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Alfie Dog Fiction Authors

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Michael Barry – has spent several decades as director, producer and writer, mainly in theatre, but with a lot of experience in television, short film and corporate audio-visual work, Michael has turned more to writing and internet publishing with age – now with 7 plays published, more unpublished, several full-length screen scripts seeking commission, some 100 corporate credits, 200 TV credits (writer/ researcher for daytime and arts programmes), short stories and a new direction into novella-length fiction and factual ebooks. (This Land is My Land)

Jan Baynham is a fiction writer living in Cardiff. Several of her short stories and flash fiction pieces are published in anthologies and on-line. At present, she is actively looking for a home for her debut novel, a family saga, with agents and publishers. Currently writing her second novel, Jan has been a member of the RNA’s New Writer Scheme since 2016. She may be followed on Twitter @JanBayLit and on her Jan Baynham Writer Facebook page. She writes a regular blog about her journey as a writer on www.janbaynham.blogspot.co.uk(Came as Me, Left as We)

Kate Blackadder has had almost 30 stories published in women’s magazines and anthologies including New Writing Scotland. She was shortlisted for the Scotsman/Orange Short Story Award in 2006. In September 2011 she had a 7-part serial published in The People’s Friend called The Family at Farrshore; Ulverscroft are bringing out a large-print edition soon. http://katewritesandreads.blogspot.co.uk/(Came as Me, Left as We, A Wish for Christmas)

Angela K Blackburn enrolled on a writers’ course in March 2012 which sparked her new career and from that she has been long listed in several short story competitions.  She loves writing fiction, anything from 100 words to novel length in fantasy, SF, horror and romance genres.  She lives in South Norfolk with her husband and a large menagerie of animals.  See http://thewritingriderblog.blogspot.co.uk(Came as Me, Left as We, By My Side)

Pat Boulton began writing for children on retirement. After completing a course with THE ACADEMY OF CHILDREN’S WRITERS. She has had children’s stories published in ‘The People’s Friend’ and ‘Ireland’s Own’. She has had one children’s book published in 2010. (Read it Again)

Terence Brand – The son of a career airman, Terence Brand joined the Royal Air Force from school. After five years, serving in Cyprus, Malta, Singapore and Malaya, he decided to try his luck in civvie street. Retraining in electronics, he worked in Radio and TV servicing until assuming the management/directorship of a Hi-Fi retail outlet.  After twenty-five years in retail, early retirement beckoned. Writing, walking, a little snooker and a deal of music now fill his days. (This Land is My Land)

Judith Bruton PhD, artist/writer, moved to the Summerland Coast, New South Wales from Adelaide, South Australia in 2012. Her stories/poems are published in anthologies and online ~ alfiedog.com, ABC Open, narratorAUSTRALIA; Short and Twisted 2011, 2012, 2013; Relay, Marion Writers Inc 2011; Avant New Writing 2009. Shortlisted, Alan Marshall Short Story Award 2010. Visit: judithbruton.com (Came as Me, Left as We)

Ann Burnett has published short stories, articles and children’s stories, as well as writing a novel, which she self-published, as part of her Masters in Creative Writing. She is an experienced Creative Writing tutor and is joint President of Ayr Writers’ Club. For five years, Ann wrote a Postman Pat story every week for a comic and wrote the Postman Pat annuals and Holiday Specials as well, a total of about 250 tales. She has also been a scriptwriter for BBC Children’s Radio and TV, producing over 100 radio scripts, including four series of Radio Ulster’s popular Hurley Burley programme for the under 5’s and the two Hurley Burley TV series. She also wrote scripts for BBC Radio Scotland’s schools programmes. She loves travelling and picks up lots of ideas and settings for stories and articles from visits to distant climes. You can find out more about her on www.annburnett.co.uk. Her novel, Loving Mother, is available on Amazon. (Read it Again)

Tina K Burton has been writing short stories and articles for seven years. She has had work in publications including The Weekly News, Modern Marriages, The Lady, Real People, Twisted Tongue, and Australia’s That’s Life magazine. Her first novel has been signed to Crooked Cat Publishing. She is currently writing another two novels, ‘Pieces of Cake’, and ‘Born to Love Me’, a cloning based thriller. When she’s not writing, she enjoys going for long walks on Dartmoor where she lives with her family. (Came as Me, Left as We)

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Dr. Robert Clifford is a retired General Practitioner who has been writing and broadcasting since the early 1960s. He has had 22 books published with several translations, possibly up to 1000 broadcasts and he plays a part in writing organizations such as PEN and the Westcountry Writers Association. (This Land is My Land)

Patsy Collins – lives on the south coast of England. Her short stories regularly appear in magazines such as Take a Break’s Fiction Feast, My Weekly, Ireland’s Own, Woman’s Weekly, and That’s Life! Patsy’s debut novel, a romance entitled ‘Escape to the Country’ was published in 2012. This was followed by ‘Paint Me a Picture’ and ‘A Year and a Day’. When she’s not writing, Patsy runs creative writing workshops encouraging others to have a go. She also enjoys gardening, photography and travelling with her husband in their campervan. To learn more about Patsy and her writing please visit http://patsy-collins.blogspot.co.uk(Came as Me, Left as We, A Wish for Christmas, By My Side, Up The Garden Path, Not a Drop to Drink, From Story Idea to Reader)

