2022 Writing Mentorship Award Finalists

Page Turner Awards is delighted to announce our 2022 Writing Mentorship Award finalists, shown in random order!

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I was born in 1947, the eldest child of a much-decorated Regular soldier and an Italian partisan who met at the liberation of the walled city of Urbino in the Appenine foothills. They brought me up speaking only Italian until I went to school. I was educated at Brighton, Hove and Sussex Grammar

Orsolya Kiss-Toth for "Nadi Leaves"

Originally from Hungary, I graduated from the University of Leeds with a BSc in Psychology and an MA in Human Resource Management, and I still live in the city with my partner. In my day job, I’m an HR professional. I love the challenges and the variety I experience through my work, but writing is

Alicia Evans for "Hearts Unraveled"

Alicia Evans was born and raised in the stunning desert that makes up most of New Mexico, USA. As a child her mother had to bribe her to read until she finally found her love of books at the age of ten. With every new book or series devoured, her love of reading evolved into a love of writing. She

Celia Quartermain for "Cutting Adrift"

I was born in Berlin, and grew up in the Army, moving from place to place. All of the work I've done in my adult life has been in the worlds of media/entertainment/storytelling. I started in the office of the Anna Scher Children’s Theatre in Islington in the early 1980s’, leaving to move to a small

Christina L. Marcham for "The Coral Route"

Born in the UK, Christina wanted to travel as soon as she could to the places she read and dreamt about as a young child. Studying social anthropology and later public health, she travelled to sub-Saharan Africa. Here she lectured in medical anthropology and HIV/AIDS and worked for charities in some

Roma Van Den Bergh for "Into the Light "

I’m a CGI filmmaker by trade and throughout my career have helped visualise stories from Hollywood blockbusters like The Golden Compass to Alex Garland’s Annihilation. INTO THE LIGHT was inspired by a true life event of a woman, who stopped a man killing a young girl in public, whilst others passed

B. L. Charles for "Astral Hunter"

I am a UK-based scientist who spends my spare time writing speculative and historical fiction, often focusing on underrepresented voices in science and mythology. In 2021 I took the leap and started submitting work. Since then, I've won Globe Soup's short story competition and have other work

K.A. Dowd for "The Legacy"

I find wonder in how our world works through studying the past to predict the patterns of our future. This might be due to my first passion and career as a weather forecaster, but it certainly does make life more interesting when I’m not hunched over my computer, madly typing to pin down my

Kylie Hough for "We All Fall Down"

Kylie A Hough lives on Yugambeh land where she is currently undertaking a Master of Creative Writing at Macquarie University. In 2015 Kylie received the Lucy Elizabeth Craigie Award, the Richard B Smith Memorial Prize, and the Australian Federation of Graduate Women Inc. (AFGW) NSW (Armidale) UNE

Penny Andrews for "Elite"

Penny is working on her first novel in Melbourne, where she lives with her family. At university she studied psychology, psychophysiology and bioethics. Past jobs have included karaoke hostess, English teaching in Tokyo and assessing ethics applications for research projects.

Gail Aldwin for "Escape Village Resort"

Novelist, poet and scriptwriter, Gail Aldwin writes for pleasure and publication. Her debut coming-of-age novel The String Games was a finalist in The People’s Book Prize and the Dorchester Literary Festival Writing Prize 2020. Awarded a PhD in 2018, Gail has worked with undergraduates of creative

Tony Blankenship for "Molly's Lips"

Tony Blankenship is a chef, spiritual seeker, and punk rocker. All the great insights in his book Self-Help Sucks, come from his own challenge of confronting and losing in his own struggle with addictive behavior. Using the principles and actions of the twelve-step program, Tony lays out his

Robert Parkhouse for "Ill-Fated Legacy "

After gaining a Creative Writing (Novel) M.A. from Middlesex University in 2017, I completed my first novel manuscript in 2020. During 2022, I completed the Writing a Novel course from Faber Academy. I am currently working on my second novel. Previously, I have had over fifty articles and short

Mirjam Dikken for " On the other side of the river"

Mirjam Dikken was born and raised in the Netherlands. Her interests not only landed her jobs as a chemical engineer, recruiter, and HR manager, but also brought her to travel and work around the world and live in India for 3.5 years. She now wanders around in the darker places of her imagination to

Therena Carlin for "When I kiss your cheek at night"

Therena is an award-winning, internationally published photographer and artist. She writes epic romantic fantasy novels and creates fantasy illustrations. She loves transporting readers and art lovers into a world of love, magic, and adventure. Born to be an artist and author, she delights in

Diane Hopkins for "The Tiger is Me"

