HELEN H. DURRANT
OVER 500,000 books sold of her Calladine & Bayliss and DI Greco Series
I’m one of the ‘baby boomer’ generation. I was born in Edinburgh to an English father and Scottish mother. My father was from the North West of England and this was where the family settled.
I know the area well, both the good and the bad, and so I set my books here. Sitting between two counties, Lancashire and Yorkshire, and between the city and the hills, it offers a rich mix of the industrial and the countryside and all the character therein. I always planned to write crime novels — to create the characters in my books. Since my retirement from a busy teaching job in FE, this is what I’ve done — almost to exclusion of anything else!
I have a grown-up family and five grandchildren. They see me as something of an eccentric — always on my laptop writing away. Writing is something of a second career and, despite having a bus pass, keeps me busy, young and tuned in the world as it currently is.
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I like to think of myself as a writer of thoughtful, contemporary crime novels that are complex and involve situations that change lives. I live in the west-country counties of Wiltshire and Dorset, and set my novels in this area. The early novels in the Sophie Allen series are based on the Isle of Purbeck, that most beautiful of coastal areas. But the rest of the county of Dorset does get a look in.
I'm a retired teacher who has tinkered with writing for much of my life. My previous efforts have usually been directed towards short stories but I have always felt that crime novels would be one of my final choices, particularly if a developing storyline allows me to introduce one or two social issues, albeit with a light touch.
I write because I constantly create scenes, people, imaginary conversations and unusual situations in my head. I have always done so, ever since I was a child. Using the richness of the English language to set down these creations in words is a great joy.
T. J. BREARTON
Brearton’s fiction first appeared in Third Rail, an underground magazine in New York City. His short stories have been published with The Rusty Nail Magazine, Orange Quarterly, Enhance Magazine, Nonsense Society, and Atticus Review, with non-fiction appearing in The Lake Champlain Weekly and Adirondack Almanack. A previous novel, “Rehabilitation,” was published independently in 2009. He attended the New York Film Academy and has worked in film, broadcast television, and freelance journalism. He lives in the Adirondacks with his wife and two children.
Emma grew up and lived in London, before falling in love and moving to Wales to be with her own hero. Emma now lives with her husband, children, and many animals in a small Welsh market town. The beautiful landscape around her home gave her the inspiration for her debut novel 'The Green Hills of Home.'
Emma likes (in no particular order): cake, books, Cary Grant films, prosecco, chocolate, guinea pigs, knitting, quilting, and happily-ever-afters!
UK #1 Best Seller with THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS
"I was born in Kent but spent most of my working life in London and Surrey. I was an apprentice florist to Constance Spry Ltd, a prestigious Mayfair shop that throughout the sixties and seventies teemed with both royalty and ‘real’ celebrities. What an eye-opener for a working-class kid from the Garden of England! I swore then, probably whilst I was scrubbing the floor or making the tea, that I would have a shop of my own one day. It took until the early eighties, but I did it. Sadly the recession wiped us out, and I embarked on a series of weird and wonderful jobs; the last one being a bookshop manager. Surrounded by books all day, getting to order whatever you liked, and being paid for it! Oh bliss!
And now I live in a village in the Lincolnshire Fens with my partner, Jacqueline, and our two second generation Springer spaniels. I had been writing mysteries for years but never had the time to take it seriously. Now I can, and as my partner is a highly decorated retired police officer; my choice of genre was suddenly clear. I have set my crime thrillers here in the misty fens because I sincerely love the remoteness and airy beauty of the marshlands. This area is steeped in superstitions and lends itself so well to murder!"
"I was born and brought up in London. My parents were Irish. I studied for a B.A. in English at The University of Ulster and subsequently a qualification in Social Work. I taught English in secondary schools, then worked in social care for many years.
I started writing for children in my thirties and had five books published with Poolbeg Press. My first adult fiction novel won a bursary from East Midlands Arts. My first published novel, Araby, was with Harper Collins, followed by Marble Heart. Robert Hale published the next three novels; Fire and Ice, Out of the Blue and The Apple of Her Eye.
I have had two short stories, The Old Master and The Gold Digger, commissioned by and read on Radio Four.
I have always been an avid reader of psychological thrillers and crime fiction and decided, in retirement, to turn to crime. I am currently working on my second novel featuring private detective Tyrone Swift."
