for sh ort stories led her to founding The Short Review, an online journal dedicated to reviewing short story collections and anthologies. For more information about Tania, please visit her website.

Rebecca Horsfall

  Rebecca is the author of Dancing on Thorns, a character driven page turner published by Random House, centering on the world of ballet. Elle Magazine have described her as “The new Jilly Cooper.”

She worked, on and off, for more than a decade for a West End producer as a script supervisor and assistant producer before writing what The Bookseller described as “736 unputdownable pages of pure delight”.

She has done office work, theatre directing, teaching, theatrical management — as well as working in a microbiology lab.

She has been happily married for fifteen years.

Jamie Ivey

Jamie is the author of three books about the south of France.

He lives near the village of Lourmarin in the Luberon with his wife and young daughters. As well as editing a local lifestyle magazine, he is working on a fourth book about training a truffle dog to be published in 2011.

Jamie's books have been published in the UK, the USA, Holland and China.

The New York Times described Jamie's debut travelogue Extremely Pale Rosé as "Great fun to read...particularly if you enjoy sticking your nose into little known corners of France" and the Daily Mail described Jamie as “a younger Peter Mayle with a similar turn of phrase.”

Jane Jakeman

Jane is the author of The Malfine trilogy, three atmospheric crime novels set in the early nineteenth-century. The books are Let There Be Blood, The Egyptian Coffin and Fool's Gold.

She's also the author of four other novels, also crime fiction set in the past. She's also edited a lavishly illustrated eighteenth century recipe book, Kidder's Receipts.

Jane is the author of numerous articles and reviews in British journals and newspapers, such as The New Statesman, Independent and The Sunday Times. She regularly reviews crime fiction for the Independent.

She has a doctorate in Art History from Oxford, where she now lives with her husband and two cats.

Sam Jordison

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Sam was born in Alnwick Northumberland and now lives in Norfolk.

After studying Classics at Cambridge he spent some time in the Ardeche region of France where he was a goatherd. He has been earning a living as a writer since the year 2000. He is the author of five books (including the best-selling Crap Towns and Sod That!: 103 Things Not To Do Before You Die ).

He also writes features and articles regularly for the Guardian - and has written for most other national papers in the UK. He is also a part-time film reviewer.

He is currently interested in the middle classes and has a website investigating their strange habits at organicpeasandorderlyqueues.com He is quite middle class himself and lives in Norwich with his partner, who is also a writer.

Sheena Joughin

Sheena has won several prizes for her short stories, but now concentrates on longer fiction and has published two novels.

Fay Weldon said of Things to do Indoors (2003) “She writes like an angel and thinks like the devil”, and Julie Burchill wrote “I love this book”.  Her  successful debut was followed by Swimming Underwater in 2005, which was widely reviewed and admired. (“Both philosophical and a pleasure”, said The Guardian).

Sheena has also written The Hamlyn History of Twentieth Century Fiction, and reviews for The Times Literary Supplement, The Independent and The New Statesman. She has taught poetry and fiction workshops in London for the past five years, and is a lecturer on the Creative Writing course at Bath Spa University.

In 2007, she started The Life-Writing Project in West London.

Daren King

Daren has written since he was old enough to pick up a pen without putting it in his mouth.

His first children's novel, Mouse Noses on Toast, won first prize in the 6-8 age category of the Nestle Children's Book Prize, and his debut adult novel, Boxy an Star, was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and longlisted for the Booker Prize.

His books have been published around the world, including Canada and the US, and have been translated into Italian, German and Russian.

Daren also offers a Complete Novel Writing Course through the Writers' Workshop - and welcomes any potential new students who want to be mentored through the entire novel writing cycle: from first sentence to final full stop. More details here. Author photo credited to Rankin.

Sophie King / Jane Bidder

  Sophie King is the pen name for journalist Jane Bidder. Sophie has had five novels published in the last five years by Hodder & Stoughton. She describes them as ‘funny but serious’ domestic dramas, covering divorce through to truculent teens and grannies. Her current novel THE WEDDING PARTY was recently short listed for Love Story of the Year.

Sophie’s non-fiction books include HOW TO WRITE YOUR FIRST NOVEL and HOW TO WRITE SHORT STORIES AND GET PUBLISHED. She has won various awards including the Elizabeth Goudge Trophy and was also runner up for the Harry Bowling Award in 2004.

