Lisa Alabaksh is a former head teacher, community support worker and specialist foster carer who has lived in Haringey, North London for pretty much all of her 47 years. She considers herself a feminist freedom fighter and is passionate about empowering young women and helping them to understand their worth. She helps boys to understand too.
After a diagnosis of MS in 2004, Lisa left teaching and began a new life path that has included stand-up comedy, life coaching and the creation of a new social movement – hahalala. Hahalala means health and happiness and love and laughter all.
Melvin Barnes has spent the whole of his career in public libraries. He began as a school leaver in Kent, then occupied posts of increasing seniority in Hertfordshire, Manchester, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Ipswich, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster, before retiring in 2002 after eighteen years as Director of Libraries and Art Galleries for the City of London.
His fascination with crime fiction began as a schoolboy with radio thrillers and paperback copies of Agatha Christie, and has continued ever since.
In 2015 his book Francis Durbridge: a Centenary Appreciation was self-published with a limited print run, but such was the international interest that he was encouraged to pursue further research and to solve the many puzzles surrounding Durbridge’s career. The result is the revised and vastly expanded Francis Durbridge: The Complete Guide.
Adrian Burrows (b.1981) works as an actor, Workshop Practitioner and Author in Lancaster. He is passionate about ensuring that history remains relevant to people of all ages and so spends the vast majority of his time dressed as a Viking, Roman Gladiator and/or a Pirate at primary schools across England.
His combination of broad shoulders and tiny waist means he has often been described as a triangle and he has a deep hatred of grammar and spelling – apologies in advance to his editor…
Jeff Dowson began his career working in the theatre as an actor and a director specialising in productions of modern British and European playwrights.
From there he moved into television as an independent writer/producer/director. His screen credits include arts series, entertainment features, drama documentaries, drama series and TV films.
Jeff’s Jack Shepherd thriller series starts with Closing The Distance.
Born in northeast England he now lives in Bristol. He is a member of BAFTA and the Crime Writers Association.
Glen Ebisch taught philosophy at the university level for over thirty years, and for the same period of time has been writing mysteries, first for young people, then for adults. He has been fortunate enough to have over twenty published. He lives with his wife in western Massachusetts, frequently going on holiday to the coast of Maine and to Cape May, New Jersey.
Glen is a long-time member of the Mystery Writers of America, the Romance Writers of America, and an associate member of Sisters in Crime. He occasionally speaks at gatherings of writers’ organizations and in bookstores on writing crime fiction, combining mystery with romance, and on the history of the crime novel. Now that Glen is largely retired from teaching, he devotes much of his time to writing, reading, exercise, and travel.
Photo: Fenris Oswin
Linda Falco was born in Forest Gate in the East End of London. She grew up in one of London’s leafy suburbs, the second of four children, raised by wonderful parents following the best traditions of an Italian family – in a house full of love and happiness, respect and spaghetti.
She now lives in Hertfordshire with two gorgeous daughters and a scruffy dog.
She lives in Sussex with her husband and bull mastiff and has discovered that the secret of keeping them both happy is regular meals, praise and affection. They split their time between the UK and Germany where their favourite haunts are the Harz mountains and Bavaria.
Dolores Gordon-Smith is the author of the Jack Haldean murder mystery series set in 1920’s England, the Dr. Anthony Brooke WW1 spy stories, and the introduction to the classic crime novel, The Ponson Case, for HarperCollins. She hosts the How I Got Published column in the Warner Bros. Writing Magazine where she invites debut authors to share their journey to publication.
For the last three years, Dolores has been a popular speaker at Bodies from the Library, a day devoted to the Golden Age of crime fiction in the British Library.
Paul Harrison is a retired police officer, with a successful career that spanned three decades. During that time, he worked on some memorable high profile investigations, and interviewed countless criminals who operated within the darker side of humanity. Paul began writing and had his first book published during his time in the police. Since then, he has gone on to write 34 books, mainly in the field of true crime. Now he has turned all that experience into writing crime fiction. His first novel Revenge of the Malakim will be published in the Spring 2017.
