‘Flowers in the Window’ in Sunday Snaps: the Stories

Lisamarie is a 29 year old mother of one. She was five when she wrote her first short story – it involved a car going over a cliff, Jessica Fletcher and the Phantom Raspberry Blower. It didn’t have much of a plot (he did it, she solved it) but it did have rather colourful (crayon) illustrations and it did make her realise that writing was for her.  At 12 Lisamarie wrote her first novel during the school summer holidays. Loosely based on the Famous Five with a bit of James Bond thrown in, it was an adventure story and her English teacher made her read some of it out in class. And that’s when she realised that she wanted people to hear her stories and read her work.  Over the intervening years, Lisamarie has written various short stories, plays, poems and novels in different genres, including romance and children’s books. If you wish to see more examples of her writing, she has a blog in which she showcases flash fiction The Moonlit Door and soon poetry as well. She has recently self-published her first novel, Mother’s Helper.  Lisamarie promises she’s better at plots now, and she uses her own characters, but the excitement, fun and just a little wonder are still there.  Her crayon skills have not improved.

‘To an Iron Wench’ in Journey to Crone

Maude Larke has come back to her own writing after years of ‘real’ work in the American, English and French university systems, analysing others’ texts and films. She has also returned to the classical music world as an ardent amateur, after fifteen years of piano and voice in her youth.  She has several short stories and poems, three novels, and two screenplays to offer so far.  Her screenplay Allargando finished in the top ten in the 2009 IndieProducer Screenplay and Short Film Competition.  Publications include Breadcrumb Scabs, the 2010 and 2011 editions of the Syracuse Cultural Workers’ Women Artists Datebook, Naugatuck River Review, Oberon, Doorknobs and Bodypaint, The Story Teller, Cyclamens and Swords, descant, riverbabble, Indigo Rising, dotdotdash, Cliterature, In Posse, Binnacle, Sketchbook, Aurorean, Crucible, Short, Fast, and Deadly, and Barrier Islands Review.

‘Death’s Mistake’ in You, Me & a Bit of We

Meg is studying writing in the sunny town of Brisbane, Australia. She loves writing fantasy but will have a crack at any genre because she believes everything has an element of the fantastic in it. In her spare time she reads, writes, and harbours a genuine fear of being crushed by the precarious mountain of books in her house. You can find her blog at http://fangirlingthroughfiction.wordpress.com/.

‘We Fade Away Suddenly Like Grass—Psalm 90’ in Journey to Crone
‘West Oak Lane Neighbourhood, Philadelphia’ in Cities

Kyle’s poems, stories, and essays have appeared in magazines for thirty years, with four nominations for a Pushcart Prize. She previously appeared in Journey to Crone. Collections include My Visions Are As Real As Your Movies, Joan of Arc Says to Rudolph Valentino (dancing girl press), George Sand’s Haiti (co-winner of Poetry West’s 2013 award), Storm Inside the Walls (little books press), Going into Exile (Abbey Chapbooks), Tango (Kings Estate Press), and Apricot Wounds Straddling the Sky (Poetry Motel’s Suburban Wilderness Press).  She is editor of Casa de Cinco Hermanas Press. www.kylelaws.com

‘True Love’ in You, Me & a Bit of We

Diane is a playwright, author, and activist whose recent books include Nobody Wakes Up Pretty, a short crime novel described by Edgar Award winner Domenic Stansberry as “sifting the ashes of America’s endless class warfare”; The Blessing Next to the Wound: A Story of Art, Activism, and Transformation, co-authored with Colombian exile Hector Aristizábal and recommended by Amnesty International as a book to read during Banned Books Week; and the short-story collection, California Transit, awarded the Mary McCarthy Prize. Among her works for the stage, Nightwind (also in collaboration with Aristizábal) has been performed all over the world including for human rights organizations in Afghanistan and Colombia. Diane has led arts-and-games-based writing workshops to boost reading and writing skills and promote social justice in the US and, in Spanish, in South America. Her website is www.dianelefer.weebly.com.

‘Home Strange Home’ in You, Me & a Bit of We

Diandra, born 1982, is a witch, medical translator and writer of weird stories – all at the same time. She shares a flat with a very patient guy, two cats and about a dozen persistent plants. Her German and English stories have appeared in about a dozen anthologies, and she is currently writing and editing her first urban fantasy novel. In her free time she loves to cook and eat, due to which she has also developed a love for running and swimming. If she ever had time and energy left at the end of the day, she would probably be a very dangerous individual. Feel free to visit her online at http://diandrasgeschichtenquelle.org/english/.

‘Mother and Child Reclining’ in Journey to Crone
‘Red Staircase’ in Cities

Sally is a teacher who wrote prolifically as a teenager and young adult before suffering a prolonged period of writers’ block. She began writing again through taking creative writing courses with the Open University and the Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Writing at Newcastle University which led to her first publication success. She is currently a student on the MA Creative Writing: Imaginative Practice at the University of East London and has had poems published in a number of magazines. When not writing she delves into family history. She lives in Buckinghamshire where she is a slave to two Siamese cats.