As a journalist, Sophie/Jane has written for most national newspapers and magazines so can help writers make the transition from journalist-speak to fiction. She has also had several short stories published in women’s magazines. Sophie lectures in creative writing at Oxford University and at Skyros. She also gives regular workshops at festivals. www.sophieking.info.

William Kowalski

William is a novelist, screenwriter, and book reviewer for the Globe and Mail.  The New York Times has called him 'exuberant' and 'a talented stylist'.  His first book, the internationally best-selling Eddie's Bastard (1999), won South Africa's Exclusive Books Ama-Boeke (Book Lover's) Award in 2001, and was twice named to Booksense 76.  Of his second novel, Somewhere Out of Here (2001), the New York Times said, '[this book] has all the bravado of a bar stool reminiscence... Kowalski's characters could be escapees from a Kerouac novel.'

His third novel, The Adventures of Flash Jackson, was an alternate selection of the Literary Guild Book of the Month Club in 2003.  The Scottish Daily Record said of his fourth novel, The Good Neighbour (2004): 'Atmospheric, emotional and beautifully eloquent, Kowalski weaves an engrossing story.'  William's fiction has been translated into fifteen languages. He is also the author of three books for reluctant adult readers: The Barrio Kings (2010), The Way it Works (2010) and the forthcoming Something Noble (2011), all published by Orca Book Publishers

William was born in Ohio and has lived on both the East and West coasts of the United States.  A graduate of the Great Books program of St. John's College in Santa Fe, NM, William now lives in Nova Scotia, Canada with his wife and children.

Robin Lloyd-Jones

Robin is the author of three novels, two collections of short stories and half a dozen non-fiction books. His novel, Lord of the Dance, won the BBC Bookshelf First Novel Award and was entered for the Booker Prize. ‘Amazing imaginative brilliance,’ said The Times of this novel.

Robin also writes radio drama, his play, Ice in Wonderland, winning the Radio Times Best Drama Script for 1992. Robin has conducted many writers' workshops and, for four years, he was a tutor in Creative Writing at Glasgow University. Robin is a former president of the Scottish Association of Writers for whom he has adjudicated many short story and novel competitions.

He lives in Helensburgh, on the west coast of Scotland, with his wife.

For more information, visit his website.

Michelle Lovric

book of  human skinMichelle writes novels for adults and children. She has particular interests in Venice, art and the history of medicine.

Her first novel, Carnevale, is the story of the portrait-painter Cecilia Cornaro, described by The Times as the possessor of 'the most covetable life' in fiction in 2001. In The Floating Book, a chorus of characters relates the perilous birth of printing in Venice, examining the translation of raw emotion into saleable merchandise. Lovric's third novel, The Remedy, a literary murder-mystery set against the background of 18th Century quack medicine, was long-listed for the 2005 Orange Price for Fiction.

In her latest, The Book of Human Skin, Lovric returns to the theme of art, with a plot revolving around a transgressive portrait of a supposedly dead nun in Peru. She also explores the issues of Holy Anorexia, unmitigated villainy and a very unusual form of bibliomania. Her first novel for young adult readers, The Undrowned Child, was described by The Independent as 'gripping, elegant and original'. A sequel, The Mourning Emporium, was published November 2010.

She is currently a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the Courtauld Institute of Art. For more information see her website : www.michellelovric.com.

Ernesto Mestre


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Ernesto Mestre has over 12 years of experience working with writers as an editor, teacher, and coach.

Many of the writers he has worked with have gone on to publish their work at major houses like Knopf, Harper Collins, and Norton.  He is the author of three novels, The Lazarus Rumba, The Second Death of Única Aveyano, and the forthcoming Sacrificio, has translated four Latin American novels from the Spanish, and has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

He is currently Assistant Professor of Fiction at Brooklyn College and has taught at Sarah Lawrence College and City College of New York. 

Alan McKenzie

Alan is our editor for graphic novels. He spent the first ten years of his

working life trying to get away from comics, a task made especially difficult since he was an assistant editor on first MAD magazine and House of Hammer. In a burst of warped logic, he joined Marvel Comics to edit venerated film magazine Starburst but somehow acquired Doctor Who Monthly into his portfolio.