Caroline Scott Collins – lives on the western edge of Dartmoor, she has two married sons and four little grandsons. She has a wide range of hobbies and interests, especially writing. After a variety of careers and freelance experiences in the past and recent life-changing events, she believes the time has come to focus on writing and pursue her love of travelling to exotic locations with sunny, palm tree–fringed beaches, which feed her inspiration. She loves meeting new people and enjoys learning new languages – currently Spanish. www.carolinescottcollins.co.uk  Blog: MoorScribbles www.facebook.com/CarolineScottCollins Twitter: @caroscottcolli (Came as Me, Left as We)

Chris Cooke has been writing as an Author, Poet and Lyricist for twenty-seven years. He has two self published books, The Ride and Stories For Those Of Us With A Short Attention Span. Chris also has three CD’s of original music available. The newest CD, Blue Marble Symphony features a duet with the legendary Delaney Bramlett. When not writing or touring the world with various bands, Chris enjoys surfing, stunt kite flying and online gaming.  www.chriscooke.net (Came as Me, Left as We, This Land is My Land)

Sheila Crosby – is a British writer who went to the Canary Islands with a six-month contract to work at the astronomical observatory there. She met a tall, dark, handsome local in the Isaac Newton Telescope and fell in love under the stars. So far, Sheila has sold non-genre fiction to the UK magazines People’s Friend, Chat and Yours, and speculative fiction to Adbusters, Cosmos Online, Wily Writers, Oceans of the Mind and Farthing. She’s also published an anthology of children’s stories about La Palma’s starry skies, an anthology of SF, and a non-fiction guide book to the observatory Her website is http://sheilacrosby.

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Linda Daunter is a freelance writer living in the East of England. Her short stories and articles have appeared in print and online magazines, and she is currently working on two novels – one for adults, one for children. She also spends far too much time blogging at www.linda-daunter.blogspot.co.uk (Fashion Circles)

 

Dorothy Davies is a medium writer and editor who has contributed to many Static Movement anthologies as well as editing some of them.  Her work often involves historical figures.  She is a full member of the Fictioneers. She likes to walk on the dark side of writing – with the help of horror and ghost writers in spirit. This adds a variety to her writing. She hopes you will visit again for more of her historic and dark tales. (A Wish for Christmas)

Valerie Dawson-Mileslives just outside Edinburgh in Scotland having grown up in sunny Africa!  On her daily commute, before retiring, all sorts of stories were going around her head, and now, retired, she is writing them down. Until now they were all about cats, as she has always shared her home with very memorable feline personalities. She is currently working on a story about an elephant and trying to find time for painting. (Read it Again)

Linda Louisa Dell has written several self-help books and four novels, a collection of jokes, poetry and short stories.  Her book: Yes and pigs might fly came third in the Wishing shelf best fiction awards in April 2012. Her second novel called: African Nights is an adventure and love story set in London and in South Africa. Her third novel: Earthscape (a long way from home) is a modern Science fiction story about an alien boy stranded on earth, and the fourth novel is called The Arranged Wedding about a plan for a wedding that does not go exactly to plan. Her web page is: www.lindalouisadell.com she blogs at www.lindalouisadell.com/wps/(A Wish for Christmas)

Michelle Martin Dobbins is an author, spiritual alchemist, & Reiki master who shares true stories of magic, creation and love in everyday life on her blog at www.dailyalchemy.com. She enjoys writing everything from romance to children’s stories to non-fiction, self-help books. You can connect with her and get her Magic Question of the Day, motivational snippets and updates on her writing on  Facebook andTwitter. (By My Side)

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Sarah England – Sarah originally trained as a nurse in Sheffield, before working as a medical representative specialising in mental health.Since then she has had around 160 short stories and serials published in national magazines, newspapers and anthologies.‘3am and Wide Awake’ – a collection of 25 dark tales (mostly supernatural or medically themed thrillers) – was published in 2013 by Alfie Dog Fiction; and ‘Expected’ – a comedy novel with Crooked Cat Publishing in June, 2013.She hopes to have a supernatural novel published soon, and continues to write serials for magazines. (A Wish for Christmas)

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Patricia Fawcetthas been writing for 25 years and has had one children’s book published and 3 novellas before she began writing romantic fiction. Her stories are based around family life and are set both in the North of England and latterly the South West. She has had 14 novels published and her new novel ‘A Small Fortune’  is due out in July. www.patriciafawcett.co.uk(Came as Me, Left as We)

Christine Findlay is a retired English teacher and former Educational Consultant who has been writing for the past seven years. In addition to an academic textbook ‘Higher Results in Textual Analysis’, published by Oxford University Press, she has  self published the children’s series, ‘The Colonel’s Collection’ under the name of Ardblair Publishing. With the help of www.youwriteon.com she has published her first children’s novel, ‘Ae Sma Voice’, written in Doric. (Read it Again)

