‘Your Final Engagement’ in You, Me & a Bit of We

Martin is a Yorkshire man currently living in Cologne, Germany. He grew up in Barwick-in Elmet, a small village in Leeds which is famous for its Maypole celebrations. During the past 15 years he has worked in a variety of creative and design roles and his desire to learn new skills has seen him complete a different night school course most years since leaving school. His desire for writing spans back to his teenage years. He is currently enjoying the opportunity to further develop his writing skills and translate his wild imagination into unique and entertaining stories.

‘Taking Off’ and ‘Pushy Bitch’ in Journey to Crone
‘Escape from the Country’ in Cities

Ann has always been an avid reader and took to writing about thirteen years ago. She combined both these interests when she completed a part-time MA in Literature Studies at St. John’s University in York. She has published poetry in Leaf, Blinking Eye, Biscuit and previous Chuffed Buff Books anthologies as well as in The Word (St.John’s magazine), Prole magazine and online in Pulsar. She wishes she had more time to write, having to fit it in between family and work, although both of these provide inspiration. She lives in North Yorkshire and Switzerland.

‘Your Famous Pink Raincoat’ in You, Me & a Bit of We

Susan is a short story and young adult fiction writer from Derbyshire, UK. Having recently completed an MA in Creative Writing at Newcastle University, she is currently splitting her time between working on her first full length piece and facilitating writing workshops for young people. She has previously had work published in various journals and anthologies, including ‘Jawbreakers’ the anthology for National Flash Fiction Day which was a cause very close to her heart. You can find her online at www.susanfgiles.com.

‘To Light a Candle’ in You, Me & a Bit of We

Heidi finds inspiration for her writing from psychological, social and political issues. Having arrived here from her native Finland as a young adult, she views life in the UK from a fresh perspective. Heidi’s roles as a mother, wife and a counsellor at a London university as well as her earlier experiences in drug counselling and mental health work, have further increased her understanding of human nature. In 2003 Heidi was shortlisted for the Asham Award for A Virtual Mother and in 2009 she was a runner-up in the Chapter One International Short Story Competition for The Weather in Britain. Having graduated from the MA Writing course at Middlesex University, Heidi, who lives in Berkshire, is now working on her second novel.

‘Bumps in the Road’ in Journey to Crone

Kathie’s  novel, The Home For Wayward Clocks, was published in 2011 and her short story collection, Enlarged Hearts, was published in 2012, both published by the Main Street Rag Publishing Company.   Her stories and poems have appeared in many national and international literary magazines, and in anthologies by Papier Mache Press, the Main Street Rag Publishing Company, EBibliotekos, Fearless Poetry and Susurrus Press.  She’s been nominated for the Paterson Fiction Prize, the Million Writer Award and for the Best of the Net anthology.  She is the director and founder of AllWriters’ Workplace & Workshop, an international creative writing studio.  You can find AllWriters’ at www.allwriters.org, and Kathie’s author website can be found if you type in the usual three w’s, followed by her name and then an org.

‘City Scene: Voyeur’ in Cities

CJ is a lifelong resident of Michigan who continues to be inspired by the peninsulas that surround him. Born and raised in the metropolitan Detroit area, he is an assistant professor of English at Saginaw Valley State University. He has been published in The Ambassador Poetry Project, Bear River Review, The Prose-Poem Project, Relief, and Thema, among other publications.

‘Xiamen’ in Cities

Howardhas taught in the Department of English at Appalachian State University since 1989. He works in the area of World Literature, with particular interest in Asian culture, literature and philosophy, as well as Latin American literature. He co-edited An Introduction to Chinese Culture through the Family (SUNY Press, 2001), and has edited a volume of Chinese folktales (NTC/Contemporary, 1997), as well as written articles on the Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges, and published poetry. His interests also include the intersection of the sciences and humanities. He has taught in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America.

LAURA GLENN‘Walking Montreal’ in Cities

Laura Glenn’s book of poems I Can’t Say I’m Lost, was published by FootHills (http://www.foothillspublishing.com/2008/id72.htm). Her poems have appeared in many magazines, including, The Antioch Review, Boulevard, Epoch, Green Mountains Review, Literal Latté, Massachusetts Review, Poet Lore, Poetry, Rattapallax,  and the anthology, A Fragile Index of the World. They are forthcoming in The Cortland Review and Theodate, among other places. The recipient of a CAP fellowship in poetry and a poetry grant from AE Ventures, she is working on a second book-length manuscript of poems. Also a visual artist, she lives in Ithaca, NY, and works as a freelance editor.

