Here you can find out a bit more about the people who make up Open Book Writers. There are short bio’s below, if you’d like to read a longer piece and samples from that author, please click on their name to go to their library pages.
Amanda Ashton was born in Derbyshire and raised in Nottinghamshire. She moved to Chesterfield 11 years ago after meeting her husband. She works full-time, commuting sixty miles a day to Nottinghamshire and still fitting in the school run for her little boy. How she managed to write and keep a blog going is a mystery! But somehow she find time between office, mummy and wife duties.
All her life she has had a passion for writing fantasy, sci-fi and horror. Her ambition is to get published one day and make her little boy and husband proud. She hopes that you enjoy her stories and you can follow her blog on amandaashton.blogspot.co.uk which is about motherhood, life and writing. She also Tweets @AAshtonWriter
Hi my name’s Andrew and I’m from Chesterfield. I started writing only a few years ago and have begun to assemble a collection of short stories and novel beginnings. I try to write as often as I can between work and hobbies. I haven’t settled on one genre but my most used include crime fantasy and sci-fi.
Brian has just published his first children’s novel ‘Dangerous Sky’ based on his childhood during the London Blitz and being evacuated to a coal mining community in South Wales. He has had a number of short stories broadcast on radio, as well as a play about the birth of his first child. He is currently writing a novel about his experiences as a National Serviceman in Malaysia aimed at young/grown-up readers.
Cat Martin has a great track record of talking about writing. Actual writing no so much. When inspiration does strike, it tends to cause something in a fantasy style or science-fiction. She’s particularly interested in urban fairy stories and alternate histories (those ‘what if’ scenarios that lead proper writers to produce books like Fatherland and Ruled Britannia.) If asked to write about what she knows, Cat would probably have to come up with something about astronomy, the Romans or computers. All three at once could be fun or possibly disastrous.
Dawn began writing when she discovered daydreaming, her imagination has burned brightly ever since. She has worked on dozens of stories, sketches and screenplays over the years (and even managed to finish some of them!) Her current project is a children’s book (started when her daughter was seven, hopefully finished by the time her daughter goes to university!) In her spare time she has acted in semi-professional theatre and had walk on parts in BBC’s Doctors and done supporting artist work on Life on Mars and many other TV productions. She is pleased to be immortalised on film, and now in the written word.
Gemma Phipps, originally from Birmingham, has been writing on and off for fifteen years. After finding Open Book in 2012 she finally had an opportunity to at least think about writing, although she still didn’t do a great deal of it. Amongst her other creative pastimes, she is the mother of two very energetic toddlers. Well, at least that’s the excuse.
Georgina M. Coates
Georgina Coates was born on All Saints Day, and her father likes to joke how he narrowly avoided having a pumpkin for a daughter. Currently residing in Ashover, she works hard to become a successful writer whilst attending to her dogs and trying to sort out her frankly mad life. Fond of fantasy, horror and romance but not fond of sexism and stupidity.
S. Fraser-Martin lives in Chesterfield with her spouse and a grumpy cat. She cooks a mean apple crumble, does archery, and was a prose editor for the Ink Magazine in 2014 as well as being a member of Open Book Writers since 2009. She writes on a broad range of subjects in the style of grim and has performed her work at local events. You can find more of her work on her blog at liminis.wordpress.com, read her twitter feed @SFM_writer or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sara Davies was born and lives in Derbyshire with her family. She joined Open Book Writers in 2013 where she shares creative ideas with her talented fellow members. Sara mainly writes about real situations/ dramas, her travels and her love of art, cake and chocolate. Much of this can be found in her blog at www.patisserielola.com
Her favourite writers include Joanne Harris whose novel ‘Chocolat’ inspired Sara to start her own patisserie business. She also dreams of becoming a chocolatier, eating her own chocolates and writing about them!
Steve Hewitt left home to study and took over 25 years to find his way back. He now lives just around the corner. He spent most of his life working with numbers. A few years ago he began working with words. He enjoyed this so much that he recently took early retirement to concentrate on writing.
His first book A Brief Tour Around my Head is a collection of short stories in a variety of genres. It is available on most e-readers. You can download a free sample, or purchase the whole thing at www.smashwords.com/books/view/311150.
Susan M. Francis
Hi I’m Susan Francis, born and brought up in Chesterfield. I attended Tapton House Grammar School then joined the Civil Service where I continue to work full-time.
I have always loved reading and making up little stories… usually to get me out of trouble, and whilst at junior school won a poetry competition. I am renowned for letting my imagination run away with me.
I enrolled on a Creative Writing course with WEA and then completed a Creative Writing Certificate with Sheffield University.
I love writing poetry, short stories and scripts. I also have an overwhelming desire to be humorous.