Georgie Foord lives in Dorset and divides her time between her home, garden and nine grandchildren, as well as writing short stories and articles for magazines and newspapers. She has published about fifty stories and articles in most of the mainstream UK magazines and local publications, as well as Fast Fiction in Australia. Georgie has completed and sold a short romantic novel which can be found in large print format in public libraries worldwide. (A Wish for Christmas)

Jenny Francisis published for poems, stories and non-fiction. Her children’s stories have been published in People’s Friend. She has written articles for Yours, People’s Friend and Real People. Her stories have also received competition placings. (One Word Anthology)

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Alan Garth has spent the last 30 years as an academic researcher in the biosciences and has published over 100 papers and articles. However, he has been interested in writing fiction since he was in short trousers and has recently published short stories in Writing Magazine and AE. (One Word Anthology)

Tracey Glasspool – lives in Devon with her family, several cats, llamas and sheep. She has been writing seriously for the past two years and has had stories and articles published online and in magazines. She has been shortlisted in a number of competitions and is planning on winning one soon. She writes mainly for children and is working on her first novel while avoiding the Devon rain. (Read it Again)

Martin Gosling  is an English writer of articles and short stories. He worked briefly for the Daily Telegraph before serving in the Royal Artillery and then with London’s Metropolitan Mounted Police. He later became a probation officer. Over the last twenty years his articles have appeared in a range of criminal justice and police publications, including The Times (law supplement) and Criminal Lawyer. He contributes regularly to G4S International magazine and to county journals in East Anglia. He lives in Suffolk, keeps geese and is a member of the Dinghy Cruising Association. For a full list of publications to which he has contributed, go to:- www.martingosling-writer.co.uk (This Land is My Land)

Karenne Griffin has written numerous short stories and some of her work has been included in anthologies. She has published two novels: Beyond the Island and New Voices in the Valley. She is currently working on a sequel to Beyond the Island. She was born in Australia but now lives in Wales. For more information visit her website: karennegriffin.yolasite.com. (By My Side)

 

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Derek Haycock is a novelist and short story writer living in north Suffolk. Before he turned to creative writing, his career had been in research and development, mostly undertaken within multinational companies. His first novel (The Brilliance of Matt White) is available as an eBook through Amazon. He is close to finishing a second novel and has the opening and plot for a third. The only common element is that his novels are inhabited by unusual characters, upon whom life’s problems fall a little harder — and a lot weirder — than for most of us, fortunately. (Came as Me, Left as We)

G. Lloyd Helm – Helm is a world traveler and general ne’er do well scribbler who has  three novels out with a fourth on its way, as well as a compilation of BIG DAVE stories called TRAIN WHEELS, FLYING SAUCERS,  AND THE GHOST OF TIBURCIO VASQUEZ.  Helm’s epitaph will read “He married well. www.mouseprintspublishing.com (This Land is My Land)

Suzie Hindmarsh-KnightsIn her formative years Suzie Hindmarsh-Knights worked on a racehorse property in rural Victoria, gaining an in depth knowledge of the Australian racing industry. She lived in Hong Kong for five years, travelled through North and South America, Europe and Asia as well as remote trips through the Australian Outback. These experiences bring a distinctive perspective to her writing. www.suziehindmarshknights.com(Came as Me, Left as We,  By My Side)

Rebecca Holmes lives in Leicestershire, in the heart of England. Her stories appear regularly in The People’s Friend, as well as other magazines including Woman’s Weekly, My Weekly and Ireland’s Own. She loves the Lake District, the West Country and her cat. Her family sometimes get a look-in, too. (By My Side)

Teresa Howard is a life-long fan of science fiction and fantasy.  Her published stories cover a wide range of the speculative fiction genre and children’s stories.  She enjoys attending conventions and meeting others who share her love for writing.  Teresa has participated in beginning and advanced writers workshops by Ann Crispin at Dragon*con in Atlanta.   For many years she was employed as a technology coordinator and computer lab instructor at a local elementary school in Birmingham Alabama. (Read it Again)

Susan Howe – writes short and very short fiction and has won several prizes over the last few years. Some of her work can be found on the Ether Books App and at Alfie Dog Fiction as well as in anthologies and magazines, while ‘The Beast Next Door’ will be released as a short feature film early in 2014. She is a selecting editor for the FlashFlood Journal and enjoys judging competitions. Susan lives in rural Herefordshire with her husband, son and pets, and blogs, or bribes other writers to blog, at the long and the short of it. (A Wish for Christmas)

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Ann Ingalls has been writing for most of her adult life, both as an early childhood and special education teacher and as a freelance writer. She is the author of 23 books in print or forthcoming for Houghton Mifflin, Penguin Books for Young Readers, Scholastic, World Book, Child’s World, Norwood House, and Pilgrim Press. Ann is a frequent contributor to Highlights High Five and Highlights Hello Magazines. Visit her website at www.anningalls.com. (Read it Again)

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Bernadette James  – was brought up in Cornwall and now lives in Surrey with her husband. She has had numerous short stories published in women’s magazines in the UK and overseas, including Woman’s Weekly, Take a Break, The People’s Friend and Best. Her work has been placed or shortlisted in competitions for both poetry and short stories and has also appeared in a number of short story anthologies. (By My Side)

