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The Authors

C.S. Woolley

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C.S. Woolley (Caroline Sarah Woolley) was born in Macclesfield, Cheshire and raised in the nearby town of Wilmslow. From an early age she discovered she had a flair and passion for writing. This was fuelled by winning local poetry and short story competitions during her years at Mottram St. Andrews Primary School.

 

During high school, she continued to write and found her time split between acting, writing and her studies. At 14 she began writing novels. University did nothing to change her love of writing. C.S. spent a year reading Law at Manchester Metropolitan University before changing her mind and moving to read English at Hull University. After graduating she moved to Nottingham where she now lives and stays for the cricket at Trent Bridge.

 

In 2010, C.S published her first novel, Nicolette Mace – The Raven Siren: The Kevin Metis Saga. Since 2010 she has published books in several series – The Chronicles of Celadmore, The Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow, The Children of Ribe, The Children of Snotingas, Shakespeare Simplified, Classic adaptations for Foxton books and Nicolette Mace: The Raven Siren.

 

More recently C.S has taken part in charity projects that include producing content for charity books such as Standing by the Watchtower: Volume 1. C.S has also acted in several plays and films including Weekend (2011).

 

Hobbies: horse riding, including show jumping and cross country, Formula 1, tennis, free climbing, singing, boxing, dancing, playing guitar, cricket and is also an avid PC and console gamer.

Favourite movies: The Muppet Christmas Carol, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Chisum.

Favourite books: Sharpe’s Prey, Silverthorn and the Three Musketeers.

Favourite bands: Thin Lizzy, the Darkness and McBusted.

 

You can follow C.S. Woolley on Facebook, Twitter and instagram.

Harry Mirfin was born near Rotherham in South Yorkshire and was brought up in the nearby village of North Anston, a small rural village and a conurbation of the nearby city of Sheffield.

 

Progressing through Anston Junior & Infant School to Dinnington Comprehensive School, he started his first job in retail, selling things he knew nothing about to those who were none the wiser.  Swiftly departing the retail environment,

Harry spent several years moving from one job to another until he found his metier as a Will writer for a large national bank and successively, a large national law firm.  Harry currently spends his time volunteering at the National Holocaust Centre  and, having always wanted to write, now divides his time between volunteering and writing.

 

His other interests include Music, Naval History and a love of anything related to cars, including the hope that, one day, Jenson Button will once again win the Formula 1 World Championship.

 

When not writing he likes nothing better than to drool over pictures of exotic cars on his laptop.  He is a member of Poplars Church in Worksop and lives nearby with his wife Maggie and son Stephen.

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Harry Mifrin

Marlena R. Smith was born in Atlanta, Georgia, but considers Texas to be her home state. She regularly finds herself travelling across the southern states, and the long road trips provide plenty of opportunity for her to occupy her mind with word and number games.

Marlena attended Flower Mound High School, where she became a member of the cross country running team, and set up an illicit writers’ club. Her prolific writing sometimes got her into trouble, but allowed her to develop her style combining fast paced action with intimate inter-personal relationships.

After graduating from high school, Marlena studied at Mississippi State University for two years until she was forced to give up for health reasons after being diagnosed with depression and schizophrenia. She feels strongly about mental health issues, openly campaigning for people to speak out and not suffer in silence.

Now living back in Texas, she spends her free time writing fiction, watching Japanese anime with her younger brother, and looking after her beloved pet dog, Ashley.

 

Hobbies: anything to do with Japanese culture, looking after and loving cats and dogs, and dreaming up new ideas for stories.

 

Favourite movies: The first three Harry Potter movies, Mulan.

 

Favourite books: The Inkheart series.

 

Favourite songs: Too many to list, but generally speaking, the weirder the better.

Marlena R. Smith

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Penelope Wallace has lived in St Andrews, Oxford, Aberdeen and Nottingham, and is old enough to remember black and white TV.  She is a pedantic bibliophile, a sometime lawyer, a not-completely-orthodox Christian (and churchwarden), a wishy-washy socialist, a quiet feminist and a compulsive maker of lists.  

 

She has practised law in England and Scotland, in the fields of employment, conveyancing, and marine insurance litigation (accident claims on oil rigs or fishing boats).  For some reason, she invented a world where the buildings and manners are medieval, but the sexes are equal.  

 

In 2012 Dorac Kingsbrother walked into this world, and made her tell his story.  Her favourite authors include the obligatory Jane Austen, but also Robin Hobb, Agatha Christie, Nancy Mitford, George RR Martin, JRR Tolkien, Marilynne Robinson, JK Rowling and the Anglo-Catholic Victorian Charlotte M Yonge.  She feeds occasional musings onto her blog. Penelope Wallace’s debut novel, We Do Not Kill Children, was released on 14th November 2016.

Penelope Wallace

Steven M. Caddy

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Steven M. Caddy was born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, but spent most of his childhood in Grantham, Lincolnshire. Steve has always been creative, showing early talent for music and drama, before discovering the art of computer programming.

 

teve attended the King’s School in Grantham, where he spent most of his lunch times in the school’s library, or playing the school’s pipe organ. Steve continued his passion for the arts while studying software engineering at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He contributed to the refurbishment of a set of local church bells, sang with the Elizabethan Madrigal Singers, and was a committed member of the team at Aberystwyth’s hospital radio station, where Steve was able to develop a taste for sports journalism.

 

fter graduating in 2001, Steve moved to Newark-on-Trent in Nottinghamshire, where he found work as a software engineer, and still found time to play the church organ. It was while playing the church organ that Steve started to develop ideas for stories, keeping a notebook at the console to record his thoughts.

 

In November 2011, Steve participated in National Novel Writing Month, and finally committed his random notes to the page in the form of a short novel. It was during that month he met his wife, Lorna, through their common interest in creative writing. They were married in 2014.

 

Hobbies: playing the church organ, bell ringing, hospital radio, and square dancing.

Favourite movies: Stand By Me, The Martian, Gravity.

Favourite books: Harry Potter, The Fault in Our Stars, The Hunger Games.

Favourite bands: The Beautiful South, Jake Bugg, Casting Crowns.

Tony Kearney

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Tony Kearney was born in St. Albans, Hertfordshire and he attended Our Lady’s Primary School, Welwyn Garden City and St. Michael’s Grammar School for Boys, Hitchin before the school moved to Stevenage….and he went with it. He also went to Mid-Herts College of Further Education for a year, and studied graphic design for three years at Stevenage College.

 

Apart from being a Stores Supervisor (office clerk), Sales Section Leader (office clerk) and General Manager (glorified office clerk) Tony has spent most of his life in graphic design and printing. For the last twenty years he has been the owner (office clerk and tea boy) of a small print management company.

 

His interests include music, art, illustration, photography, reading, watching football, socializing, song writing and recording, and of course, writing children’s books and humorous fiction.

 

His exciting debut novel, For Fear of the Forest and marks the beginning of many thrilling offerings to the world of children’s literature from a talented storyteller who weaves his craft as finely as he wields his artist’s crayons.