MY AUTHORS


Hannah Sheppard represents the following authors:

ABI ELPHINSTONE (@moontrug)

Abi Elphinstone grew up in Scotland where she spent most of her childhood building dens, hiding in tree houses and running wild across highland glens.  After being coaxed out of her tree house, she studied English at Bristol University and then worked as a teacher in Africa, Berkshire and London. 

The Dreamsnatcher (Simon & Schuster, 26th Feb 2015) is her debut novel and when she's not writing about Moll and Gryff, she also runs her the children’s books blog  www.moontrug.com


KERIS STAINTON (@Keris)

Keris Stainton was born in Canada, and brought up on the Wirral. She now lives in the Ribble Valley with her husband and two young sons, who make her laugh every day. Sometimes intentionally.

As a freelance journalist, Keris has written for publications as diverse as Practical ParentingScarlet and The Daily Express, and edited the women’s book site, Trashionista, for two years.

In 2005 she gave up her job as an administrator in Corporate Recovery and Personal Insolvency (which is exactly as exciting as it sounds) to write full time.

Della Says: OMG!Jessie Hearts NYC and Emma Hearts LA are all published by Orchard Books. Keris has a new teen series (Reel Friends) starting with Starring Kitty published July 2014 from Catnip, Spotlight on Sunny follows in March 15. Hot Key will publish Keris's new YA novel Counting Stars in summer 2015.

Writing as Esme Taylor, Keris has published two novellas under the Hot Key Unlocked imprint - All I Want For Christmas and Baby, One More Time


DAVID BRAZIER (@authorboatman)

David has lived half his life abroad, firstly as the fortunate offspring of a Royal Air Force marriage and subsequently as a young man, moving to the Middle East in his twenties and spending two decades there, in locations as diverse and fascinating as Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Oman.

Now David lives aboard a widebeam ‘fatboy’ boat moored in Derbyshire from where he runs his own recycling and waste management company, watches the antics of the resident swans, ducks and geese.

His debut novel Alone will be published by Andersen Press in May 2016.


PERDITA (@perditact) & HONOR CARGILL
(Photo credit: © David Locke 2015 / Headshot London)


Perdita has always wanted to be an author but she left the Scottish fishing village she’d grown up in to read Law at Oxford. After many years working as a competition lawyer in London and Brussels, followed by a Masters degree in Human Rights and then the Bar she spent a few years as a tax laywer despite being innumerate. She’s now back on track and has just finished writing her first novel, Waiting for Callback with her daughter, Honor.

Honor is sixteen and currently studying for her AS levels. At eleven Honor was signed to a child actor’s agency and Honor and Perdita’s experience of the auditions and callbacks served as inspiration for their first novel. 

Honor and Perdita write collaboratively but very rarely together – once the plot has been thrashed out they go their separate ways and have had to get used to some pretty tough criticism from each other.

Their novel Waiting for Callback will be published by Simon & Schuster in January 2016.


ADAM HAMDY (@adamhamdy)

Adam Hamdy was born in London in 1974 and read Law at Oxford, and Philosophy at London. He spent a number of years working as a management consultant before embarking on his career as a writer and filmmaker.

Adam's first feature film, Pulp, described as ‘Withnail and I meets Spaced’, was picked up by Microsoft and became the first movie to premiere on Xbox. Adam is currently working on his second feature.

Adam’s critically acclaimed debut novel, Battalion, was hailed as a ‘blistering techno thriller’. His critically acclaimed debut graphic novel, The Hunter, has become one of the most widely read independent titles in recent years. His second graphic novel series, Starmaker: Leviathan, was described by IndieComicReview as ‘lightning in a bottle’.


NATALIE FLYNN (@natwritesstuff)

South London born and bred, Natalie Flynn spent the majority of her childhood stuck inside her own head. When she was 15, she was asked to adapt Macbeth into the modern day for a piece of English coursework. When she handed it in, her teacher told her it was really, really great… and thus was born her desire to write. 

As well as writing for them, Natalie runs workshops for teenagers, which she thinks is the best job in the world. In her spare time, she’ll likely be found baking, running around the great outdoors, or curled up in a blanket reading and drinking tea. She lives in South London with her son, Ethan, and their two furry friends, Maud and Frank.


PIPPA DACOSTA (@pippadacosta)

Born in Kent, in 1979, Pippa's family moved to the South West of England where she grew up among the dramatic moorland and sweeping coastlands of Devon & Cornwall. 

With a family history brimming with intrigue, complete with Gypsy angst on one side and Jewish survivors on another, she has the ability to draw from a patchwork of ancestry and use it as the inspiration for her writing. Happily married and the mother of two little girls, she resides on the Devon & Cornwall border. 

Her urban fantasy and science fiction works include The Veil Series, City of Fae, and Girl From Above (The 1000 Revolution series). More information can be found at www.pippadacosta.com 


TIM WALKER

Following a career in design, Tim turned to writing children’s novels and is the author of the Fizzle trilogy - a series of action-adventure stories comprising Shipley ManorThe Flying Fizzler and Rise of the Rattler (Faber). The books - described as ‘full of thrilling cliff-hangers’ (Financial Times), and ‘sharp and funny’ (Irish Times) - finally allowed Tim to unbottle his thoughts on everything from corporate greed to religious extremism, and he feels much happier for it.

