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Upalparna Dey

I am  A Writer by passion, a die hard communicator, a traveller & photographer, a gypsy by heart, an avid listener and talker too, a dreamer, a taboo breaker, a stubborn motivator....

I offer motivational & inspirational counselling, a helping hand to humans, support for various social issues that plague our society, writing services which includes blogging, content management, editing, proof reading, promotional writing for digital and non-digital platforms, video scripting, ad-copies, stories, design ideation/ creative designing and more. 

 

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Neetu Malik

Neetu’s poetry is an expression of life’s rhythms and the beat of the human spirit. She draws upon diverse multicultural experiences and observations across three continents in which she has lived. She has contributed to The Australia Times Poetry Magazine, October Hill Magazine, Prachya Review, among others. Her poems have appeared in The Poetic Bond Anthology V and VI published by Willowdown Books, UK,  NY Literary Magazine’s Tears Anthology  and Poetic Imagination Anthology (Canada).

Neetu lives in Pennsylvania, USA.

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Donna Galanti

Donna Galanti is the author of the bestselling paranormal suspense Element Trilogy and the children’s fantasy adventure Joshua and The Lightning Road series. She is represented by Bill Contardi of Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc. Donna is a contributing editor for International Thriller Writers the Big Thrill magazine and regularly presents as a guest author at schools. She’s lived from England as a child, to Hawaii as a U.S. Navy photographer. Donna has long been a leader in the Mid-Atlantic writing scene as a workshop presenter. She’s taught on writing craft and marketing at writing conferences, retreats, regional writing organizations, and colleges and is also a writing contest judge at nycmidnight.com. Donna also loves teaching writers about building author brand and platform through her free training series at yourawesomeauthorlife.com. Visit her at donnagalanti.com

Linda MacDonald

Linda MacDonald is the author of four independently published novels: Meeting Lydia and the stand-alone sequels, A Meeting of a Different Kind, The Alone Alternative and The Man in the Needlecord Jacket. They are all contemporary adult fiction, multi-themed, but with a focus on relationship issues.

After studying psychology at Goldsmiths' London, Linda trained as a secondary science and biology teacher. She taught these subjects for several years before moving to a sixth-form college to teach psychology. In 2012, she gave up teaching to focus fully on writing.

Linda was born and brought up in Cockermouth, on the edge of the Lake District in Cumbria and now lives in Beckenham in south east London.

JoAnne Myers

JoAnne is originally from Ohio, but now calls Texas home. JoAnne is currently writing her 8th and 9th books. Besides having several novels under her belt, JoAnne canvas paints and writes song lyrics. JoAnne believes in family values and following your dreams. JoAnne welcomes author guests on her blog and can be found here:

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Stephen Jay

Stephen Jay retired from a successful career in the computer profession and started writing short stories and novellas. Three connected stories were published in The Wrong Time. The Illusion of Guilt features a computer professional as does the first story in The Wrong Time.

Stephen lives near Swindon where he likes to go for long walks to clarify his new plots and sometimes is so engrossed that he literally bumps into other walkers! He is now working on more short stories (without computer people), and a bold science fiction novel to be published in 2018.

Thea Phillips

              Thea was born and bred in Merthyr Tydfil, and attended Cyfarthfa Castle Grammar School.

She married young, and lived on the local Gurnos Estate, and had  three children by the age of twenty. Aware that she had not explored her educational opportunities, she became a mature student, obtaining a Psychology degree from The University of Glamorgan, followed by a Masters' and PGCE at Cardiff University. 

Thea became a practicing Psychologist and lecturer, a career which spans   over thirty years. During this time, she had research and educational papers published, plus some fictional articles and inclusion in two poetry anthologies, 

Unfortunately, in 2007, Thea developed a degenerative eye disease, which  deteriorated rapidly, until she was no longer able to work. 

Finding herself at home, for the first time in many years, she decided to write the book she had always wanted to write: A biography of her Grandfather, Tommy Horton, who moved to Merthyr in 1900 to pursue his fortune. He had led a very colourful, interesting life, culminating in opening the first factory to produce 'condoms' in the UK which opened in 1913. 

Thea got in touch with the RNIB, who were extremely helpful in providing the training and equipment to allow her to write despite her failing sight, 

This new writing career led to "The French Letter King" her first, acclaimed novel. This became the  first volume of a trilogy about her family. 

