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I was born in Swanscombe, a place best known for stopping William the Conqueror and asking some polite questions.
‘How do you get time to write?’ was what my friends posed when finding out my naughty secret. At first I assured them my principle aim is to write for myself, so I make time, but even I have to question how it happens when expanding on my life. Besides my adoring wife and family I have been a school governor twice, borough councillor and all while still running an engineering business. Living in a listed building also requires untold hours of restoration work, but I still make time for tennis and church duties.
My writing comes from the development of Probability Fiction, which calculates improbabilities of the past, concepts of the present and the certainty of any future. In essence it is about exploring, with mathematics and psychology, where the truth may be hidden or yet to come. How this combines with the process of writing entertaining fiction is difficult to explain in a short paragraph, but the industry in general pays little attention to the science that underlies belief in characters and events, leaving it purely to a writer’s natural skill.
I published my first book Paradox Lost, which was the Lovewriting.co.uk book of the month on its release and included my early prediction work on the collapse of the USSR. Dudgeon’s Bridge takes a look at some of our convenient 17th-century history and rewrites it.
Adrian L. Youseman is available for interviews and talks.
Although I was born in Cardiff, South Wales in 1957, I consider myself Scottish as my family hailed from Scotland’s Central Region. The son of a professional footballer, I returned home in 1962 with my parents to settle in the small Stirlingshire town of Denny.
I did okay at school and especially loved English, winning top prize in a fifth year essay writing competition. I guess that success must have ignited a passion for the written word as I began to voraciously consume stories and novels of almost every genre from To Kill a Mockingbird to White Fang – from Catcher in the Rye to High Citadel.
The urge to read has never left me, but, unfortunately, a particularly hectic and busy lifestyle would take its toll, often curbing my enthusiasm to pick up a pen or tap away on a computer.
After leaving school, I worked in a variety of jobs including banking, stock control, sales and management before deciding I could be better off working for myself. In 1997, an insurance colleague and I started up an industrial cleaning business, re-investing some of our profits into a children’s nursery in 2006. Both businesses are doing well despite the recession.
My main leisure interests are football, golf and playing bass/singing in a local semi-professional band. What with the businesses, the band, two wives (present one, Sue!), four children (two grown up plus 7 year old Dani and 3 year old Stephen) and not forgetting Daisy the Border Collie, the opportunity to write can be incredibly limiting at times. However, a combination of the unfaltering support of my family and friends and the fact that my body can function pretty well with very little sleep, can sometimes provide me with opportunity to power up the laptop!
Over the years I have become more and more interested in crime thrillers, especially those written by some of the more talented American writers. James Patterson, Jeffery Deaver, Dean Koontz and Richard Montanari are among some of my favourite authors who have provided me with great inspiration in my search for that ‘perfect story.’
I completed my first novel, Only the Strong, in late 2008. The story is set in 1994 in the Balkans region during the conflicts there and details the dangerous mission and subsequent life and death struggle of a British government assassin. To date this remains unpublished although it was firstly accepted by a literary agent who, unfortunately, failed to convince a publisher to take a chance on an unknown author. Maybe I’ll look to revisit this story at some point in the future.
I had more luck with my second book, Frantic!, which was accepted by a publisher almost straight away, finally releasing in January 2011. Sales have been going really well and I have had a fair bit of exposure in the local press, The Falkirk Herald running a half page article a few weeks ago. I have also had spots on radio shows Black Diamond FM and Radio West Fife and am hoping to appear soon on DJ Mike Riddoch’s breakfast show on Radio Clyde.
Pneuma Springs very kindly accepted my third book, Bible John – Closure, which is due for release on June 16th. I have found the process very satisfying and fulfilling and hope to approach Pneuma with my next project, a biography which will highlight important events in my father’s footballing career. I know that this is a deviation from the crime fiction theme but I feel that this is a story worth telling. Memoirs of a Hard Man – The Danny Malloy Story should be ready for submission towards the latter part of the year.
As for the future, I would like to return to the genre I enjoy – crime fiction – and have many ideas for further adventures involving the same cast of characters as appeared in Frantic and BJ.
Angela was born in Hull and now lives in Beverley, East Yorkshire with her husband. They have 3 grown up children. She qualified as a psychiatric nurse in 1991 and as a social worker in 2007.