Andrea Jutson is a writer from Auckland, New Zealand. She has written two crime novels featuring reticent medium James Paxton, the first of which is Senseless, and is at work on a third. In her career, Andrea has been a bookseller, journalist, collections librarian, book buyer and journalist again, and once spent almost a year selling tickets at a heritage site in London. She now works at a public relations agency, and lives in South Auckland.
Janet Laurence had her first three books published in the same year 1989. One of them was a guide to good food in Somerset, another a cookery book, THE LITTLE BOOK OF FRENCH COOKERY, which she has seen all over the world, and the third was the first in her culinary crime series featuring Darina Lisle, cordon bleu cook. Since then she has written fifteen more crime novels about not only Darina but also the Italian vedute artist Antonio Canaletto and a stand alone mystery To Kill The Past.
Joan M Moules is the author of over twenty-five fiction and non-fiction books in a variety of genres. She also writes short stories and articles, runs occasional day workshops and is passionate about her writing. She is a member of The Society of Women Writers’ and Journalists, Society of Authors, The Crime Writers Association and The Deadly Dames.
Susan Moody began writing crime novels with Penny Black, the first of the seven Penny Wanawake crime novels. This was followed by Penny Dreadful, Penny Post, Penny Royal, Penny Wise, Penny Pinching and Penny Saving. Takeout Double, the first of the Cassandra Swann series, was published in 1993, and followed by Grand Slam, King of hearts, Doubled in Spades, Sacrifice Bid and Dummy Hand. Susan has also written a number of short stories.
At the age of 40 Marilyn Pemberton decided she wanted to exercise the right side of her brain and so commenced a part-time BA in English literature. This progressed to an MA and then to a PhD on the utopian & dystopian aspects of Victorian fairy tales. After giving a paper at a conference she was approached by a publisher who suggested she gather together some lesser known fairy tales and as a result Enchanted Ideologies: A Collection of Rediscovered Nineteenth-Century English Moral Fairy Tales was published by The True Bill Press in 2010.
During her research Marilyn “discovered” Mary De Morgan, a Victorian writer of fairy tales, amongst many other things. She became somewhat obsessed with De Morgan and as she wanted to share her research she wrote Out of the Shadows: The Life and Works of Mary De Morgan, which was published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2012. Despite her intensive research there were still many gaps in her knowledge and because she just could not let De Morgan, or the act of writing, go she decided to write a fictional novel based on De Morgan’s life – the result being The Jewel Garden.
Phil Rowlands spent twenty years as a working actor, mainly in film and television, after which he moved into the production side as a freelance writer and film producer. He has written feature films, TV and radio dramas, documentaries and animation series and worked as a script doctor . Currently he is in development as writer/producer on a movie set in Wales and Canada due to begin production in early 2018.
Nicola Slade has been a Brown Owl and an antiques dealer, and once lived in Cairo for a year. Her published novels include a romantic comedy, Scuba Dancing, three Victorian mysteries featuring young Victorian widow, Charlotte Richmond, and three contemporary mysteries about recently-retired headmistress, Harriet Quigley, and her clergyman cousin, Canon Sam Hathaway. Her eighth novel, The House at Ladywell, a contemporary romance with historical echoes, came out in November 2017.
Nicola’s family is now grown up and she lives with her husband near Winchester in Hampshire.
Indriði G. Thorsteinsson (April 18, 1926 – September 3, 2000) first received attention on winning a short story contest in 1951 with Blástör, a humorous and erotic fertility story and a volume of short stories, Sæluvika. In 1955 he published his first novel, Taxi 79. He was a prolific writer and journalist, producing several acclaimed novels, as well as poetry, short stories, biographies and much other work.Indriði G. Thorsteinsson’s son is the renowned Icelandic crimewriter Arnaldur Indriðason.
More authors to be announced soon!