Since this time Thea has had 24 novels published and is now working on her 25th.

Jane Risdon

Jane Risdon began writing over seven years ago having had a successful career in the International Music Industry which has taken her all over the world working with everything from Rock, Thrash Metal, and R&B/Pop to Chinese Opera. Her work has taken her to North America, Europe, and Singapore: even to Taiwan.

She's been involved in Music Production, Television, Radio, and the Movies around the world.

In 2014 Jane signed a publishing contract with Accent Press Ltd.

Jane's recent co-written novel with award-winning author Christina Jones is entitled 'Only One Woman' published by Accent Press Ltd. Christina and Jane have a shared history of the 1960s and the music scene back then and have written a fictional story about two girls and a lead guitarist whose band is touring and recording in England when they meet. It is garnering rave 5* reviews from men and women.

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Christina Jones
  • Christina Jones, the only child of a schoolteacher and a circus clown, has been

writing all her life. As well as writing romantic comedy novels, she

also contributes short stories and articles to many national magazines and

newspapers.

She has won several awards for her writing: Going the Distance was a WH Smith Fresh Talent Winner; Nothing to Lose, was shortlisted and runner-up for the Thumping Good Read Award with film and television rights sold; Heaven Sent was shortlisted in The Melissa Nathan Comedy Romance Awards and won a Category Award; Love Potions won the Pure Passion Award; The Way to a Woman’s Heart was short-listed for the Rom-Com of the Year; and An Enormously English Monsoon Wedding won The Reviewer’s Choice Award.

Christina has written 21 romantic comedy novels:

Dancing in the Moonlight; Going the Distance; Running the Risk; Stealing

the Show; Jumping to Conclusions; Tickled Pink; Nothing to Lose;

Walking on Air; Lavender Lane; Honeysuckle House; Forever Autumn;

Summer of Love; Hubble Bubble; Seeing Stars; Love Potions; Happy

Birthday; Heaven Sent; Moonshine; The Way A Woman's Heart; Never

Can Say Goodbye and An Enormously English Monsoon Wedding.

She has also written and/or contributed to 11 e-book-only novellas/short

stories/compilations: Those Lazy, Hazy Crazy Days; Mitzi’s Midwinter Wedding; Bucolic Frolics; Happy Ever After; Snippets; Shiver; Holiday Fling; Wishing on a Star; Chicklit Lovers Vol One; Chicklit Lovers Vol Three; and the Milton St John Box-Set.

Her latest novel – the love and peace and rock’n’roll 1960s story: Only One Woman – co-authored with Jane Risdon, will be published in November 2017 and is currently available to pre-order on Amazon.

Her next novel – Marigold’s Magical Mystery Tour – will be published in September 2018.

All Christina Jones’ novels are currently available, either in paperback or e-book format, and after years of travelling, she now lives in rural Oxfordshire with her husband and several rescued cats.

 

Brian Morgan

Short bio - Brian Morgan

 

Brian Morgan spent 20 years as an accountant and manager for national and international companies in Australia, chalking up some pretty impressive achievements. He opted for this because he could not work out how to pursue his writing dream and feed his family at the same time.

He finally broke out of the business world by starting his own magazines - some regional and some national.  To start, he did all the writing, advertising sales, prepress work, dealing with printers and delivery of the magazines - all with the support and willing work of his wife, Judy.

They also started a printing and publishing business and a seminar and exhibition production company, all within a five-year period. Not surprisingly, he then had a heart attack.

Recouperating, Brian became angry with himself and landed on the doorstep of his local newspaper, where he asked for work - any work as long as it was writing. They gave him a job and his promotion was rapid on a range of newspaper and magazine mastheads.

He collected a stack of national and state awards for journalism, editing and publishing in a 20-year career in that industry. He gained an enviable reputation and genuine peer recognition with titles including editor, editor-in-chief and managing editor.

Twenty years later, he decided (with his wife's encouragement and support) that the time was tight to really chase the dream and work for himself as an author.

Never one to be half-hearted, he threw himself into it and is enjoying a third career right now. Along the way, he collected a prestigeous national literary award, became a sell-out best-seller in the US, the UK and Japan, had his work translated for Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese readers and mentored writers around the world.

He has eight books in print and more as eBooks, and published books for others.