Duncan Jones is found nearer to a pint than a cocktail, is nearer to 40 than 20 and according to his wife is nearer to being a geek than ever being cool. As well as other stories for children on Alfie Dog he has a range of short fiction/poetry published in Structo and Ether books. (Read it Again)

Lydia Jones writes serials and short stories for: Woman’s Weekly; The People’s Friend; My Weekly; Take A Break and has been published in Australia. Her work has won international competitions and featured in anthologies. Her e-book trilogy “For A Smile” spent several months in Amazon top ten for its genre. Lydia describes her stories as “feel-good”: whatever happens a happy ending is assured. When not writing, Lydia will be walking with her rescue dog Dino! www.lydiajones.co.uk(By My Side)

Maggie Jones – lives on the beautiful Isle of Wight, where she finds the inspiration to write.  Her genres are romance, comedy and drama.  Bessie’s Rescue was her first story published with Alfie Dog, she has since had a further 19 stories published, including stories in the compilations ‘Came as Me, Left as We,’, ‘A Wish for Christmas’, and ‘Read it Again’.  Maggie’s own book, Blue’s Adventures, was published at the end of 2014. Blue’s Adventures is a children’s book about a teddy bear, Blue, and his adventures living on the Isle of Wight. Blue has his own face book page, where he posts his daily adventures. The book has been very well received, gaining 5* reviews on Amazon. Maggie is chairperson of The Wight Fair Writers & Artists Circle www.iowwritingcircle.co.uk which holds competitions to support local Charities.  She has a face book page facebook.com/groups/622709414412970/ where likeminded authors share tips and ideas. (Came as Me, Left as We, A Wish for Christmas, Read it Again)

Susan Jones Susan Jones lives in North Warwickshire and writes pocket novels for My Weekly. She also writes short stories and has one in the weekly edition of My Weekly coming soon. Author of Redington and Murder in the village, she is now planning a Christmas in Redington when she’s finished her current romantic story for a pocket novel. When she’s not writing, hobbies are gardening and spending time with family, in reverse order. You can find her website here www.susanjanejones.com She is blogging here www.susanjanejones.wordpress.com (Came as Me, Left as We)

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Camilla Kelly has had short stories published online and in various magazines in the UK and abroad, including Take a Break, Woman’s Weekly, My Weekly and The People’s Friend. She lives in Devon and is currently working on a novel for young adults. (A Wish for Christmas)

Rosemary J. Kind – turned to writing after a 20 year business career, although she has written as a hobby for many years. Initially she focussed on non-fiction. Her main passion, however, is fiction. She also writes her dog’s daily diary as an internet blog www.alfiedog.me.uk She has won a number of prizes and short listings for her poetry, blog and short stories. Her main hobby is developing the Entlebucher Mountain Dog breed within the UK. Her books include both fiction and non-fiction. You can find her own writing blog at www.rjkind.co.uk (Came as Me, Left as We, The Appearance of Truth, New York Orphan, Alfie’s Woods, The Lifetracer, Alfie’s Diary, Pet Dogs Democratic Party Manifesto, The Complete Entlebucher Mountain Dog Book, From Story Idea to Reader, Lovers take up Less Space)

Svetlana Kortchik was born in a small Siberian town of Tomsk and, when she was 16, moved to Australia with her mum. She lives in Sydney, working as a computer programmer. Her passions are writing, travelling, history and martial arts. www.facebook.com/lanakortchik. Her books are available on Amazon (By My Side)

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Pauline Lachman has published and won one short  children’s story competition. Her poems and writing journal can be found at Google.com under Pauline Lachman. She has always written stories. Now retired she writes and reads at two writers clubs in Ontario, Canada. (A Wish for Christmas)

 

Catherine Lang started writing in her teens and, after graduation, worked in educational publishing and then public affairs. She wrote on myriad topics, her work regularly appearing in print and electronic media. In recent years she has added fiction, poetry and drama to her portfolio and has enjoyed success in competition and in publication. A founder member of LiterEight, she has contributed both as writer and editor to their two anthologies. (Stomping Good Stories for Children)

Linda Lewis has been writing and selling short stories since 2003. Since then she has worked as a tutor for The Writers Bureau and run courses at Swanwick Writers Summer School. She also gives talks, runs workshops, judges competitions and offers an affordable feedback service. Her fiction has appeared in magazines including Woman’s Weekly, My Weekly, Yours, Best, Take a break/Fiction Feast and The People’s Friend, as well as titles in Australia and Scandinavia. Her books include THE WRITER’S TREASURY OF IDEAS which was published in 2012 (Filament Publishing) as well as a series of guides for writers. She is currently working on a novel featuring one of the dogs from her latest story collection, SAVING SAM AND OTHR DOG TALES. Find out more via twitter @writingiseasy and on her website vnlwritespace.com (Saving Sam and Other Dog Tales, A Wish for Christmas, By My Side)