‘The Other Option’ and ‘The Bath’ in Journey to Crone

As a trained philosopher and vagabondette, Ellie has decided to make a career of writing down her rants, raves and traveller’s tales. She likes whales, rare accents and referring to herself in the third person. Ellie continues to be published online and in print–see www.elliegolder.moonfruit.com for more.

‘A House for the Wazungu’ in You, Me & a Bit of We

Anne Goodwin writes fiction, short and long, from flash to novels, and a blog that hovers somewhat closer to reality. She loves fiction for the freedom to contradict herself and is scared of bios for fear of getting it wrong. The portal to her writing world is through her website http://annegoodwin.weebly.com/ or sneak a snapshot at  http://en.gravatar.com/annecdotist.

‘The Marathon to Perfection’ in You, Me & a Bit of We

Margaret grew up on the east coast of Canada and now lives on the left coast in Victoria, British Columbia. She has attended fiction workshops at the Arvon Foundation, Booming Ground at the University of British Columbia and Centrum in Port Townsend, Washington. Her short stories have appeared in Canadian and American literary journals. She is currently writing a novel-in-stories about a former Miss America struggling to succeed at the one role she never thought she had to prepare for: motherhood. Excerpts from her work and more information on the author can be found at www.margaretgracie.weebly.com.

‘The End of the Line’ in You, Me & a Bit of We

Cathryn’s fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazines. Her short story, “I Was Young Once”, received an honourable mention in the 2007 Zoetrope All-story Short Fiction contest. Her flash fiction has appeared at EveryDayFiction.com and been anthologized in The Best of Every Day Fiction Three. The Demise of the Soccer Moms, her debut novel, received a five-star review from Red Adept Reviews. Her second novel, Buried by Debt, was released as an ebook in November 2011. She is also the author of the Madison Keith Psychological Suspense Novellas — murder, ghosts, and soul mates.  When she’s not writing, Cathryn works in marketing for a Silicon Valley company. You’ll often find her curled up with a glass of wine, a bowl of popcorn, a novel, her husband, and two cats, or trying to play golf without hitting her ball in the sand.  Visit Cathryn online at www.SuburbanNoir.com.

‘I Touch and I Pray’ in Sunday Snaps: the Stories

Wendy is a writer, artist and teacher – living by the sea in Brighton.  Her short and longer fiction has been published in magazines, anthologies and online. Credits include Mslexia, Metazen and Friction Magazine. She has exhibited her films, photographs, texts and installations in the UK and Europe, and performs her stories regularly at readings and events, most recently in the Brighton Fringe.  In 2011 she was the recipient of a New Writing South ‘New Buds Award’.  She is currently putting the finishing touches to her first novel.  As a creative coach, teacher and workshop facilitator she works with Evolution Arts and The Friends Centre in Brighton, and is part of the Education team at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on- Sea.  Online you can find her on Twitter as @storyscavenger and blogging on creative writing process and much more at Story Scavenger.  She’s currently being mentored by – the National Association for Literature Development and the Found Materials Network, as she develops Story Scavenger Hunts, her own unique style of creative writing workshop.  She also founded My Creative Nature to facilitate mindfulness and nature based creative activities for people in East Sussex.

‘What Forty-Something Means’ and ‘One of my Wishes’ in Journey to Crone

M. M. Lynne Guay lives in the sunny, Okanagan wine country of Southern British Columbia, Canada. From an early age Lynne has used her love of writing to explore and give voice to how she sees life, people, the natural world and her place in it. Her foray into poetry began during a tumultuous divorce and proved to be a healing tool on the road to forgiveness, celebration of life despite the challenges and in overcoming the fears of being a single woman raising three sons alone. Lynne is currently working on editing a collection of poetry exploring the beauty and wonder of nature as well as a collection of short stories and a historical novel. Lynne’s creative writing explores themes surrounding gender equality, racism and family dynamics. Through shedding light on the unsavoury aspects of life she hopes to reveal beauty and inspire others to lead rather than follow.