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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 for Friends of the Bay members 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.

Bibliography

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. 

Bibliography

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.

If you’re a member of Friends of the Bay 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

Social Media

Website suzyaspleywriter.com

Twitter @writer_suzy

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Cath Staincliffe Profile

Cath Staincliffe

Cath Staincliffe is a best-selling, award-winning novelist, radio playwright and creator of ITV’s hit series Blue Murder. She also writes the Scott & Bailey tie-in books. Cath has been shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger and the Dagger in the Library.

She won the Short Story Dagger in 2012 and the Writers Guild of Great Britain’s Best Radio Drama Award in 2019. Her debut series, the Sal Kilkenny mysteries launched single-parent PI Sal onto Manchester’s mean streets. Her latest features detectives Donna Bell and Jade Bradshaw, dubbed ‘strong, damaged, lippy northern female police officers’ by the Sunday Times Crime Club. The Girl in the Green Dress, their first outing, has been optioned for TV.

Cath’s standalone novels examine the human impact of crime on ordinary families, giving a voice to victims, the bereaved, survivors and witnesses.

If you’re a member of Friends of the Bay you can see Cath, with Ann Cleeves, in interview with Vic Watson at Bay Tales Live #3 here.

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Books written by Cath include:

For a comprehensive list visit her website.

Praise for Cath Staincliffe


‘A star in the firmament of British crime fiction’ – Big Issue in the North


‘Powerful, complex and utterly gripping’ – Sunday Mirror

‘Such a good writer … eerie, moving … an absorbing read’ – Marcel Berlins, The Times

‘Writing that gives Britcrime its heart, mind and soul … Accept no substitute; this is the real thing’ – Philip Oakes, Literary Review

‘Remarkable depth … the most grown-up writer in British crime fiction … mercilessly exciting’ – Jake Kerridge, The Telegraph

‘Gripping…Ripped from the headlines and totally scary’ – Irish Independent

‘A sensitive and humane writer whose talent for characterisation … is the fuel for real suspense’ – Laura Wilson, The Guardian

‘Staincliffe is one of the few authors who can combine political anger with great entertainment and somehow never lose sight of either’ – Morning Star

‘Powerful, thoughtful ensemble novel about a terror attack and its legacy. Harrowing and humane. A real knockout’ – Ian Rankin

‘This is a wonderful novel, powerful, humane and moving. It’s also one of the best police procedurals I’ve read this year’ – Ann Cleeves

‘A portrait of loss and rage, less focused on the mechanics of the crime than the emotion lurking beneath the surface’ – Cape Times (South Africa)

Social media

Twitter: @CathStaincliffe
Website http://www.cathstaincliffe.co.uk/

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Ann Cleeves Profile

Ann Cleeves
Ann Cleeves

As Ann told us on her appearance on Bay Tales Live #3, her first novel was published in 1986. In 2016 she celebrated the publication of 30 novels in 30 years.

35 years after the publication of her first novel, Ann is one of the nation’s favourite crime novelists, and we were thrilled to have her on the show.

In 2006, Ann was the first winner of the Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award of the Crime Writers’ Association for Raven Black – the first of the eight (so far) Shetland novels. Ann has also been shortlisted for numerous CWA ‘Daggers’ and in 2017 was presented with the Diamond Dagger – the highest honour in British Crime Writing. Martin Edwards, Chair of the CWA, described Ann’s contribution to the crime writing world as ‘magnificent’.

Now living in Whitley Bay, Ann has, of course, put her surroundings to great use through the nine volume Vera series, and been a strong supporter of local causes – ourselves included.

Bibliography

The Vera Series in Order:

Shetland: The Four Seasons Quartet

Shetland: The Four Elements Quartet

Stand Alone Novels

Social Media

Follow Ann on Twitter at: @anncleeves

Visit Ann’s website for information on all her books and a whole lot more at: https://anncleeves.com/

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Helen Fields Profile

Helen Fields

An international and Amazon #1 best-selling author, Helen is a former criminal and family law barrister. Every book in the Callanach series has claimed an Amazon #1 bestseller flag. The last book in the series, ‘Perfect Kill‘ was longlisted for the Crime Writers Association Ian Fleming Steel Dagger in 2020, and others have been longlisted for the McIlvanney Prize, Scottish crime novel of the year. Helen also writes as HS Chandler, and has released legal thriller ‘Degrees of Guilt‘. Her audio book ‘Perfect Crime‘ knocked Michelle Obama off the #1 spot. In 2020 Perfect Remains was shortlisted for the Bronze Bat, Dutch debut crime novel of the year. Now translated into 16 languages, and also selling in the USA, Canada & Australasia, Helen’s books have won global recognition. Her historical thriller ‘These Lost & Broken Things‘ came out in May 2020. Her first standalone thriller – The Shadow Man – from HarperColllins was published on February 4, 2021. She currently commutes between West Sussex, Scotland and California. She lives with her husband and three children.

The Shadow Man

Want to know more about Helen and her new stand-alone chiller The Shadow Man? You can see the launch of the book in the video below where Helen talks about the inspiration and process of writing it – with questions from Bay Tales’ very own Vic Watson as well as some special guest authors putting their own queries to her…

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Helen can be found on Twitter @Helen_Fields for up to date news and information or at www.helenfields.co.uk

Friend of the Bay? Read an exclusive short story from Helen here