Peter Lingard born a Briton sold ice-creams on railway stations, worked as a bank clerk, delivered milk, laboured in a large dairy, served in the Royal Marines and ‘bounced’ leery customers in a London clip-joint.  He was an accountant, a barman and a farm worker.  Peter lived in the US for a while, where he owned a freight forwarding business.  He went to Australia because the sun frequently shines and the natives communicate in English.  His stories and poems have appeared in 60+ magazines and e-zines.  His first novel seeks publication.  Contact him at plingaus@bigpond.com (A Wish for Christmas, By My Side, This Land is My Land)

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Perry Mc Daid – Born and bred in Derry, Northern Ireland, with short work-oriented exiles to Belfast, Perry Mc Daid is a poet and writer who continues to appear on the international scene. Some of his work is on display in Peter Townsend’s “The Irish Exhibition”. He resides with his family in Creggan, nestled beneath the Donegal hills, scratching his head and beavering away at his next novel. His current novel: the fantasy ‘The Paladin of Tarrthála’ is available in both ebook and hardback. A collection of previously unpublished short stories ‘String o’ Misery’ is his latest release. News of his daring exploits and general updates can be found at http://phoenixmartin.wordpress.com/ (By My Side)

Gill McKinlay – writes (mainly) humorous short stories and articles and has had 75 published in various magazines including Cat World, Your Cat, Woman’s Weekly, My Weekly, The Weekly News, Take a Break, Fiction Feast and That’s Life! (Australia). (Came as Me, Left as We, A Wish for Christmas)

Annabel Mackenzie lives in Hampshire, in the south of England, with her fiancé. She is a new writer, currently studying an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Chichester, where she is working on a collection of short stories. Prior to starting this course she had poetry published in the anthology Sweet Nothings (2011). ‘He’s Weird’ is her first story in publication and she hopes many more will follow. (Read it Again)

John Malone lives in Adelaide, South Australia not far from the beach. He loves swimming – in summer – and walking. Since his early retirement ten years ago, John has discovered the joy of writing, having had two volumes of adult poetry published and over 160 children’s poems in the UK, the US. Australia and NZ. This year he has discovered the joy of short story writing. This is his third adult short story to be published. (This Land is My Land)

Theresa van Meter is a writer from Jackson, Ohio, USA.  Her most recent work is published in the magazine, True Confessions and online at Alfie Dog.  Her love affair with words started the very moment she realized that words could transport a reader anywhere.  One of her favorite books as a child was a huge dictionary that she lugged to school.  It is now frayed and falling apart from continual use.  Her first fiction writing accomplishment came when she received an honorable mention from a writing contest at her elementary school. (By My Side)

Henry Mitchell  has written two novels, The Summer Boy (2013), Between Times (2014), and a collection of short stories, Dark on the Mountain (Nov. 2015), all published by Alfie Dog Fiction. He currently lives with his wife Jane Ella Matthews, a Feldenkrais instructor, and their German shepherd, Simon in the town of Saluda (population 710) in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Henry is working on a third novel, “Laurel Falls,” to complete his trilogy about photographer Benjamin Drum, which will be out later this year, and a mystery novel about religion and murder, tentatively titled “Belief.” (This Land is My Land, The Summer Boy, Between Times, Laurel Falls, Dark on the Mountain)

Lori Windsor Mohr has been writing professionally for sixteen years. Her short stories have been published in Family Dog, The Stafford, and Pug Talk, where she was a staff writer for six years. Lori holds a master’s degree in Nursing from UCLA and taught at Cal State University before devoting herself full time to writing. Her son Michael Mohr has been a bestselling author at Alfiedog.com. Lori lives a life of quiet chaos with her husband and dogs in Ojai, California. (The Road at my Door)

Michael Mohr Michael Mohr is a Bay Area writer, former literary agent’s assistant and freelance book editor. His fiction has been published in: Adelaide Literary Magazine; Bethlehem Writers’ Roundtable; Fiction Magazines; Tincture; Flash: The International Short Short Story Magazine; and more. A new story is forthcoming from Concho River Review (Dec, 2018). His blog pieces have been included in Writers’ Digest, Writer Unboxed, Creative Penn and MASH. His most recent client accomplishment is a memoir, White American Youth, by Christian Picciolini, a former neo Nazi skinhead who changed his life. (Hachette, Dec 26, 2017.) Michael edits memoir, adult literary and commercial novels, YA and suspense/thriller. His writing/editing website is www.michaelmohrwriter.com. (This Land is My Land)

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Roger Noons After many years of writing technical reports, in 2006 Roger began writing scripts for a film-making friend. Since then he has completed over 500 short stories, poems, memoirs and non-fiction pieces. He has had work published in The Telegraph, West Midlands newspapers and magazines, CafeLit, 5 Minute Fiction, Running Out of Ink as well as anthologies of poetry and prose. Last year he self-published a book of 26 of his stories and this year he has written and directed his first film. From time to time, he performs his poetry and regularly reads to groups of blind and poor-sighted people. He has been invited to attend local schools as a ‘Guest Poet.’ In January 2018, Slimline Tales, containing 75 of his flash and micro fiction stories, was published by Chapeltown Books. (By My Side)

