SEASON ONE OF AUTHOR SPOTLIGHTS
Helen Matthews writes page-turning psychological suspense and is fascinated by the darker side of human nature and how a life can change in an instant. Her debut novel 'After Leaving the Village' won first prize in the opening pages category at Winchester Writers' Festival and was published in October 2017. Her second novel 'Lies Behind the Ruin' - contemporary suspense and domestic noir, set in France, was published in April 2019. Her latest novel 'Facade' was published by Darkstroke Books. A fourth book is in progress. Her short stories have been shortlisted by Flash 500, 1000K Story and published in Artificium; in the Reflex Press anthology 'The Real Jazz Baby'; in EllipsisZine and in Love Sunday magazine. She has published an eBook collection of stories and travel writing 'Brief Encounters' and this is available on Amazon. Helen regularly gives talks and appears at events and literary festivals. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Oxford Brookes University and is an ambassador for the charity Unseen that fights to eradicate human trafficking and modern slavery.
David Robinson retired from the rat race after the other rats objected to his participation, and he now lives with his long-suffering wife in sight of the Pennine Moors outside Manchester.
Best known as the creator of the light-hearted Sanford 3rd Age Club Mysteries, and the cynically humorous Midthorpe Murder Mysteries, he also produces darker, more psychological crime thrillers
He produces his own videos, and can frequently be seen and heard grumbling against the world on Facebook
Joseph grew up in a small town off the coast of southern Maine where he started writing short stories inspired by New England folklore. He holds a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Princeton University and currently resides in the Bay Area.
Michelle Cook writes thrillers and dystopian fiction. She lives in the UK with her husband, their two young children, and a cat called Lyra Belacqua. Her first joyful steps into creative writing were at the age of ten, when the teacher read out her short story in class. A slapstick tale of two talking kangaroos breaking out of a zoo, the work was sadly lost to history. Still, Michelle never forgot the buzz of others enjoying her words. More recently, she has had several flash pieces published, was long-listed for the Cambridge 2020 prize for flash fiction, and placed first in the February 2020 Writers' Forum competition with her short story The Truth About Cherry House.
Tipping Point is her debut novel.
Born in Cornwall, a distant relative of the historian, A L Rowse. David lived in the Georgian City of Bath from the age of two. His love of books began in school and has never waned over the years. He has a particular keen interest in historical fiction. David spent 40 years working as an air traffic controller in Northern Ireland, Scotland and England. He retired in 2003 and has since dedicated his life to writing.
Zach Lamb is a fictionist who creates thriller, horror and dark fiction stories. He is the author of The Suicide Killer and Dark Water Sacrifice. Zach has an MFA in creative writing from Southern New Hampshire University. He lives with his wife and kids in the non-fictional town of Ellerslie, Georgia, named after the fictional character Captain Ellerslie from the Waverley Novels.