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Sue Barnard

Sue Barnard is a British novelist, editor and award-winning poet whose family background is far stranger than any work of fiction. She would write a book about it if she thought anybody would believe her.

Sue was born in North Wales but has spent most of her life in and around Manchester, UK. She speaks French like a Belgian, German like a schoolgirl, and Italian and Portuguese like an Englishwoman abroad.

Her mind is so warped that she has appeared on BBC TV’s Only Connect quiz show, and she has also compiled questions for BBC Radio 4’s fiendishly difficult Round Britain Quiz. This once caused one of her sons to describe her as “professionally weird.” The label has stuck.

Sue lives in Cheshire with her extremely patient husband and a large collection of unfinished scribblings.

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Vanessa Couchman
Vanessa Couchman

Vanessa Couchman is a novelist, short story author and freelance writer and has lived in southwest France since 1997. She is fascinated by Corsican and French history and culture. Vanessa has published three novels: The House at Zaronza and The Corsican Widow, in the Tales of Corsica series; and Overture, Book 1 in a trilogy set in France and spanning the period 1897 to 1945.

She plans further Corsica novels as well as historical novels based in France. Her short stories have won and been placed in creative writing competitions and published in anthologies. Her own anthology of short stories inspired by and set in France, French Collection, is published by Ocelot Press.

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Cathie Dunn

Cathie has been writing romance stories for over 20 years. In 2008, she gained a certificate in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. Her focus was on novel writing, which she now teaches in the south of France. She loves researching for her novels, delving into history books, and visiting historic sites. Her stories have garnered praise from reviewers and readers for their authentic description of the past.

After having spent many years in Scotland, Cathie now lives in Carcassonne in the south of France where she shares her home with her husband, an adopted dog and three cats.

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John Jackson
John Jackson

John was born and brought up in south Manchester, before taking to a life at sea. He has since lived all over the world, from the Solomon Islands to the Falklands, Cyprus, Holland and the Isle of Man.

Now he and his long-suffering wife have dropped anchor in York. Retirement has meant he has turned his hand to writing historical fiction, with, in his own words, a strong romantic thread.

John has spent a long time researching his family tree and found a lively lot of ruffians, rogues and chancers, all of whom are conveniently dead, so they can’t sue, and who make great subjects to write about.

His first novel, Heart of Stone, was published in October 2017 by Crooked Cat Books. He is now working on another historical romance, with the next generation of ancestors.

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Twitter: @jjackson42

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Nancy Jardine

Nancy writes contemporary mysteries, historical fiction and time-travel historical adventure. Her current historical focus is Roman Scotland, an engrossing pre-history era because her research depends highly on keeping abreast of recent archaeological findings.

A member of the Romantic Novelists Association, the Scottish Association of Writers, the Federation of Writers Scotland and the Historical Novel Society, her work has achieved finalist status in UK competitions.

She lives in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, with her husband but life is never quiet or boring since her young grandchildren are her next-door neighbours.

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Yvonne Marjot

Yvonne Marjot was born in England, grew up in New Zealand, and now lives on an island in western Scotland. She has been making up stories and poems for as long as she can remember, and once won a case of port in a poetry competition (New Zealand Listener, May 1996). Her first volume of poetry, The Knitted Curiosity Cabinet, won the Brit Writers Award for poetry in 2012, and to date she has had four novels and a short-story collection published.

She has worked in schools, libraries and university labs, has been a pre-school crèche worker and a farm labourer, cleaned penthouse apartments and worked as amanuensis to an eminent botanist. She currently has a day job (running the local community library) and three grown-up children, and would continue to write even if no-one read her work, because it’s the only thing that keeps her sane. In her spare time she climbs hills, looks for rare moths and promises herself to do more in the garden.

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Blog: The Knitted Curiosity Cabinet

Nicola Slade

Nicola Slade writes historical and contemporary mysteries, all set in and around Winchester, near her home. She was brought up in Poole, in Dorset, and when her three children were young, the family spent a year in Cairo. She belongs to a local art workshop and has been variously, a PA, a Brown Owl and an antiques dealer and now her hobby is committing murder as ingeniously as possible.

Her Victorian series, The Charlotte Richmond Mysteries, is set in 1858 and features a young Australian widow who arrives in Hampshire to stay with the relatives of her late and unlamented husband. Nicola’s contemporary series, The Harriet Quigley Mysteries, is set in Winchester, and features recently-retired teacher, Harriet Quigley.

Nicola’s two non-mystery novels are the romantic comedy, Scuba Dancing, and The House at Ladywell, a multi-timeline romantic novel, both set in a fictional version of Romsey, in Hampshire.

The Convalescent Corpse is set in 1918 and will be published around the end of 2018. The first in a new series of cosy mysteries featuring three sisters trying to cope with wartime life only to find murder on their doorstep.

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Jennifer C. Wilson

Jennifer is a marine biologist by training, who developed an equal passion for history whilst stalking Mary, Queen of Scots of childhood holidays (she since moved on to Richard III). She completed her BSc and MSc at the University of Hull, and has worked as a marine environmental consultant since graduating.

Enrolling on an adult education workshop on her return to the north-east reignited Jennifer’s pastime of creative writing, and she has been filling notebooks ever since. In 2014, Jennifer won the Story Tyne short story competition, and also continues to work on developing her poetic voice, reading at a number of events, and with several pieces available online. Her Kindred Spirits novels are published by Crooked Cat Books and available via Amazon, along with her self-published timeslip novella, The Last Plantagenet?, which will join Ocelot Press on 2nd October 2018.

Jennifer plans to publish a novel, provisionally entitled The Raided Heart, under the Ocelot Press imprint in summer 2019.

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