Diane Hopkins is a nonfiction book writing coach for creative and ambitious women who have transformational stories and expertise to share. She has also helped her clients create powerful speeches as invited keynotes speakers at big events including business conferences and United Nations events

Diane Hopkins for "Chasing Tigers"

Diane Hopkins is a nonfiction book writing coach for creative and ambitious women who have transformational stories and expertise to share. She has also helped her clients create powerful speeches as invited keynotes speakers at big events including business conferences and United Nations events

Sarah Long for "The Woman In The Charm House "

Sarah was born and raised in a hippie surfer town in California before running away to New Orleans to read literature with vampires. After a hurricane and a degree, she found herself wandering around Los Angeles, dreaming of becoming a novelist in a script writer world. The heat was a tad too much

Jacquelyn de León for "Shadows Luck"

Jacquelyn de León was born in California but her family soon left the sunshine and beaches for the mountains of Washington state. Never living in one place for more than five years, Jacquelyn grew up with a traveler's heart and a belief that with new locations come new adventures. Her own adventures

Sarah Nias for "The Formation of Rifts"

Sarah Nias grew up overseas and worked in translation before moving into a career in print production. Returning to education as a mature student, she studied for an MA in English which inspired her to take up her own writing. After participating in several online creative writing courses she was

Theodora Scott for "The Beatmaker"

A Danish Viking who hates the cold, Theodora Scott lives in the Middle East where she can wear flip-flops in January. By day she works as a business writer for an IT corporation, by night she writes a blog about her two passions: music and pop culture. A lifelong hip hop fan and student of the craft

Katherine Black for "Lufkin, Texas"

Katherine Black was born and raised in Texas but has spent most of her life in England. Her background is in art history. She spent years working for arts charities before leaving it all behind for the glamourous life of a stay-at-home mum. Now that the children are getting older, she's pursuing her

Alice Deby for "The Revenge Dater"

Alice Deby is a debut author who loves retro rom-coms and writing all night. A former teacher and magazine editor, she now writes full-time, with an ambition to deliver many books for many readers. In 2021, she was Highly Commended in the Page Turner Awards, and a prize winner in the Romance Writers

Phil Latham for "Void"

My day job is validating computerised systems involved in drug manufacturing for pharmaceutical companies. It is a complicated and time-consuming process that sounds dull, but don't let that fool you; it is dull. However, my work does save lives (yes, really) because validation ensures that the

KD Field Field for "The Baker of El Mujandar"

Unexpected journeys are the best kind. In 2018, my husband and I packed up and moved from the US to Spain. We live on a farm bordering the famed Camino De Santiago in Lugo, (Galicia) Spain, where I spend my days writing, painting, and counting pilgrims walking past the gate. Throughout my life, I

Mina Rose Stiet for "Project Saturnalia "

Mina Rose lives in the Seattle area. She loves self-care, astrology, tarot, yoga, cats, coffee, video games, and outer space (although she's never been). On a typical day you can find her burning incense and dancing in the kitchen. On a non-typical day you can find her sipping margaritas next to a

Debbie Alty for "Four White Walls"

I have undergraduate degree in English and Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University and a MA in Publishing. Story-telling has been embedded into my life from an early age, listening to my parents tell me stories about their lives prompted my interest in the lives of a diverse range

Claudia Bretag for "The Shadows of Deception"

Claudia Bretag is an editor, teacher, retail assistant and aspiring author from Sydney, Australia. She is an active member of both Writing NSW and IPEd. Claudia is at her best in a cafe with a cup of coffee while her fingers tinker away at a keyboard to uncover a new chapter each day.

K.T. Jayne for "One of Us"

I'm based in the UK and have been writing fiction for the last five years. I write psychological thrillers and am currently working on my second novel. My background is in Fine Art Film and Video I spent my early years working as an experimental filmmaker and as a lecturer in film making. My films

Anne Greer for "Why Not Take all of Me"

BODY GUARDED and the Blake Sorenson novel series was inspired by actions of an aimless addict who forced my children and me into California’s witness protection program. We experienced blackmail, attempted murder, and suicide up close. As I contemplated all that was lost to drugs and mayhem, I

Sherri Matthews for "Stranger In A White Dress"

My work is published in Prima, Your Cat, Suffolk Norfolk Life, a collection of anthologies and online. Last year I was thrilled to reach the shortlist with Fish Publishing, special mention with Spread The Word Life Writing Prize and the finalist stage for the Page Turner Awards. My memoir of lost

Bernadette Maybanks for "I Don't Know Why"

Orphaned at sixteen, I wasn't educated in the traditional sense, but I have always been a writer. I am dedicated to shining a light on experiences which have not always made it into print. I tell these with love, with brutal honesty and an eye for detail which was honed as a girl trying to make