PRAISE FOR HER PREVIOUS BOOKS:
'Mulrooney has a real gift for dialogue, the words and phrases ring true and make her characters wonderfully real… A tenderly funny and genuinely moving piece. I loved it.’ Fiona Morrow, Time Out
‘A beautifully observed study of reconciliation, Araby makes astute points about conflict and shifting values between generations.’ James Eve, The Times
‘I loved it. It’s such a sweet story, without being in the least sentimental. There are moments when the reader is absolutely there, so acute is this novelist’s ear and eye.’
'All of this is wickedly, sharply amusing. But when they really join the party with an act of meaningless terror, Mulrooney shows how constructive and contagious that situation was. And as Nina slowly takes the sweet-natured Joan as her final victim, Marble Heart proves itself to be an excellent lesson in the difference between cleverness and wisdom.' The Times
'Mulrooney slows the pace leading to the shocking denouement by deftly layering each chapter with different character's voices. She shows herself to be an acute observer of all the intricacies that comprise female friendship. By making her readers wait, she not only heightens the gripping tension of her story but positions us with Joan and Nina, who are also waiting - Joan patiently [so she] may be married; Nina fearfully, for her secret crime to be brought into the open.' Time Out
Jill Steeples lives with her husband, two children and a high maintenance English Pointer called Amber in a lovely house, surrounded by Monkey Puzzle trees, in the English countryside. When she’s not writing, she loves spending time with family and friends, and enjoys reading (of course) films, musical theatre, walking, baking and eating cakes, and drinking wine.
She is the author of four romantic comedy novels and her short stories have appeared in anthologies and women’s magazines around the world.
Taylor Adams directed the acclaimed short film And I Feel Fine in 2008 and graduated from Eastern Washington University with the Excellence in Screenwriting Award and the prestigious Edmund G. Yarwood Award. His work has been selected by the Seattle True Independent Film Festival and his movie reviews have appeared on KAYU-TV's Fox Life blog. He has worked in the film/television industry for several years and lives in Washington state with his girlfriend Jaclyn and their chihuahua, cat, and python. EYESHOT is Adams' debut novel. Film and audio rights have been sold.
John Yorvik grew up fast surviving the 80s and 90s by never staying anywhere or in any job for longer than a year.
After having the time of his life in turn of the century Camden Town, Yorvik moved to Barcelona and worked as a magazine editor, translator and journalist, interviewing musicians, writers and politicians - later featured in his Lishman Diary blogs.
In 2011, he returned to his native North East England and wrote his first novel Pretty Girls Make Graves, the first book in the Camden Noir Trilogy.
Betsy Reavley is the author of the novel Beneath the Watery Moon and the poetry collection The Worm in the Bottle.
As a child she moved frequently with her family, spending time in London, Provence, Tuscany, Gloucestershire and Cambridgeshire. She showed a flair for literature and writing from a young age and had a particular interest in poetry, of which she was a prolific consumer and producer. In her early twenties she moved to Oxford, where she would eventually meet her husband. During her time in Oxford her interests turned from poetry to novels and she began to develop her own unique style of psychological thriller.
Beneath the Watery Moon is Betsy Reavley's beautifully written first release and tells the macabre story of a young woman battling against mental illness.
Betsy says: "I believe people are at their most fascinating when they are faced by the dark side of life. This is what I like to write about."
Betsy Reavley currently lives in North London, with her husband, 2 children, dog, cat and chickens. You can follow her on Twitter @BetsyReavley
Janis McBride lives in Middlesbrough. She began writing in the late 1980s, stage plays and film scripts at first. She won the Kate Collingwood Award in 1995 for her play Annie’s First Love and the film Little California was shortlisted for a Royal Television Society Award (North East Centre) in the same year. Other plays include The Tupperware ™ Party, (performed by various companies at various venues, including The Customs House, South Shields) Two Daft Lasses in a Boat and A Cat in The Road, (performed by various companies at various venues, including Augustine’s Studio at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival). Historical monologues Part of the Plan, Over the Horizon and Infant Hercules were performed in libraries and museums in the Teesside area in 2005 by Cleveland Theatre Company. Janis has worked with schools as well as youth and community groups, and plays written for these groups include Under the Stars, Weather Permitting, Durham Heroes, Snow White and the Eleven Dwarves, Newtown Dream and Cinderella. Films include Kids on Trial, The Last Page and A Game of Chance. She later began to write short stories, several of which have been published including Tiny Fingers, Tiny Toes, As Good as New and Pirates and Teddy Bears. In 2010 she won the Light Years Literature Award Ruhr Oberhausen, for Tiny Fingers, Tiny Toes.