After spending a couple of years as a freelance author, writing three non-fiction books, he somehow fetched up on the editorial staff of the UK’s premier weekly adventure comic 2000AD, where he contributed Judge Dredd stories and created the characters Universal Soldier, Brigand Doom, Bradley and the fan-favourite The Journal of Luke Kirby, which chronicled the adventures of a boy wizard ten years before there was Harry Potter.

Alan is currently working on two graphic novels with long-time collaborators Steve Parkhouse and Brett Ewins.

Haydn Middleton

Haydn has written for a living since 1980.

His seven literary-fantasy novels range from The People in the Picture (hailed by Anthony Burgess as ‘an astonishing fictional debut’) to Grimm’s Last Fairytale (‘a modern fairytale that should last at least a hundred years’ according to USA’s Kirkus Reviews).

He has lectured on or taught creative writing in England, America, Greece and Australia.

Haydn is, by a distance, our most prolific editor, having written more than seventy books for children - some of which are admittedly very short indeed!


Eloise Millar

Elly's first novel, Wednesday's Child, was published by Virago in 2004 and went on to be shortlisted for the YoungMinds Award. She is currently working on her second novel, (Bleeding Heart Yard), Elly also moonlights as a journalist, writing mainly for the The Guardian.

 Recently, she's also moved into ghost-writing. She has eight years experience in editorial work and publishing.

The Bleeding Heart Yard has been commissioned by TimeWarner and has received awards from the Arts Council and the Authors' Foundation.



Sam Mills

Sam MillsSam Mills was born in 1975 and graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English Lang & Lit. Since then she has been a full-time novelist and has published 11 books to date.

Her young adult novels, 'A Nicer Way to Die', 'The Boys Who Saved the World' and 'Blackout' are dark, crossover thrillers which are published in the UK by Faber & Faber. Her work has been translated into 5 languages. 'The Boys Who Saved the World', a satire on the War on Terror, is currently being made into a film with Tyger Drew-Honey, the star of the TV Series 'Outnumbered', due to play the lead. 'Blackout' has been nominated for the Carnegie prixze and the Manchester Book Award, and was recently shortlisted for the Lancashire Book Award.

Her debut adult novel as Samantha Mills, 'The Quiddity Will Self', a quirky literary novel about sex, death, Will Self and the Great Vowel Shift, will be published by Corsair in 2012

Tiffany Murray

Tiffany has taught creative writing at The University of East Anglia, Bath Spa University and Manchester Metropolitan University.

She edited Pretext 8: Once Upon A Time… with Helon Habila and her novel Happy Accidents was published to excellent reviews in 2004.

She is the recipient of a 2005 Arts Council grant and Happy Accidents has been longlisted for The Everyman Bollinger Wodehouse Prize. Tiffany's writing has appeared in The Times, The Independent and The Observer.

She lived and worked in New York for many years but currently lives in Herefordshire. She has an MA and PhD in Creative and Critical writing from UEA.

Jenny Newman

Jenny The Writer Jenny is Reader in Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University. She is also the acclaimed author of two novels (Going In, and Life Class), and her short fiction has been published by, among others, The London Magazine and broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Many writers will also know her for The Writers' Workbook, a text that has become a crucial learning tool for creative writing students. Booker Prize-winning novelist Barry Unsworth said of The Writer's Workbook, "I wish I'd had it at my elbow when I started out."

Jenny has also recently co-edited British and Irish Novelists: An Introduction through Interviews.

She also teaches fiction writing for the Arvon foundation.

Martin Ouvry

Martin worked as a professional musician in Europe and the US before going to the University of East Anglia where he gained a First in English and received the Alumni Prize for Fiction in his year on the Creative Writing MA. Martin has taught widely, including as an associate tutor at UEA.

His work has appeared in various anthologies and magazines including Tell Tales, New Writing and Esquire, and has been translated into Chinese. Martin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow and is a grateful recipient of an Arts Council Writer’s Award and a 2010 Wingate Scholarship.

He has also reviewed books for the Observer, the Sunday Times and the Financial Times.

He is represented by Andrew Kidd at Aitken Alexander Associates.

Anastasia Parkes

  Anastasia Parkes has an MA in English Literature from Oxford and has lived in London and Cairo. She presently works as a secretary for criminal defence lawyers and as a portrait photographer. She also writes freelance features for publications such as The Times, The Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday, The Lady and You And Your Baby magazine. Under the pseudonym Primula Bond, she has written three erotic novels (Country Pleasures, Club Crème and Behind the Curtain) and numerous short stories for Virgin Books, a novella (Out of Focus) and solo collection of short stories for Xcite Books, and a further novella (Sisters in Sin) and numerous short stories for the HarperCollins imprint Avon. When she's not also working on completing a literary novel, she writes critiques for aspiring erotic, romatic and literary writers.