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Alice Parrant has had short stories published in both Woman’s Weekly Magazine and in the small press. She has also had work placed and shortlisted in a few competitions including the Yorkshire Ridings True Romance Contest. Alice tends to work best in cafes, so has developed a rather unfortunate taste for multiple cups of coffee and plates of cake! She blogs at http://aliceinwritingland.wordpress.com/(Came as Me, Left as We)

Margaret Pearce started her writing life as a copywriter in an advertising agency and took to writing fiction when raising children. Her first primary booklet ended up nearly the length of Gone With The Wind as the kids rushed home every afternoon demanding, ‘Quick! Where’s the next chapter’. This did eventually get published as four primary books with lots of cutting down. She completed an Arts Degree as a mature age student at Monash University and got most of the way through a Dip Ed before acknowledging she was not teacher material as she kept mislaying chalk, dusters, lesson plans and the occasional student. She lurks in an underground flat in the Dandenongs, still writing. (A Wish for Christmas)

Paul Peppers is a 53 year old diesel mechanic living in Cartersville, GA. He has an associate degree from Coosa Valley Tech. His short stories have appeared on the Western online and drunkmonkeysonimpression.com / another of his stories is to appear in an anthology put together by Loconeal publishing. And another small article on One Book Shelf. (This Land is My Land)

Pat St. Pierre   has been writing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction since her college days. She tries to capture small vignettes of life and turn them into poems. Her published chapbook “Theatre of Life” by Finishing Line Press contains such poems. Her children’s writings have been published widely: The Kids Ark, US Kids, Our Little Friend, My Light, Knowonder, Smories, Stories that Lift, etc.  She also has a love of photography and can be seen carrying her camera wherever she goes. She takes photos and then tries to write her titles which also describe “snapshots” of everyday occurrences. Some of her photos can be viewed at: Ken*Again, Ramshackle Review, Pond Ripples, The Shine, The Camel Saloon, Foliate Oak, etc. She considers herself a literary “jack of all trades” and thoroughly enjoys what she does. Her blog is www.pstpierre.wordpress.com. (Read it Again)

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Mary Raebel works as an assistant editor for a parenting magazine. In addition to writing news stories and features, she has had children’s fiction published in magazines such as Pockets, My Friend and On the Line. Her favorite places to write are in the park, at the local pool and in between innings at her son’s baseball games. Mary also worked in radio news for 15 years and has experience in commercial acting. (Read it Again)

Pam Ramage began writing for children after joining Ayr Writers Club. She has had stories published in various children’s magazines, including Twinkle, Bimbo & Pippin (also Annuals) – 2 stories in Story Teller and stories broadcast on Radio Scotland. She wrote scripts for Postman Pat magazine and scripts for Radio Ulster’s Schools Programmes. She wrote commissioned stories for the children’s page in My Weekly and has stories in 3 anthologies. ‘Christmas Short Story Anthology'(Kindle Edition) is available from Amazon. (Stomping Good Stories for ChildrenRead it Again)

Tom Rhoyd following the publication of some stories in local and British magazines in his student years, he moved into the corporate world where he wrote innumerable technical reports. After too many years of that tedium, he returned to writing fiction of contemporary South Africa—people, places, and events that are often shaped by the past. His recent work has appeared in New Contrast (literary journal) and DRUM (iconic Black magazine). (This Land is My Land)

 Lilliana Rose grew up on a farm in Australia, played with DNA, taught science, and travelled, which has fed her imagination and spurred her to write. Creating Wings (2012) is her first collection of poetry. She has a Masters in creative writing at Adelaide University. Check out more of her work at: www.lillianarose.com(Came as Me, Left as We, By My Side)

Fiona Faith Ross lives in the South West of England. She has a lifelong interest in technology and recently gained a BSC in Information Technology (Reading). She writes novel length science fiction, ghost and horror stories. She won a prize from Seattle-based editor, Anne Mini, for the first page of her novel entitled IN TWO MINDS. She won an honourable mention from Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine in their competition #83, ‘Tweeted‘. She is seeking agency representation for IN TWO MINDS, a techno-thriller of 63,000 words. She can be contacted at ffross[at]ymail[dot]com. (One Word Anthology)

Stephen Rowson – has diverse interests. When not writing fiction he works as an engineering consultant in the aerospace industry and enjoys flying an elderly single-engine airplane around the midwestern U.S., playing Chopin nocturnes on the piano, and reading a variety of fiction, from Sue Grafton to Alan Furst to Georges Simenon (in French). (This Land is My Land)

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Helena Sheridan – was brought up in Australia and moved to Scotland in 1976.  Past President of the Ayr Writers’ Club and current drama workshop leader, Helena has written 20 children’s stories for “My Weekly” magazine, and 7 scripts, poems, lyrics and stories for BBC Radio Ulster Schools Programmes. She has also had women’s fiction and poetry published in Britain and abroad.  Three times winner of the Scottish Association of Writers drama award, her plays and comic monologues have been performed in various theatres in Scotland.  Further details on www.litereight.co.uk (Stomping Good Stories for Children)