Seduction and Mashed Potato is her first novel.
Born in Montana, Eliza moved to Alexandria, Virginia after completing her advanced degree in Economics. There she met her husband and took up the nomadic life in the U.S. Foreign Service. For nearly a quarter of a century, she has lived and travelled throughout many parts of Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and Asia. Her career path has been as varied as her geographical wanderings, ranging from social scientist to business manager to editor of the U.S. Embassy newsletter.
Eliza began writing by co-authoring middle grade mysteries with her niece six years ago and has now embarked on adult fiction. Eliza is currently lives in Guatemala City with her husband of twenty-nine years, is enjoying life as an empty-nester. She has two adult children who share their father’s passion for globetrotting. As of this writing, they are residing in the Republic of Georgia and Thailand, but that could change tomorrow.
"I was the Proudman Professor of Oceanography in the department of Earth & Ocean Sciences at the University of Liverpool until my retirement in 2001. I am the author of over 125 papers in the mainstream scientific literature and have written a number of textbooks. I have also served as a lay member of the Mental Health Tribunal for over 25 years. Since retirement, my writing has focused on crime thrillers."
TARQUIN DE LA FORCE
An Englishman despite his French surname, Tarquin de la Force comes from an old and distinguished family whose recorded history goes as far back as the Visigoths, and is more recently famous for its Port. He was educated at Downside, and upon leaving tried his success at several professions, including the wine trade and public relations. Still undecided on his future, he set off for Australia at the end of the 1960s and settled down in Sydney to a career in advertising.
Working first as a copywriter and later as an advertising agency creative director, he then stepped into an account director’s role, working for several globally acclaimed companies at a leading international agency. In 1983, he returned to England to work for De Beers Consolidated Mines Consumer Marketing Division, and in 1986 became Director of Global Trade Education and Training Programme Development and Implementation, as well as International Coordinator of their network of Trade Liaison services in world markets.
In 1999, he retired to pursue a career in Marketing Consultancy, but in 2003 was appointed International Marketing Director at Diarough NV, one of the world’s largest diamond marketers, head-quartered in Belgium. He left Diarough in 2008 to resume his role as marketing consultant, however, in 2010 accepted a senior marketing position with Opal Horizon Ltd., Australia’s largest opal mining group.
Tarquin has been writing poetry, lyrics, and prose since he was a boy, with ‘Constance’ being his first published novel. A short book of verse entitled ‘All in a Day’s Work’ was privately published in the 1980s, sold through a small number of bookshops, such as Hatchards in London. He has also penned several articles that have appeared in jewellery trade magazines worldwide. Tarquin currently resides in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales with his wife. They have a son and daughter.
Derek Thompson grew up in London and started writing fiction in his teens. After spending a year in the US, he returned to London and subsequently moved to the West Country.
He wrote a commissioned piece for The Guardian in 2008 and entered the world of freelance writing in 2009. His short fiction has featured in both British and American anthologies, and can be found online. He has also written comedy material for live performance and radio.
His love of film noir and thrillers began with The Big Sleep, and has never left him. Much of his fiction involves death, loss or secrets. As the saying goes: write about what you know.
He writes about Thomas Bladen and his role in the Surveillance Support Unit.
Len Maynard & Mick Sims (Maynard Sims) are the authors of several novels with more coming soon. They have written stories, novellas, essays, award winning screenplays, and have worked as editors. No Evil is the first in the Jack Callum series.
CHRISTOPHER M. COLAVITO
Christopher M. Colavito is an author hailing from, and currently living in, Central New York. After graduating from SUNY Oswego with a bachelor's degree in philosophy, he focused his energies into writing. Using his background and training in philosophy, specifically the philosophical examination of mind, he has attempted to blend an undercurrent of philosophical and psychological exploration into the narrative of his work. This began with his first novel, "Unemotion", and continues in Dark City.
Janice was born and grew up in West Lothian, Scotland. After completing an English degree at St Andrew's University, she moved to London where she lived for ten years doing an assortment of jobs. Her passions are reading, writing and walking in Scotland and the Lake District. She lives in Lincolnshire with her husband and two sons.
