Daniel Culver is a writer and editor, currently living and working in east London, having spent his formative years fluttering between the council estates of Essex and the wilds of Asia and the Americas.
He is an alumnus of both Faber Academy and Curtis Brown Creative and his quirky, crime debut will be published in March 2018.
Liz has always surrounded herself with books. As a child, she was always to be found with her head in one and she still has a bookcase full of her childhood favourites to this day. (As a thirteen-year-old she read The Lord of the Rings twelve times in a row, cover to cover!) All this reading led, unsurprisingly, to a degree in English Literature, (and another book-case full of books) and then a job as a cataloguer of early printed books for a major university library. Children (and then cats and chickens) interrupted her bibliographic career, and having given up library work Liz found herself doing more reading, and increasingly she found herself enjoying novels by writers like Trisha Ashley, Katie Fforde, Milly Johnson and Lucy Diamond. Inspired by their example, she started writing fiction and hasn’t stopped since, joining the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s wonderful New Writers’ Scheme to try to learn how to write novels properly in 2015. She has also attempted writing some short stories, with one The Second Princess winning a competition in Writing Magazine which led her to think that maybe publication wasn’t a pipe dream after all.
When not reading or writing Liz is often to be found on stage (or behind it) with her local amateur dramatic society, drinking tea, or visiting one of the several North Yorkshire seaside villages which were the inspiration for the fictional Rawscar, the setting for her debut novel The Little Church by the Sea.
James Stansfield grew up in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire and now lives in Cardiff with his wife and daughter. He began his writing career contributing features and television reviews to the website Den of Geek, covering shows such as The Killing, Banshee and Archer.
His action thriller debut, Anaconda Vice, will be published in February 2018.
Jacqueline Grima is in her final year of an MA in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her creative work has appeared in a variety of publications and, in 2014, she was shortlisted for the Luke Bitmead Bursary Award. She has a variety of day jobs, including writing and editing for the university’s student press office, academic proofreading and hosting food demonstrations in her local supermarket. Jacqueline lives in Cheshire with her three sons and an insulin-dependent West Highland Terrier called Molly. Follow her on Twitter @GrimaJgrima and read her blog at www.jacquelinegrima.wordpress.com
I'm a bus pass toting granny who refuses to grow old gracefully and I live on the edge of a Scottish forest with my long suffering husband who has learned how to work the Aga, ignore the dust bunnies and pass me the wine.
I've always liked making up stories, first for myself and then my children. Writing and researching and getting to know my characters are a great way to pass the time and long may it last.
My hobbies include reading, tapestry, and travel and I try to persuade everybody that holidays are necessary. For research you know. Not sure they believe me.
Rachel won the Flirty Fiction Mills & Boon/Prima magazine competition in 2015, and the Writers Bureau Writer of the Year award in 2016, and has had several books published with Harper Collins/Mills & Boon. She lives in Yorkshire with her young family and in addition to being an adult education teacher, she writes flirty, fun and heartfelt romantic fiction.
I have always lived in Yorkshire, migrating a whole three miles over the border from South to North Yorkshire and have always loved reading. As a kid, I was always reading when I should have been doing something else and nothing has changed (uncooked or burnt dinners being commonplace in my house – cooking’s overrated anyway). For most of my adult life I’ve worked as a dog groomer, interspersed with bouts of working as a musician, playing drums and saxophone, which has taken me to Germany and Israel. They’re not that compatible really, dog grooming and music – dogs hate the noises saxes and drums make (well mine do; or maybe it’s how I play them.) I have been and always will be, unashamedly, a rock chick.
After ignoring the urge to write for a long time (too busy, no time, kids to feed, books to read) I finally did a creative writing course with Writers’ Bureau, which I loved. I’ve written two thrillers, which is my favourite genre to read, and a couple of children’s books. I’ve also sold short stories to Take-A-Break’s Fiction Feast.
Lisa grew up in the village of Bussage, near Stroud, in the Cotswolds until she returned to Cheltenham as a teenager. She is married to her very own hero, Matt, and has three sons, Hamish, Archie and Laurence. Her first encounter of a romance author was chats over the garden wall between her father, Godfrey, and Mrs Cooper from the neighbouring village of Bisley. It came as quite a surprise in later life to find that Mrs Cooper was in fact Jilly Cooper! Lisa’s writing inspiration now comes from other Cotswolds authors including Jill Mansell and Katie Fforde.
Lisa writes contemporary romance with a light-hearted tone. What interests her most is people, their interactions, emotions and relationships. It’s probably why her career to date has been based in property; she confesses she is ‘naturally curious’.
When she’s not busy writing, helping Matt run his electrical empire, or being her sons’ taxi service, Lisa enjoys running with her gun dog, the aptly named electrician’s dog, Sparky.
Lisa is a graduate of the Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Scheme and attributes this supportive and informative scheme to finally achieving publication in 2017 with her debut novel, Meet Me at Number Five.
Patrick Redmond worked as a City solicitor before publishing his first psychological thriller “The Wishing Game”. Having long been interested in criminology his books focus on the psychological aspect of crime and the disturbing ways in which a strong mind can manipulate a weaker one. Patrick lives in West London. In his spare time he likes socialising, watching films, eating pizza and making half-hearted attempts to keep fit.
Neil White is a bestselling crime fiction author, with ten novels published to date, which include the number one bestseller Cold Kill and the acclaimed Parker brothers trilogy. He is published by BonnierZaffre, and his latest, From The Shadows, has already achieved bestseller status. Although Neil will continue to write thrillers, Manatee has obtained the rights to Lost In Nashville, something much different from his usual fare, an emotional story of a father and son trying to reconnect through their love of Johnny Cash.
Award winning editor Áine Toner has been at the helm of Ireland’s Woman’s Way magazine since 2008 and is also editorial director of Irish Tatler Man magazine. A Belfast native who lives in Dublin, her previous jobs included working for BBC Northern Ireland and a host of daily and local newspapers and magazines.
She grew up in a house where books were very important and it was no surprise her academic life and career led to be constantly surrounded by words. She loves how the right phrasing can make a story come alive on a page.
Áine has significant TV and radio experience, regularly contributing as a panellist on topics such as health, fashion, beauty, books and the soaps. She can be found on Twitter at @aineltoner where she uploads musings on television, stationery, books and cake.
Outside of journalism, she has been published in short story anthologies. Let’s Talk About Six is her first novel.