She lives in Winchester and is married to Richard, a solicitor. She has three sons aged 23, 12 and 8.  

Dexter Petley

Dexter Dexter is the acclaimed author of a number of novels: a literary noir whodunnit, Little Nineveh (Polygon 1995), Joyride (Fourth Estate, 1999),  White Lies (Fourth Estate 2003) & One True Void (Two Ravens Press 2008). White Lies was shortlisted for the Dazed & Confused Most Promising Writer award. Dexter was also shortlisted for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize 2006 for his translation of The Fishing Box (by Maurice Genevoix , co-translated with Laure Claesen). He won an Authors' Foundation Award for non-fiction in 2004 and an Arts Council Bursary in 2006.  He has since edited a ground breaking anthology of new angling writing, Powerlines (Two Ravens Press 2009) and is one of the original writers on the cult website Caught By The River, contributing chapters to both their books (Caught By The River - A Collection of Words on Water, Cassell 2009 & On Nature, Harper Collins 2011).

Dexter is a passionate angler, organic gardener, old Land Rover nut.  Currently living in a yurt in Normandy, living out life on solar power and permaculture.

Jane Purcell

Jane used to work in children’s books at Random House, but left to travel the world.  Since then she has written sketch comedy for radio (The Way It Is on Radio 4) and television, (Smack the Pony for Channel 4 and The Sketch Show for ITV/Baby Cow).

She has written several plays and series for BBC Radio 4, including Beryl du Jour, Whoosh! and a five-part Woman’s Hour series for Radio 4, Cooking for Michael CollinsThe Guardian described it as 'gripping’, and the Financial Times said 'Jane Purcell's retelling of the story of Pidgie Rigney ... is immediately gripping... Riveting.' Her next Woman’s Hour series was about the history of girls comics, 43 Years in the Third Form.  The Telegraph said it was 'funny, ingenious and evocative.'

Jane has a comedy series optioned by ITV and is currently rewriting it for the ten millionth time while her producer stands over her with a big stick. She is also an Associate Lecturer with the Open University, and tutor on its Advanced Creative Writing Course.  Her mother says her tea towels are ‘an absolute disgrace.’

Paul Roberts

Paul is the Director of a successful management consultancy, but also has a passion for writing, with several management textbooks to his name. His first was issued through The Economist, another formed part of Kogan Page’s hugely influential ‘Business Success’ series and is being reproduced as an iPhone application.

Paul also writes infrequent articles which have been published in a range of professional and general magazines, including Maxim. He has also written for television.

As business consultant, Paul has worked with some of the largest organizations in the world, and some of the smallest. He has coached and advised thousands of people in all walks of life and brings immense enthusiasm, humour, knowledge, skill and experience to all he does.

Jacqui Rowe

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Jacqui Rowe's most recent collections are 'Apollinaire' (Perdika) and 'Paint' (Flarestack Poets. Her poems have extensively appeared in anthologies and leading magazines, such as 'Mslexia', 'Tears in the Fence' and 'Poetry Review.

Much of her work relates to heritage sites and museums, including residencies with the National Trust. She also works on a long-term project making poetry with people with dementia. She is co-editor of the award-winning press, Flarestack Poets.

She runs her own workshop programme, Making Poetry and is a tutor for the Poetry School. She has also led numerous workshops, for example at Ledbury Poetry Festival. She has mentored many poets who have gone on to achieve considerable success.

Jessica Ruston

Jessica Ruston new phototo touch the Stars Jessica's debut novel, Luxury, was published by Headline Review in July 2009, which has been described as a 'decadent blockbuster for the 21st century.'

She has written two non-fiction books, 'Heroines: The Bold, The Bad & The Beautiful', and 'How Small Groups can Raise Big Funds', as well as screenplays, magazine articles and stories for children. Her latest novel is 'To Touch the Stars'.

As well as writing, Jessica works for and is a director of independent publisher Long Barn Books.  As the daughter of a novelist and a Professor of Shakespeare, she's been around books and writing her whole life, and has had various jobs in the arts and media.

Jessica lives in London with her husband.