Brian Morgan has a particular quirk. He tries to leave everything better than he found it. He thinks we should earn our place in our family, our community, our workplace and on this planet. So, he now runs an organisation called Professional Independent Publishing Standards (pipsverified.com) set up to make self-publishing and indie publishing better

Kelli J. Gavin

Kelli J Gavin lives in Carver, Minnesota with Josh, her husband of 22 years and two crazy kids. She is a Writer, a Professional Organizer and owns two companies. She enjoys writing, reading, swimming, and spending time with family and friends. She abhors walks on the beach (sand in places no one wishes sand to be), candle lit dinners, (can’t see) and the idea of cooking two nights in a row (no thank you).Check out Kelli J Gavin on Facebook and on Twitter and Instagram: @KelliJGavin and her blog: http://kellijgavin.blogspot.com/

 

Nicky Wells

Nicky Wells writes captivating romance and breathtaking thrillers featuring famous (or infamous!) feisty heroes and extraordinary villains. DEAD HOPE is her eighth book and the first published novel in her “Wake Up Dead” themed thriller series, with the next two books scheduled for release through the course 2018 and 2019. Nicky has previously published seven works of romantic fiction both with US publishing house, Sapphire Star Publishing, and independently.

 

Born in Germany, Nicky moved to the United Kingdom in 1993 and currently lives in Lincoln with her husband and their two boys. She loves listening to rock music, dancing, and eating lobsters. When she’s not writing, she’s hopelessly addicted to reading crime novels by the truck load.

 

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Malcolm Hollingdrake

You could say that the writing was clearly written on the wall for anyone born in a library that they might aspire to be an author but to get to that point Malcolm Hollingdrake has travelled a circuitous route.

Malcolm worked in education for many years, even teaching for a period in Cairo before he started writing, a challenge he had longed to tackle for more years than he cares to remember. 

Malcolm has written a number of successful short stories and has eight books now available. Presently he is concentrating on a series of crime novels set in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. 

Born in Bradford and spending three years in Ripon, Malcolm has never lost his love for his home county, a passion that is reflected in the settings for all three novels.

Malcolm has enjoyed many hobbies including collecting works by Northern artists; the art auctions offer a degree of excitement when both buying and certainly when selling. It’s a hobby he has bestowed on DCI Cyril Bennett, the main character in his latest novel.

 

Malcolm latest novel, ‘Crossed Out’ was published in January.

Tim Clark

My name is Tim Clark, I am a blogger, a warehouse associate, a happily married man (for 28 years) and a father, from Columbus, Ohio.

I am an occasional and proud contributor to Street Speech, a local homeless advocacy newspaper, and am thrilled to be allowed to write a monthly column for The Wild Word.  There are a few others, that can be viewed on my Contently page, here.

Lannah Sawers-Diggins

Lannah is a wife and mum, grandmother, writer, freelance journalist, photographer, advocate and more. While she has lived in Perth, capital of Western Australia, for most of her life, her childhood was spent in the outback on the family sheep station in South Australia. Lannah is passionate about her family, the outback and writing.  

‘Red Dust Dreams’ has taken around four to five years to complete. However, this has never been a problem as Lannah does not consider it to be ‘work’. Rather a labour of love. She also written chapters for two other books along with many articles. 

In short, Lannah absolutely loves life. And this 62 year young spring chicken feels like she’s ageing backwards! 

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Pam Munter

Pam Munter has authored several books including When Teens Were Keen: Freddie Stewart and The Teen Agers of Monogram (Nicholas Lawrence Press, 2005) and Almost Famous: In and Out of Show Biz (Westgate Press, 1986). She’s a retired clinical psychologist, former performer and film historian. Her many lengthy retrospectives on the lives of often-forgotten Hollywood performers and others have appeared in Classic Images and Films of the Golden Age. More recently, her essays and short stories have been published in The Rumpus, Matador Review, The Manifest-Station, Litro, The Coachella Review, Lady Literary Review, The Creative Truth, Adelaide, Canyon Voices, Open Thought Vortex, Fourth and Sycamore, Nixes Mate, Scarlet Leaf Review, Cold Creek Review, Communicators League, Switchback, The Legendary, Scarlet Leaf, Down in the Dirt and others. Her play Life Without was a semi-finalist in the Ebell of Los Angeles Playwriting Competition and has been nominated for the Bill Groves Award for Outstanding Original Writing, along with a nomination for Best Play (staged reading). She has an MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. One of her essays is included in the Adelaide Literary Award Anthology of 2018.

 

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