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Anna Bailey – Profile

Anna Bailey

Anna Bailey was born in Bristol in 1995 and studied Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.

She moved to the US hoping to become a journalist, but ended up working as a Starbucks barista in the Rocky Mountains.

In 2018 she returned to the UK and enrolled on a writing course with Curtis Brown Creative, where she completed her first novel Tall Bones, a literary thriller about the disappearance of a teenage girl from an oppressive religious town in rural Colorado, inspired by Anna’s experiences in America.

She now lives in Bordeaux, France, and is working on her second novel.

You can watch an extended interview with Anna and SJ Watson on Bay Tales Live #5 here

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Follow Anna on:

Twitter at: @annafbailey

Instagram at: annabaileywrites

Visit her publisher author page here.

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Lauren North Profile

Lauren North

Lauren writes psychological suspense novels that delve into the darker side of relationships and families. She has a lifelong passion for writing, reading, and all things books. Lauren’s love of psychological suspense has grown since childhood and her dark imagination of always wondering what’s the worst thing that could happen in every situation.

Lauren studied psychology before moving to London where she lived and worked for many years. She now lives with her family in the Suffolk countryside. 

Lauren, alongside fellow author and Bay Tales Live guest Lesley Kara, co-hosts In Suspense, a pod/vodcast for fans and writers of crime fiction. 

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You can see the promo video for Lauren’s latest novel below:

Social Media

Website: https://www.lauren-north.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaurenNorthAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lauren_C_North

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lauren_c_north


In addition to her personal online presence you can find follow Lauren and Lesley’s InSuspense on:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/InSuspensePod

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/insuspensepod/

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Josephine Greenland Profile

Josephine Greenland

Josephine Greenland, born 1995, is a Swedish author currently working as a teacher in Edinburgh. She has a BA in English from the University of Exeter and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Birmingham. 

Embers is her first novel, and was written during her MA. Her short fiction and poetry has been published in 14 journals online and in print. She was a finalist in the 2020 Literary Taxidermy Competition by Regulus Press, won the 2019 Bumble Bee Flash Fiction Competition by Pulp Literature, won the 2018 Fantastic Female Fables Competition by Fantastic Books Publishing, and was a runner-up in the in the Summer Solstice Competition by Wild Words Press.

When not writing, she enjoys playing her violin or hiking in the mountains. 

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Embers Book Cover

Social Media

Website: www.josephinegreenland.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/greenland_jm

Instagram: www.instagram.com/jm.greenland/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/josephinegreenlandwriter/

You can read Josephine’s short story, Northern Current, here

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Heleen Kist – Profile

Heleen Kist

Heleen’s life of crime started when she was 8 in Mexico (a cigarette from her mother, if you must know). Several decades and continents later, she’s still not confessed and choses to incriminate other people in her novels.

A Dutch immigrant living with her husband and two kids in Glasgow, she was selected as a Crime in the Spotlight author at Bloody Scotland 2018 for her suspense debut ‘In Servitude’, which won the silver medal for best European fiction at the Independent Publishers Book Awards in the USA and was shortlisted for The Selfies at London Book Fair.

Her feminist corporate thriller ‘Stay Mad, Sweetheart’ was published by Red Dog Press. It was a finalist in the USA’s Next Generation Indie Books Awards 2020 and came third in the inaugural Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year award.

Read Heleen’s exclusive poem here.

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Social Media

You can visit Heleen’s website at: https://www.heleenkist.com

Twitter: @hkist

Facebook: @heleenkistauthor

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Rob Parker – Profile

Rob Parker

Rob Parker is a married father of three, who lives in Warrington, UK. The author of the Ben Bracken thrillers and Crook’s Hollow, he enjoys a rural life on an old pig farm (now minus pigs), writing horrible things between school runs. Rob writes full time, attends various author events across the UK, and boxes regularly for charity.

He spends a lot of time in schools across the North, encouraging literacy, story-telling and creative-writing, and somehow squeezes in time to co-host the For Your Reconsideration film podcast, appear regularly on The Blood Brothers Crime Podcast, and is a member of the Northern Crime Syndicate.

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Social Media

You can follow Rob on:

Twitter: @robparkerauthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robert.r.parker1

Visit his website at: https://robparkerauthor.com/

You can also find Rob appearing regularly on the following podcasts:

Northern Crime Syndicate: https://anchor.fm/adam-peacock

Boodbrothers: https://bloodbrotherspodcast.podbean.com/

For Your Reconsideration: https://shows.acast.com/for-your-reconsideration

Really, 007: https://shows.acast.com/really-007

To see Rob appearing in panel alongside Lesley Kara and Lauren North, you can find our Bay Tales Live #4 show here.