In 2011 Angela gave up 2 days of paid employment to provide wellbeing support to the community as a volunteer for Beverley Community Church, and helped set up and run their Restoration Centre. Her passion is to see people living their lives to the full and believes Scripture and prayer are the key to this. She is concerned that many people struggle on with difficulties which they could overcome with the right support. She looks forward to a day when people come to the church for the help they need.
Angela wrote Mindful, Peaceful, Joyful after running Christian mindfulness and meditation sessions and being asked for further information.
Dr. David Cruise Malloy is currently the Vice President of Research and a Professor of Applied Philosophy in Kinesiology & Health Studies at the University of Regina in Canada. He is the Principal Investigator of the International Healthcare Ethics Research Team, and the Honorary Director of the Research Institute for Multiculturalism and Applied Philosophy at Hunan University in China. He is a Fellow of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association. Dr. Malloy is the author of five texts in applied philosophy and over 170 refereed journals and other scholarly publications and international conference presentations. His father was a decorated RCAF Spitfire fighter pilot in WWII and retired from the military to become a first rate golf professional. David plays golf infrequently and rather badly, though he holds out hope for his daughters.
I was born in 1930, an only child and the son of a driver on the Great Western Railway. My mother was a ‘housewife’ whose mission in life was to look after her husband and son to the exclusion of any other career (as was the fashion in those days).
My early years were happy although I subsequently realised that my parents were not well off. My education was spent during the war at Cotham Secondary School, Bristol following which I served a five year apprenticeship with the Bristol Aeroplane Company and spent the rest of my working life with that company, finally retiring in 1988 as a computer systems analyst.
I was in my seventies when I wrote ‘A Reluctant Recruit’ and was so surprised at its reception and the comments made by reviewers, that I decided to tell the rest of my life story in two further books.
Dr. Donald Lyle Lang, Lieutenant-Commander (Ret’d) PhD, was with Canada’s military for thirty-one years as an applied psychologist. Following that he was course instructor University of Victoria, Canada (leadership, management, organizational psychology, and research methods). His principal research areas: organizational commitment, values, ethics and a critical analysis of good and evil, as put forth in, ‘Leadership: The Final Cause of Good and Evil’ (co-authored with Professor David Cruise Malloy) (Wisdom House Publications, Leeds, 2006). His father did Atlantic convoy duties WWII and introduced him to golf, the single greatest educational program for anyone, anytime.
Gavin Milnthorpe is a commercial lawyer by day, and a writer of fictional nonsense by night. Second Hand Scott is his second novel. He has had some (small) success in writing for the stage. He can also be found trying his hand at stand-up comedy in and around East Anglia which, as his audiences will attest, is no laughing matter. He is married (punching above his weight) and is the father to two small (wonderful) children.
I was born on the Mediterranean island of Malta wanting to become a medical doctor. My parents strived hard to give me the best education on the island. Life is all about priorities and my mother would buy a book for me rather than a new shirt for herself. And so my parents fed my imagination and nurtured my ambition. I slaved away at medical school and I graduated in Medicine and Surgery in 1993. My dream came true. But the profession is not without its stress. There is heartbreak when faced with incurable diseases, things that only God could cure. This was when I started to write. I went home after work and wrote volumes. All the stress seeps out as ideas flood my mind and materialise on paper. I feel complete when I’m in my own little world, creating.
Seventeen years ago I moved to the UK. And for anyone out there thinking of moving around…beware. Nowhere is home. When I’m here I constantly dream of that scorching Mediterranean sun, deep blue seas and soft sand caressing my toes. I long for the loud boisterous conversations and the warm gigantic hugs….Oh nothing beats a scorching Mediterranean summer. Try it and you’ll see. But when I’m there I start to miss the luscious green countryside, the tranquillity of the rolling hills of Britain, the polite good mornings, the orderly queues, and most of all I miss the fairness, opportunities and rewards for hard work. I grew to love my adopted country, but I love my roots too. It makes me wonder….where is home for me?
Julius Falconer completed six enjoyable years of university studies abroad (particularly slow, our Julius) before working as a translator back in the UK. Thinking that he could earn more as a teacher, to fund his lavish life-style, he took a PGCE at Leeds University and duly turned to teaching. He slaved away at the chalk-face for twenty-six long years in both Cornwall and Scotland before retiring to grow cabbages in Yorkshire, where he still lives. His wife of thirty-three years unfortunately died suddenly in 2000. He has one daughter, married. In 2009, looking to fill his new-found leisure profitably(?), he started to write detective novels and is still happily scribbling away seventeen books later. His interests include music, reading, walking, gardening and genealogy.
