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Beatrice Fishback

Claire Baldry

Originally from New York, Beatrice Fishback lived in the East Anglian area of Great Britain for over twenty years and travelled extensively in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe. She is the author of Bethel Manor and Bethel Manor Reborn, Dying to Eat at the Pub, Loving Your Military Man by FamilyLife Publishing and, with her husband Jim, is the co-author of Defending the Military Marriage and Defending the Military Family. She has been published in various compilations, magazines and online websites.

She and her husband have spoken to audiences worldwide and currently reside in North Carolina where scones are called biscuits and are topped with gravy, and tea that is served over ice.



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Former Headteacher and English Advisor, Claire Baldry, is the creator of this website. She lives on the East Sussex coast with her husband, Chris. Claire has published five booklets of amusing poetry, an autobiographical novella, and her debut novel about love in later life entitled 'Different Genes'. Claire has a very regular schedule of engagements as a speaker and light-hearted performance poet. She regularly fundraises for charity.

Claire and her husband were jointly awarded the SE Diabetes UK Fundraising Inspire Award in 2017.



After a career in education, Maggie Christensen began writing contemporary women's fiction portraying mature women facing life-changing situations. Her travels inspire her writing, be it her frequent visits to family in Oregon, USA or her home on Queensland's beautiful Sunshine Coast. Maggie writes of mature heroines coming to terms with changes in their lives and the heroes worthy of them.

From her native Glasgow, Scotland, Maggie was lured by the call 'Come and teach in the sun' to Australia, where she worked as a primary school teacher, university lecturer and in educational management. Now living with her husband of thirty years on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, she loves walking on the deserted beach in the early mornings and having coffee by the river on weekends. Her days are spent surrounded by books, either reading or writing them - her idea of heaven! She continues her love of books as a volunteer with her local library where she selects and delivers books to the housebound. A member of Queensland Writer's Centre, RWA, ALLi, and a local critique group, Maggie enjoys meeting her readers at book signings and library talks.






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Barbara Quinn

Barbara Quinn is an award-winning short story writer and author of a variety of novels.

Her travels have taken her to forty-seven states and five continents where she’s encountered fascinating settings and inspiring people that populate her work.

Her many past jobs include lawyer, record shop owner, reporter, process server, lingerie sales clerk, waitress, and postal worker. She’s a native New Yorker with roots in the Bronx, Long Island, and Westchester. She currently resides with her husband in Bradley Beach, NJ and Holmes Beach, FL. She enjoys spending time with her son and his family and planning her next adventure. She wants to remind everyone that when you meet her, SHE’S NOT SHOUTING, SHE’S ITALIAN.





Linda Gillard lives in North Lanarkshire, Scotland. She has been an actress, journalist and teacher and is the author of eight novels, including STAR GAZING, short-listed in 2009 for Romantic Novel of the Year and The Robin Jenkins Literary Award (for books promoting Scottish landscape.)

Her first novel, EMOTIONAL GEOLOGY was shortlisted for the Waverton Good Read Award for first British novels.

After she was dropped by her publisher, Linda self-published her fourth novel, HOUSE OF SILENCE in 2011. It quickly became a Kindle bestseller, selling over 20,000 downloads in its first year. HOUSE OF SILENCE was selected by Amazon UK as one of their Top Ten Best of 2011 in the Indie Author category.

Linda has since self-published two back-list novels and five new novels, most of which feature heroines in their 40s.

Linda was a founder member of the Alliance of Independent Authors, a non-profit professional association for authors who self-publish. She has given talks and taught writing workshops at all levels all over the UK, including in Styal Women’s Prison.





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Christine Webber originally trained as an opera singer but had to re-think her career plans when her voice professor told her: ‘Your voice is OK, but your legs are very much better!’

Musical theatre beckoned. There was some success. But not much.

In 1979, she became a news presenter for Anglia TV. At last she had found something she enjoyed that other people thought she was good at.  It was such a relief that she stayed for 12 years. Towards the end of that period, In Honour Bound, her first novel, was published.

After leaving Anglia, she became an agony aunt for various publications including TV Times, Best, Dare and BBC Parenting. And she wrote relationship advice columns for The Scotsman and Woman magazine. She also broadcast advice on Trisha, The Good Sex Guide Late and from the BBC’s Breakfast sofa.

During her ‘problem page’ years, she decided to train as a psychotherapist – which led to her having a practice in Harley Street.  

Christine has written twelve non-fiction books including How to Mend a Broken Heart and her guide for female baby boomers, Too Young to Get Old. She has also ghosted and consulted on several celebrity books. But in 2016, she returned to writing fiction and published a novel about romance in mid-life called Who’d Have Thought It? Her new novel, It’s Who We Are, also explores what it is to be fifty-something (or older) in today’s turbulent world, and will be published in January 2018.



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Jane Cable’s romantic mystery novels always have a beautiful British setting and are always written with her mother in mind, but perhaps just a little more spicy. She was inspired to take up her pen following bitter complaints about the predictability of everyday romantic fiction available, particularly in large print.

Jane’s debut novel, The Cheesemaker’s House, reached the final of The Alan Titchmarsh Show’s People’s Novelist competition and was the inaugural Words for the Wounded Independent Novel of the Year in 2015. Following on from this the digital rights for Another You were acquired by Endeavour Press.

Now in the over fifty age bracket herself Jane has moved to Cornwall where she has more time to write, walk, read and generally enjoy life. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and of the Society of Authors and writes a weekly column about the business of books for Frost online magazine.



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Paula Harmon

Paula Harmon works full-time in the civil service. She was born in London but since the age of 18 months old has lived in small country towns across southern England and South Wales. She graduated from Chichester University with a degree in English Literature and has spent her adult life in the West Country, now living in Dorset.

In 2015, she decided to start writing seriously and has since published three books: two collections of short stories, KINDLING and THE ADVENT CALENDAR and one long work about an eccentric father, THE CLUTTERING DISCOMBOBULATOR. In 2016, she won all three categories in the Blandford Rotary Short Story Competition. She also has a website on which she posts short fiction and other writing.





The Scottish novelist, Joan Fallon, currently lives and works in the south of Spain. She writes both contemporary and historical fiction, but has also written a work of non-fiction which has proved the inspiration for at least two of her subsequent novels. Two aspects of Joan's life particularly influence her writing. The first is being a woman who grew up during the sixties and seventies—at a time when it was harder for a woman to gain recognition in a man’s world—consequently almost all her books have a strong female protagonist. The second influence is the fact that she has lived in Spain for the last twenty years. Spanish history and culture fascinate her and have provided some of the most exotic settings in her historical novels. She is a member of the Society of Authors & the Alliance of Independent Authors.





Joan Fallon

Jane was born in Yorkshire and brought up on the west coast of Scotland. She studied French and German at Stirling University, taught English in Vienna and travelled the world as cabin crew before making the life-changing (and slightly mad) decision to become an actress in her mid-thirties.

She has appeared in "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time", "Calendar Girls" and "Deathtrap" in London’s West End.

While hanging around as an understudy in draughty theatre dressing rooms, she completed her first novel, “The Start of Something Wonderful” and has now discovered her true path in life. Jane is currently writing her second book and a 6-part comedy drama for TV.



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Gaynor & Julia by the river

Ginger Black is the pen name for authors Julia Thum and Gaynor Pengelly, a writing partnership bound together by a love of words and a passion for story telling.

As well as writing for Ginger Black, Julia writes and reviews children's books (www.JuliaThum.co.uk) and Gaynor works as a journalist and PR and is currently working on her first YA novel.  

Riverside Lane is Julia & Gaynor's first book together.  



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