Annette Siketa– born in England, Annette’s writing history was unremarkable until March 2008, when a routine eye operation rendered her totally blind.  Her life changed completely, and it was her penchant for crafting stories that ‘saved’ her, although at the time, she knew nothing about professional writing.  From a technical standpoint, her first novel, The Dolls House, was an unmitigated disaster.  However, she persevered, and has now written numerous multi-award winning novels and short stories, covering a range of topics from children’s fantasy to historical fiction. The Sisterhood – Curse of Abbot Hewitt’, was released by Sinister Grin Press on 15th Febuary, 2017. http://sinistergrinpress.com/blog/pulling-teeth-annette-siketa/(Came as Me, Left as We)

Ian D Smith – is a new writer, initially concentrating on non-fiction but recently developing an interest in short stories. He has had non-fiction features published in a national magazine, a professional association journal and in regional and local newspapers. He has ghost-written a number of press releases. He has had four erotic short stories published in the monthly subscription pdf magazine “Jade”. (This Land is My Land)

Pat St. Pierre   has been writing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction since her college days. She tries to capture small vignettes of life and turn them into poems. Her published chapbook “Theatre of Life” by Finishing Line Press contains such poems. Her children’s writings have been published widely: The Kids Ark, US Kids, Our Little Friend, My Light, Knowonder, Smories, Stories that Lift, etc.  She also has a love of photography and can be seen carrying her camera wherever she goes. She takes photos and then tries to write her titles which also describe “snapshots” of everyday occurrences. Some of her photos can be viewed at: Ken*Again, Ramshackle Review, Pond Ripples, The Shine, The Camel Saloon, Foliate Oak, etc. She considers herself a literary “jack of all trades” and thoroughly enjoys what she does. Her blog is www.pstpierre.wordpress.com (Read it Again)

Holly Stevens was born in Barnstaple, Devon but now lives in Wales with her husband, children and managerie of animals. As well as writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, spending time with her family and horse riding. Holly is also a professional  animal communicator and believes that the animals are our greatest healers and teachers. Her dream is to buy a smallholding, rescue unwanted animals, work with horses in Equine Assisted Therapy and breed Newfoundland dogs. (Read it Again)

Ginny Swart is from Cape Town, South Africa. She started life as a graphic artist and a copywriter, then worked as a char in Australia and tutored English in Hong Kong. She has been writing for 13 years mainly for woman’s magazines all over the English speaking world ( and some places that aren’t. They translate!) To date she has had about 600 published. She is the short story tutor for three on-line writing colleges: the South African Writer’s College, the New Zealand Writer’s College and the UK Writer’s College. The big novel is just around the corner if she can stop thinking in bytes of 2000 words and get her act together. (By My Side)

Lorraine Swoboda is an online advice columnist. She is one of the contributors to the One Word Anthology, and is writing a full length mystery based on ‘Freeze Frame’ from that collection. She is also working on a Regency romance. (One Word Anthology)

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Jeanne E. Tepper is a freelance writer living in West Bloomfield, MI, USA. She is mother to a teenaged daughter (aka The Girl), wife to an awesome guy, and steward to three crazy cats. Her blog, Brainmotes, chronicles her adventures in motherhood, writing, gardening, and sometimes men’s fashion. Jeanne writes short fiction and articles in addition to blogging for The Detroit News in the MichMoms section. You can follow Jeanne on Facebook at www.facebook.com/brainmotes or check out her twitter feed, @brainmotes. (A Wish for Christmas)

Samantha Tonge  lives in Cheshire with her lovely family and two cats who think they are dogs. Along with writing, her days are spent cycling, willing cakes to rise and avoiding housework. A love of fiction developed as a child, when she was known for reading Enid Blyton books in the bath. A desire to write bubbled away in the background whilst she pursued other careers, including a fun stint working at the Disneyland Paris theme park. Formally trained as a linguist, Samantha now likes nothing more than holing herself up in the spare room, in front of the keyboard. Writing romantic comedies and short stories is her passion. Her debut novel, Doubting Abbey, is out now. See her website for more details: http://samanthatonge.co.uk (Sweet Talk, By My Side)

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Elizabeth Weiss Vollstadt – Elizabeth Weiss Vollstadt has been writing for most of her life, winning many awards as a medical and business writer. As a free-lancer, she’s focused on children, although romance is always lurking in the back of her mind. She has written four non-fiction books for children and teenagers with Lucent Books, and a collection of short stories called Young Patriots: Inspiring Stories of the American Revolution, published by Boyds Mills Press. Other short stories have appeared in Highlights for Children, Jack and Jill, and Children’s Digest, as well as several anthologies. More recently, she published two novels for preteens, Pairs on Ice and Pairs at Nationals. Using ice skating as a backdrop, they explore preteen issues such as stepfamilies, bullying,friendship, and competition. You can check out her author’s page at www.amazon.com/author/elizabethvollstadt or follow her blog at www.elizabethvollstadt.blogspot.com (A Wish for Christmas)

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Gerard Taylor Wallace – Writes short stories, and is currently rewriting a first novel. Published at Congruentspaces.com Issue 4, Paragraphplanet.com, and with stories here at Alfiedog. Served in Vietnam with the U.S.M.C, and studied photography at The School of Visual Arts in N.Y.C. Lives in Brooklyn, near the sea. (This Land is My Land, Read it Again)