Julius Falconer is a member of the Crime Writers’ Association.
As well as some booklets and several dozen papers in professional journals, he is the author of eighteen murder mysteries featuring the diffident and cultured Inspector Wickfield. Because some of the stories are set in Worcestershire, he has featured in the Worcester News, on BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester and in the online Newsletter for the Worcestershire tourist board.
I was born in 1964 near the town of Mulheim West Germany whilst my father was serving in the British Army as a Sergeant Major. I was the second of two sons, the first of which went on to serve as air crew in the Royal Air Force.
Around 1967 my father was posted back to England where we settled once again near Durham. My life was good and secure with plenty of encouragement from my immediate family. By 1971 our army life was over and we were on the move again to live near family on the south coast where we still remain today.
My schooling was not dynamic in any way as I floated along in the mainstream achieving average results at best in most subjects. The most vivid memory that remains with me from my time at school was being paid a compliment in front of the whole class by our most hard line teacher at the time for a fictional story I had written about a mongoose and a cobra, quite something at the time for a child usually unnoticed in the class from day-to-day.
From school I went to work like most young people, to do any job I could get at the time but always hoped that one day I would be able to achieve a reasonable stature in life. Through relentless hard work and complete focus I eventually entered the motor industry and worked my way up to position of Dealer Principal in a company that I have spent the last twelve years in order to support my wife and son, and also my passion for WW2 History–a passion that I have had for as long as I can remember.
Seven years ago I joined a WW2 Living History Re-enactment Group based in the South East to live out my dreams of experiencing times gone by. I regularly attend public shows around the country as well as offers of film work. It has been at these events, where I have met elderly veterans from various countries, and from listening to their varied experiences combined with my own, that sowed the seed of my fledgling WW2 Eastern Front action novel “Alles Fur Deutschland”.
Maudlyn Chinda is an educationist by profession lecturing at the Newham College of Further Education in London. She holds a first degree in Education and a Master’s degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies. She holds the level 6 Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS).
She has a passion for children and growing new churches. She was ordained a deaconess in 1995 and is a minister in the children’s ministry. Maudlyn is also a qualified assessor. As an assessor, Maudlyn has been involved in the realization of the eradication of illiteracy in the United Kingdom by the year 2012. She has been involved in training and assessing people on their jobs to achieve the National Vocational Qualification in Customer Service, Health and Social Care, Child Care, Business Administration, Laundry Services. She is also the director of B&M Consultants Ltd.
The author is married to Barrister Ben Chinda and has four children.
Michael W. Wedgeworth Jr., MBA, RT (R) has been in leadership roles since 1993. He initially started his career in the United States Army where he completed his education in Radiologic Technology and served in the United States and Europe. After leaving the service in 1997, Michael has worked for major health institutions in Houston, Texas and Galveston, Texas. He completed his Associates of Radiology from the University of Louisville, Bachelor’s from University of Maryland, MBA from the University of Phoenix and Performance Improvement Program at University of Texas.
Neal James has been writing since 2008 when his first novel. ‘A Ticket to Tewkesbury’, was released. Since that time eight more books have followed, and ‘Short Stories Volume Two’ is his tenth work to be published in as many years.
He has appeared in both the national and local press, and has also been a regular at branches of Waterstones and local reading groups and libraries in his home counties of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.
An accountant for over 40 years, that training has given him an insight into much of the background required in the production of his writing so far. He lives in Derbyshire with his wife and family.
Find out more about Neal James and all his writing on his website: www.nealjames.webs.com
This is the author’s only work to date except for some as yet unpublished short stories. Resident in Australia since leaving the sea over forty years ago the author has worked in lumber camps, huge dam construction sites, pubs and clubs and sold anything from radios to office blocks.
Nicola Burgher is an experienced, registered Public Health Nutritionist who has been working professionally in the field of nutrition and health for over 10 years. She qualified with a Master’s degree in Nutrition at King’s College London, following a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science at Kingston University. She is also a full member of the Nutrition Society and registered with the Association for Nutritionists – The professional body for the registration and regulation of nutritionists.
Since graduating, Nicola has worked with a number of leading food manufacturers including Yakult, Kellogg’s, Seven Seas, and currently as Nutrition Manager for Muller Dairy providing nutrition expertise and playing an active role in the Government’s public health agenda by contributing regularly to Government consultations on diet and health.