Author of the St. Barts Series
Emme Cross is a veteran journalist who has worked at the biggest media outlets in Canada and has met everyone from politicians to rock stars. As a broadcaster, she’s written and read the news on the biggest radio stations in the country. She’s also an accomplished researcher for a number of online outlets. Emme is an avid reader, gardener, world traveler and foodie. She lives in Oakville, Ontario with her husband and their two English Bull Terriers.
The St. Barts Romance series by Emme Cross. Set on the island of St. Barts, eight square miles of gourmet restaurants, designer shops, yachts . . . and secrets.
You’ll love this sexy summer beach-reading romance series, with many more books to come, dive in and get the first novel now. Perfect for fans of Jackie Collins, Jilly Cooper, and even E. L. James
I’m originally from Lancashire but my work as a foreign correspondent took me all over the world, and I’m currently based in Paris. After years of observing people from all walks of life as a journalist, I’m motivated by character-driven plots in my fiction. My first novel, Food Fight, was published in 2015. Now I’ve turned to crime fiction with Murder on the Marsh, the first in a series featuring DI Sam Clayton.
Peter Tickler has written three crime novels all set in and around the city of Oxford. He has been praised for the authenticity of his Oxford (‘He has a wonderful gift of creating geographically factual settings for his fictional characters’ - Oxford Times) as well as the pace of his stories (‘deliciously thrilling and wildly unpredictable’ – Oxford Today). He writes a regular column for Mystery People and gives talks at festivals, libraries, U3As and even one of Her Majesty’s Prisons. He has recently had two screen-plays turned into short films.
DEAD IN THE WATER
A dead man is found floating in Oxford’s River Thames . . .
Private detective Doug Mullen discovers a body floating in the Thames. He doesn't tell the police that he knows who it is, and when he is hired to investigate the dead man, matters get very complicated. Mullen is used to tracking down cheating husbands, not ruthless killers. The drowned man also turns out to have a complicated romantic history.
As Mullen gets closer to tracking down the killer, he finds himself in grave danger. Unless he can crack the case, the police may pin the crime on him, or the real murderer may put him out of circulation.
In a thrilling conclusion, Mullen fights for his life and dark secrets are exposed.
If you like Angela Marsons, Colin Dexter, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will be gripped by this compelling crime fiction writer.
Having spent most of my life in and around NYC, I know well the gritty city streets I write about and have firsthand knowledge of the localized crime world through family. I will say no more. I studied criminology in college and was mentored by a leading advocate for the family members of homicide victims. I’ve published several stories with mystery and crime elements that received praise from bestselling international writers, and have previously worked as a business writer. I now live in the countryside and enjoy connecting with readers on Twitter @efallonauthor and through my website at erfallon.wordpress.com.
Charlie Gallagher has been a serving UK police officer for ten years. During that time he has had many roles, starting as a front-line response officer, then a member of a specialist tactical team and is currently a detective investigating serious offences.
I grew up in the north-east of England and after leaving university, I set off travelling with my future wife, Ann. We finally settled in South Africa where we still live. I own a boat shop by the Vaal Dam and life couldn't be more peaceful. A few years ago, my wife dropped a rather large speaker on my head and the idea for a series of detective novels came to me. Whether she dropped it on purpose is still a mystery. When I'm not writing, I spend my time sailing yachts on the Vaal Dam, playing electric guitar and trying to keep up with my soon-to-be teenage daughter.
Daisy White is a mum, author and award-winning entrepreneur. She started writing short stories whilst working as cabin crew, and after the birth of her second child opened multi-award-winning pop-up independent bookshop, Daisy White’s Booktique. In 2016 she was named one of the Maserati 100 Entrepreneurs, and in 2017 she continued to fight for independent business on the high street by launching My Perfect Pop-Up Shop.
Daisy has two YA series published in the US, as well as a story for younger children in NZ. She has also written numerous short stories for anthologies and magazines. ‘Before I Left’ is the first book in an adult crime series for Joffe Books – The Ruby Baker Mysteries. ‘Before I Left’ was long-listed for the UK International Novel Writing Competition 2016.
Daisy lives near Brighton, UK with her family, various animals and a stick insect called Mrs Sticky.