Fay Sampson

  Fay is the author of numerous books for both adults and children.

Her work draws heavily on myth, the Arthurian legends, and the historical world of Celtic an d post-Roman Britain. Works for adults include the Morgan Le Fay series, The Island Pilgrimage and The Silent Fort.
She has been shortlisted three times for the Guardian Children's Book award, and is winner of the Barco de Vapor award for The Watch on Patterick Fell. More recently she has been writing Crime Novels, like the Suzie Fezwings series, still with a genealogical or historical intersest. She also writes non-fiction books on historical themes.

Fay writes full time and lives in a Tudor cottage in the West Country.

Eve Seymour

Eve is the author of four thrillers and probably best known for her central character, Paul Tallis, a former firearms officer who works as an off-the books spook for MI5.  Her novel, ‘Land of Ghosts,’ set in bleak, war-torn Chechnya, was published in 2010 and her latest novel 'Wicked Game' will be published in August 2013 by Cutting Edge Press. The second novel in the 'Hex' Series will be published early 2014

The Good Book Guide wrote, ‘Seymour is able to convey the excitement of the more straightforward brand of adventure thriller, while freighting in the subtle undertones of the more sophisticated novelists of the genre.’

In a ruthless bid to make her writing as genuine as possible, she has bent the ears of numerous police officers and developed contacts within the military, the United Nations, and various charities working with refugees and victims of war. She also once spent a memorable evening in a simulated laser suite with a firearms team at their secret headquarters and received a master class in weaponry.  All of which only goes to prove that writers will do pretty much anything to recreate an authentic experience for their readers!       

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca was born in London in 1966 of Indian-English & Scottish parents, and spent most of her childhood in rural Surrey. She studied History at Southampton University and still lives in the city.

Southampton is the setting for her first novel The Bluebird Cafe (Bloomsbury 2001).

Her second, Happy Birthday and All That (Bloomsbury 2003), is set in Southampton, Winchester and Cornwall. Her third, A Bit of Earth (Bloomsbury 2006), is set in a botanical garden.

She is currently working on a collection of short stories, and a work of fiction for children.

Rebecca teaches creative writing at Southampton University and in Winchester. She has three children, and is the great great great great great neice of Jane Austen.

Diana Stainforth

Diana wrote her first novel – Bird of Paradise - while working for Rebecca West, the Grande Dame of British literature, whose archive she catalogued. With that first novel accepted and a second – The Indiscretion – commissioned, Diana became a full time writer. Five more novels followed, all published in both hardback and paperback and mainly by Random House in the UK.

She has also been published in the US and translated into German, Russian, Czech, Bulgarian and Romanian. Her 7th novel is currently under production by German television.

She has considerable judging experience having judged the Betty Trask Award for the Society of Authors, the London Writers’ Competition, and she is a reader for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Novel of the Year Award.

Veronica Stallwood

Veronica has fourteen books in the bookshops, all currently in print. Eleven of them feature Kate Ivory, a historical novelist living in Oxford who frequently – and often unwillingly – finds herself involved in a crime. The setting for these crime novels is Oxford, with its colleges, libraries, parks and waterways.

In addition to these, she have written two suspense novels which are not part of the Kate Ivory series. Deathspell is about a strange child who decides to get rid of her bullying stepfather. The Rainbow Sign tells of a tragedy that happened thirty years ago in the Middle East.

The Times has commented, 'Stallwood has fought her way to the top of the tree in British crime writing'.

She lives near Oxford, but has so far not solved any notable murders.

Katherine Stansfield

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Katherine Stansfield grew up on the wilds of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall and moved to Aberystwyth in 2002 to study English and Creative Writing at university. She has been there ever since, completing her BA in 2005 followed by an MA in Creative Writing in 2006. She completed her PhD in Creative Writing, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, in 2011. The subject of her thesis was a fictional exploration of the point in Cornwall’s history when fishing was replaced by tourism as the main industry; she is now an expert on pilchards.

Katherine’s poetry has appeared in New Welsh Review, Poetry Wales, and anthologies from both Leaf and Cinnamon Press. More work is forthcoming in Poetry Cornwall. She was a runner-up in the inaugural New Welsh Review Poetry Prize, was long-listed for a Cinnamon Press first collection award, and is the winner of the 2011 Leaf Poetry competition. Her reviews of contemporary fiction and poetry have appeared in Planet and New Welsh Review, and are forthcoming in Poetry Wales.