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Lesley Kara – Profile

Lesley Kara

Lesley Kara is the Sunday Times bestselling author of standalone psychological thrillers: The Rumour, Who Did You Tell and The Dare. 

The Rumour was the highest selling crime fiction debut of 2019 and a Kindle No.1 bestseller. It has sold in over 18 countries and been optioned for TV by Cuba Pictures.

Alongside fellow author, Lauren North, Lesley is the co-host of In Suspense, a pod/vodcast for fans and writers of crime fiction.
Born in Chelmsford, Essex, Lesley worked for many years as a lecturer and manager in a large college of further education in south east London.

Lesley is also an alumna of the Faber Academy Writing a Novel course. She now lives on the North Essex coast and writes full-time. 

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Social Media

Website: https://www.lesleykara.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lesleykarawriter/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LesleyKara
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/lesleykarawriter/
In addition to her personal online presence you can find follow Lesley and Lauren’s InSuspense on:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/InSuspensePod
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/insuspensepod/

You can see Lesley appearing on Bay Tales Live #4 here

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BRM (Brian) Stewart

Brian Stewart
Brian Stewart

Brian was born in Glasgow and brought up in Grangemouth. After attending Glasgow University enough of the time to get a degree, he taught maths in Edinburgh for a couple of years before moving to Nairn in the Scottish Highlands, where he stayed for over forty years bringing up his family. His wife passed away in 2010. Brian has since remarried, and in 2017 they relocated to the Dundee area to be nearer his grown-up children and grandchildren.

Brian is retired from a life in education, both working and learning, and now focuses on his life-long passion – writing. He has published four books in the ‘Digital’ series, featuring computer entrepreneur Martin McGregor and DS Amanda Pitt (now invalided out) and an ensemble cast that includes young hacker Michael, Amanda’s colleague Pete McLeod, and PI Grant Cairns. The latest, ‘The CalDat Investigation’, has just been released in ebook format, with print to follow. He occasionally writes short fiction and a travel blog.

Brian’s interests are reading, tech, music, golf, and travel. He is an active member of his local Rotary, and also the Angus Writers’ Circle.

You can find out more about Brian, and buy his books on Amazon.

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Find Brian on Twitter at: @brmstewart

Visit Brian’s website at: https://www.brmstewart.co.uk

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Nikki Smith – Profile

Nikki Smith

Nikki Smith studied English Literature at Birmingham University, before pursuing a career in finance. Following a ‘now or never’ moment, she applied for a Curtis Brown Creative course where she started writing her debut novel, All In Her Head which was longlisted for the Guardian’s ‘Not The Booker’ prize and was described by Lesley Kara as ‘A clever and emotionally charged debut,’ and TM Logan as ‘Brilliantly written with plenty of surprises along the way.’

She lives near Guildford with her husband and two daughters and a cat called Saffi who thinks she’s a dog. Her second novel, Look What You Made Me Do will be published in hardback by Orion on 1 April 2021.

You can read about the inspiration behind Nikki’s first novel All In Her Head here

AND as a bonus, you can find a sneak peak preview of the prologue and the first two chapters of Look What You Made Me Do here (PDF reader required)

Bibliography

Look What You Made Me Do
All In Her Head

Social Media

Website: https://nikkismithauthor.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Mrssmithmunday

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nikkismithauthor

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James Burnett – Profile

James Burnett has been a professional writer all his life, the majority of it as a journalist. He worked for the BBC for 30 years as a documentary maker and news correspondent. Three years ago he took a sabbatical and cycled solo across the United States, sleeping each night in a tent, mostly in the Rocky Mountains.

He has always written fiction and while in America he decided to stop pretending to be a writer and be one.

He has recently started a novel writing course with Curtis Brown literary agency. 

Website

www.jamesburnettwriting.com

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Suzy Aspley – Profile

Suzy Aspley

South Shields born Suzy Aspley began writing her first book after a prompt at a writing retreat in the Scottish Highlands, six human teeth in a matchbox, reminded her of a story she once covered as a newspaper reporter. After pitching successfully at Dragon’s Pen in summer 2019, she won Bloody Scotland’s Pitch Perfect competition in September 2019 and a month later was shortlisted in the DHH Literary Agency New Voices Award at the first Capital Crime festival in London.

She’s now working with an editor on her spooky debut novel One for Sorrow.

She lives in Scotland with her family and when she’s not writing can be found walking in the woods with kids, dogs and horses.

You can read Suzy’s short story Derry Lodge here and see her read her short story at our Virtual Noir at the Bar Halloween Special here

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Website suzyaspleywriter.com

Twitter @writer_suzy