More recently, her passion for nutrition and health was brought to the forefront within the Christian arena where she serves as a credible voice in her field, educating churches on Bible-based nutrition principles. Indeed, she is nutrition spokesperson on Premier Christian Radio Station, has appeared regularly on Revelation TV and is keynote speaker at a variety of UK-wide conferences and seminars.
Nicola put pen to paper after the passing of her father who was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and with her debut publication “The Creator’s Diet – Biblical Insights for Healthy Eating” widely available for purchase she is now an author in her own right. The book describes a comprehensive list of foods which constitute a healthy diet whilst also providing a biblical perspective on food and healthy living in easy-reading format. More recently, Nicola launched her ministry online at www.nicolaburgher.com to further support the work she does within the churches and community.
As well as working in a professional capacity, she is called as an ambassador of her faith giving public appearances and seminars on the role of nutrition in health and wellbeing whenever possible. Her passion is to see the tide of ill health reversed through educating and empowering individuals to make positive food choices that will impact their overall health, that of their families and generations to come.
Church leader, Bible School Principle, author, poet, musician, father of four, grandfather of 7, accountant, project manager, novelist (unpublished), fitness fanatic – these are some of the attributes of Richard Bradbury.
After a 25 year career in industry, his time is now taken up with leading a church in the Ground level Network, and with some national responsibilities with Churches Together in England. Married and living in Beverley, East Yorkshire, he is committed to seeing people come into the good of all that God has for them through his teaching and writing. His other books include ‘It’s the end of the World as we know it!’ a handbook to the End Times, and ‘Losing my Religion’, a re-examination of the Kingdom of God, both published through Pneuma Springs.
Ronald Ooms is a 34 year-old Belgian author. He worked for almost a decade as a youth worker for numerous socio-cultural non-profit organizations. Since his childhood he has been interested in everything related to World War II thanks to the stories told by his grandparents. For more than a decade he travelled to historic places relating to the War whenever possible. Some years ago he became a qualified journalist and started to write for a local newspaper. His close friendship with Clancy Lyall over the years resulted into the writing of the book, Silver Eagle. He’s also got a passion for motor-sports and hopes to write something about F1 Racing one day. Ronald is available for interviews, even abroad. Should the distance be too far or he can’t make the trip, he would gladly do a telephone conference. He resides in the city of Geel in the north of Belgium.
Reading, writing and the English language has always been a passion for Salema and so she trained to teach English as a foreign language and went to work in Beirut for a few years. She started off teaching adults at a language centre and then ended up at a school on the grounds of an orphanage.
She now lives in England where she spends her time looking after her children and cats (not necessarily in that order!) She wrote an article on the plight of the orphans that was published centre-spread in a Christian newspaper.
Previous to her travelling experience she worked for a human rights organisation and was privileged to be able to go to Iraq and Cuba as part of her job.
Having had a long history of reading vintage crime stories that almost bordered on the obsessive, Salema was motivated to put pen to paper and write her own book by her sister Jess. Jess, who also loves vintage whodunits, told her it was about time she wrote her own one. The challenge was made and so Salema made her way to West Dean College in Singleton, West Sussex, to do a course in crime writing that was taught by established crime authors Lesley Thomson and Elly Griffiths.
As well as writing, Salema also upcycles old furniture and makes it beautiful again. She loves junk shops and cannot pass one without diving in, much to her children’s despair.
Her dream is to own a book shop with café, and spend her days dreamily writing at the shop’s counter.
Inspiring authors include the queen of crime herself Agatha Christie and J Jefferson Farjeon because they write good old fashioned crime stories that are gripping from start to finish. She also loves the writings of Naguib Mahfouz, an Egyptian writer, who won the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature.
Yomi Akinpelu was born in Leeds in the 1960s. She holds a Masters degree in Medical Immunology from the College of Medicine, University of London and has worked for a postgraduate college of medicine in London for over a decade.
Yomi is a wordsmith, passionate about the way words are used, books, healing and health. Following her passion and a career change she now works as a publishing editor for a Kent based publishing house
She is the author of three books; A Matter of Life & Death – The Power of your words, The Wholesome Truth About Healing, Read and Soar, all available as paperbacks and ebooks.
She has appeared several times on television talking about the subject of healing and health and reading. Yomi lives with her husband and three children in Kent and is available for interviews and to write feature articles as well as guest blogs.