Katherine is a member of the New Welsh Review board and has acted as a reader for the Welsh Books Council. She teaches creative writing at Aberystwyth University.

Jane Struthers

Jane’s first taste of astrology was in her teens, courtesy of Jackie magazine, but this didn’t offer a lot of scope so she began teaching herself ‘proper’ astrology. She also discovered tarot and palmistry, and began writing novels. Since then, she’s spent her entire career in publishing, first as an editor and now as a professional writer.

Jane is the author of over twenty non-fiction books on a variety of topics, including interior design and popular British history. She specializes in books on mind, body and spirit, including The Palmistry Bible, Understanding Astrology, Destiny Tarot and the best-selling The Psychic’s Bible. For two years she wrote the astrology column in The Sun, and is now the astrologer for Bella magazine.

Jane and her husband live in a rural corner of East Sussex with their two cats.

C M Taylor

Craig (who writes as C M Taylor) has published a commercially-oriented satire Premiership Psycho with Corsair/Constable and Robinson, and also two literary novels, Light and Cloven, a dark take on 2001's foot and mouth disease outbreak. Under the nom de plume Ed Lark, Taylor has published Grief, a dystopian fantasy which was nominated for the British Science Fiction Association Book of the Year, 2005. The BFSA wrote, "Grief is a magnificent novel… Ed Lark is certainly a writer to look out for."

C M Taylor's journalism has been published in the national press, including The Guardian and The Telegraph.

He took a Cambridge first in Social Anthropology and lived in India, Belgium and Spain, before recently settling in Oxford with his wife and canoe. He is currently working on a non-fiction book about allotments and a novel.

Val Tyler

  Val is the author of two books for children, The Time Wreccas and The Time Apprentice. The first of these was shortlisted for the inaugural Ottakar's children's book prize, and was also the Ottakar's Book of the Month.

The second was praised by the Independent for its, 'clever pseudo-science, attractive characterisation and well-sustained suspense.'

Val was a teacher for twenty years, teaching every age group from five to eighteen.

She now writes full time and lives deep in the Welsh countryside.

Tricia Wastvedt

  Tricia was born in London in 1954 and grew up in south-east England.

She has been a secretary, a gardener and a designer. She began writing in 1998.

THE RIVER, her first novel, was long-listed for the Orange Prize, shortlisted for the Authors' Club Prize, and is currently on the longlist for Le Prince Maurice prize. She is working on her second novel.

She also teaches on the MA Creative Writing Course at Bath Spa University and has occasional teaching commitments in France.


Lawrence Watt-Evans

Lawrence is the author of some three dozen novels of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, and over a hundred short stories, including the Hugo-Award-winning "Why I Left Harry's All-Night Hamburgers."

He is the recipient of two ASIMOV'S Readers' Choice awards, and SCIENCE FICTION CHRONICLE named his novel Dragon Weather the best fantasy of 1999, but his favorite comment on his work is from STARDATE's review of his science fiction novel Shining Steel: "...if it's a question of your buying this book or buying groceries, well, a few beans never hurt anybody..."

He has taught writing at the Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland and at the Viable Paradise writers' workshop on Martha's Vineyard, has served as president of the Horror Writers Association and treasurer of SFWA, and was managing editor of the Hugo-nominated webzine HELIX

Andrew Wille

AndrewWprimalpicAndrew is an experienced editor, writer, and teacher of creative writing. He was managing editor and later senior editor at Little, Brown UK, acquiring, editing, and publishing critically acclaimed and award-winning works of fiction and nonfiction, and subsequently as a freelance editor worked for many of the industry’s most notable imprints. He has an MFA in writing and poetics from Naropa University’s pioneering Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, Colorado, where he also taught workshops in creative writing and publishing.

He is a tutor for University College Falmouth’s MA in Professional Writing, and has also taught at the University of Colorado and Front Range Community College and led seminars on publishing at Canterbury Christ Church University, City University, and Lancaster University. His own fiction and nonfiction have been published in anthologies Uncontained and Primal Picnics and in many literary magazines – more information at www.wille.org

 Philip Womack

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He is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, The Other Book and The Liberators.

The Liberators was a Children's Book of the Year for 2010 in The Times and The Daily Telegraph. He is a Contributing Editor to Literary Review and Port.

He now lives in London.