Fay Wentworth has recently had a collection of short stories, Destiny’s Footprints, published by Butford Publishing Ltd. Over 100 of her stories for children and adults have been published in magazines, anthologies and online, and have won awards in national competitions. Sweet Destiny, a trilogy of novellas where romance and mystery intertwine, is due for release in May 2012. Please visit her website: www.faywentworth.wordpress.com (By My Side)

Pauline Wiles  British by birth, Pauline Wiles moved to California nine years ago and, apart from a yearning for afternoon tea and historic homes, has never looked back. Her work has been published by House of Fifty, Toasted Cheese and Open Exchange. Pauline’s debut novel, Saving Saffron Sweeting, was a quarter finalist in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. (A Wish for Christmas)

Alan C. Williams –  his pretend world is as a retired Science teacher in France, where he lives with his loving wife, Anne, and adopted cats. His real world is in dreams – fantasies of the supernatural, superheroes and unleashed imaginations. Since he took up writing seriously in 2012, he has had a number of stories published in That’s Life Australia as well as children’s stories accepted by the N.S.W. Education Department for publication in their magazine for Primary pupils. (By My Side)

Jeff Williams teaches mathematics at Brandon University on the Canadian Prairies. He has written a wartime spy thriller, with another on the back burner, and he blogs about the period and setting: http://secondbysecondworldwar.com. He co-wrote a TV screenplay based loosely on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, but relocated to an orbiting space station, a thousand years from now—which is a far cry from the early-twentieth-century house where he lives with his wife and would-be-dog of a Maine Coon cat. http://www.jeffwilliamswriter.com (Came as Me, Left as We)

Rosalind Winter After a varied career (academic, soldier, theatre administrator, medical manager), she took early retirement in 2006. Since then she has published a comic novel, “Ready, Steady, Dig!” about an archaeological dig which awakens the little household gods of a Roman villa, and a sequel, “Gnome or Mr Nice Guy.”  A third book in the series, and a prequel set in Roman Britain, are in preparation.  She has also published a book of children’s stories, “The Mice of St Goran.” (Read it Again)

Iris Woodbury To calm down two naughty nieces who were fighting  in the back of the car, Iris created a story: ‘Pixies in the Hedgerow.’ She told them about the tiny people who lived beneath the hedges, and how they had great adventures, and would do anything to keep their world secret from the Big Folk. From Bexley to Hastings, the two children were glued to the window, watching for the tiny pixies Iris promised were hiding in the shrubs. After that the two girls couldn’t get enough of their mad aunt’s stories, and Iris has been making up tales ever since. Her preferred genres are fantasy and children’s literature, though Iris has a special place in her heart for short stories.  You can find her busy scribbling work at http://iriswoodbury.wordpress.com/   – on her blog Typos & Toffees. (Read it Again)

Roger Woodcock has had over a dozen short stories published in small press magazines. He has had an article published in the CAT magazine and a play performed at the Edinburgh Fringe. (This Land is My Land)

Sandra Woolfenden – started writing and selling short stories for the teenage magazines and went from there to stories for a more mature readership. She has sold somewhere between 250 to 300 short stories over the years to popular women’s magazines in the UK and abroad and has had one pocket novel published which went on to sell to large print (Linford Romances), available shortly  in the libraries, LOVE IN DISGUISE by Sandra Woolfenden. She is interested in people and the way they react to each other emotionally. (A Wish for Christmas)

Susan Wright – has had over a hundred stories published in women’s magazines over the years including Take A Break’s Fiction Feast, My Weekly, Chat, Yours and The Weekly News. She has also sold to magazines in Norway and Australia. (Came as Me, Left as We)

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Greta Yorke a retired infant teacher, lives in Prestwick, Ayrshire and has been writing for 6 years.  She writes poetry some of which has been published and children’s stories. Stories are usually interactive and fun with educational value, always keeping the reader in mind. (Stomping Good Stories for Children, Read it Again)

 

Peter Youell – has written short stories as recreation for many years, and only in the last three years submitted work for publication. The stories are around incidents that have occurred in his life. He lives in a cottage with his wife on an Olive Farm in the Northwest Province of South Africa. They have living with them, Misty a cross Siamese cat, and a stray cross, whatever dog, called Patches. His contact address is petcarm@hotmail.com (By My Side)

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Joan Zambelli began writing in 1996 by doing a ‘Writing for Children’ postal course and attending a local  Writing Group.  Almost 300 of her children’s stories and poems have been published in magazines, i.e. Twinkle, The People’s Friend (also in their Annuals), My Weekly, Stories for Children, Brownie, and Ireland’s Own.  She hopes children enjoy reading her stories, as much as she enjoys writing them. She has had poetry published in magazines and anthologies. ‘Home Sweet Home’, a paperback published by Alfie Dog Fiction, includes ten of Joan’s stories and two poems suitable for children aged between 3 and 7.  Another of her stories, ‘A Christmas Coat-Astrophe’, will be included in ‘Read It Again’, a collection of stories for children of all ages. (Read it Again)

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