Most recently, Tim completed the manuscript of his fourth novel, The Last Bo-Peep, which follows the fate of two children in Bhopal, India, during the weeks prior to the fatal gas leak at the Union Carbide Pesticide Plant in 1984. As a young designer Tim was working on a pesticide sales leaflet for Union Carbide when news of the disaster came over his radio - a minor link with the event which inspired him to write about it thirty years later.

Tim runs a communications consultancy, Walker Izard, is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Kent, and works as a visiting author in schools. He is married with three grown-up children, and works from his garden shed in rural Kent.


DAN TYTE (@dantyte)

Dan Tyte was born and raised in Cardiff, Wales. He studied English Language & Literature at the University of Liverpool before becoming a PR man, pushing everything from professional sports to pop music.

He's a former newspaper columnist, has written for men's magazines, literary magazines and was a music journalist but got out before the beer went flat. He's contributed to Amazon #1 best-selling PR books. His short story Onwards led the collection Rarebit, published by Parthian (Jan 2014).

His debut novel Half Plus Seven - a 'coming-of-age novel snorting with energy' according to the Daily Mail - was published by Parthian (April 2014). He's performed at Hay Festival and sweaty rooms around the country and was chosen as the Western Mail's Writer to Watch for 2014.

He’s currently working on his second novel, Alone, Together, a tale of lost love and WiFi signal.


DARREN CHARLTON

Darren graduated in English literature and theatre and worked as an actor for several years before entering the voluntary sector.

Darren finds freedom hiking the national parks of America. This, combined with his work supporting homeless adults whose own theme of the Wanderer and urban displacement in the modern world, are major influences on his writing. 

His debut novel Calendar Hawk is set on a council estate and is the story of a young traveller girl who attempts to follow her absent father’s footsteps back to the wild.

Darren lives in London with his partner and is planning a trip to the Yukon next winter.


HAYLEY MORGAN (@writeonmorgan)

Hayley Morgan was raised as a lonely only child in the Black Country, Tolkien's inspiration for Mordor. She was first published at the age of 12, in a book about children and the internet (she reviewed the Tom Cruise Fan Club homepage). She has also been featured in Huffington PostTelegraphAV Club and London Paper, writing about selfie culture and how books might ruin your life. Hayley has a background in film PR and social media, employed by Momentum Worldwide and Think Jam on behalf of clients including Lionsgate, Paramount, Pathé and 20th Century Fox. 

Since 2010, she has been working with producer Cat Cooper to build a slate of creative projects, including her first novel Heathens, which is simultaneously being developed for screen. Hayley also edits an alternative interactive literary webzine, fictioncrowd.com

Her hobbies include daydreaming, grave hunting, learning the dance to Kate Bush's 
Wuthering Heights and attempting to domesticate foxes.


ELIZABETH WARNER (@WarnerElizabeth)

Elizabeth started writing at eighteen in order to extricate herself from an unhappy marriage. She rescued an antique typewriter from a skip and wrote her first novel based on her experiences of being married into the music industry. An agent loved Elizabeth’s writing, but not the subject and wanted to know if they could see anything else she’d written.

She hadn’t written anything else. But she didn’t let that stop her. She wrote her next novel in three weeks, was signed and that novel, Honesty, was published by Hodder. She went on to publish a further two novels - Pretties and Sisters.

After a hiatus from publishing which has involved working in the fashion business, running an organic health food shop, writing for magazines and running a Villa rental business in Spain, Elizabeth discovered her stash of manuscripts in the loft and decided to give being an author another go.

She is currently working on an evocative and richly imagined modern gothic fairytale.


KATE MALLINDER (@kateMallinder)

Kate Mallinder grew up in the Midlands and studied Philosophy of Science with Maths at Leeds University. She then temped, filed, made tea, worked in a call centre and set up her own business but never really knew what she wanted to do when she grew up.  

When she was 37 she remembered what she wanted to do when she was 9, so she started writing and hasn’t stopped.
She lives with her husband and four children and is fiercely territorial about her writing desk.


LESLEY TAYLOR (@LaoisgirlLesley)


Lesley was born in Ireland, but moved to the UK to do a Media degree many, many years ago. She now lives in Wiltshire with her husband, two teenage daughters and cat.  She loves music, coffee, Danish TV dramas, 80s films and charity shops.


Lesley writes contemporary YA fiction because she finds the teenage years particularly fascinating and memorable. She’s an avid reader of all sorts of fiction, especially YA and children’s books.  In fact, she’s been running creative literature workshops for children and teens over the last five years as part of her Pageturners project. She’s now taking the brave (mad?) step of training to be a secondary school English teacher which, in her opinion, is one of the top three jobs in the whole world. The other two are being a published author or a guitarist in an indie rock band.  There is still time.

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