Writing Award Finalists

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I grew up in a small town in the heart of Scotland. It’s a place of abandoned mills, Fingalian legend and high, windy fields where the voices of the past are always present. A life-long bookworm with a questioning nature, I studied English and Philosophy at Dundee University, graduating with a First

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BIO - Cheryl K Sharpe - Cksharpe1@att.net Cheryl worked in corporate management with an emphasis on Computer science, budget and finance, and project management for thirty years at Caterpillar, Inc. She retired in 2009 and lives in Alpharetta, Georgia with her husband, Tom. They have two grown

William Kaufmann, award-winning ceramic artist and award winning writer

I live in rural Wisconsin and work full time as an artist-potter. In collaboration with my wife, Cynthia, we are multiple award-winning ceramic artists. I am a writer. My 11th grade English teacher, Ms. Thompson, inspired my first stories. She loved poetry and cried in class. I cried with her. Years

Mark Edward Jones

I am a lifelong resident of Oklahoma and a retired administrator in higher education finance. After retirement in 2017, I picked up my writing habit and decided it was now or never to begin a serious effort in publishing a novel. Mystery/detective/foreign intrigue stories are my favorite reads, so I

Award-Winning Bestselling Author Shaunna Rodriguez

I am Shaunna Rodriguez, an award-winning, international bestselling author. I have a degree in psychology and English Literature from UOP and am a law student in Missouri. I’m certified in forensics, forensic and criminal psychology, anthropology, biology, anatomy and medicine. I’m a multi-genre

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I am a part-time marketing manager, with a PhD in 20th-century literature and a life-long passion for medieval history. Years ago I won a national short story competition, but motherhood and work took over... I mentor women-led business startups and am a girls football volunteer. I adore travelling

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When I was young, I wrote a book and sent it to Terry Pratchett. He wrote to me to tell me he'd enjoyed it and gave me advice on how to present it to a publisher. I was astounded he'd replied and sadly my self doubt made me shove his letter in a drawer and do nothing more with my manuscript. Fast

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I'm an assistant headteacher from West London, husband and father of 2. Part of my job has always been to bring a love of reading and books to the pupils in my school, as well as the awesome power of storytelling. Seeing young minds getting to grips with the amazing ways writers creating images in

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Shawn Steen is an insomniac who discovered lucid dreaming as a way to calm his overactive mind. In doing so, he realized he was writing stories in his sleep. Now semi-retired he has the time to share them.

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Emmanuella Hristova was born in Oakland, California and grew up in the Bay Area. She is the third daughter to Bulgarian parents who immigrated to California shortly before she was born. She began drawing at the ripe age of four, and studied the fine arts for five years in high school. There, she

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Hi! I’m Suzanne; a proud Mum & Mamgu (Welsh for Grandmother), English Teacher, Usui Reiki Master Teacher, NLP Practitioner, Mental Health First Aider, Counsellor and Coach from South Wales who currently lives and works in West Yorkshire. I like to consider myself as the honorary English settler who

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C.L. Wells is an indie author who writes in a variety of genres including murder mystery, YA, paranormal fiction, and even the occasional non-fiction piece. He is the founder of Creative Writing with a Mission.

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Hi, I'm Chas, I come from a film background, so I'm going from one form of storytelling to another hoping I can better broaden my craft and keep creative in these uncertain times. I've made a few award-winning short films and I always have a script on the back-burner, but I am excited to venture

Clennell Anthony

Clennell Anthony was introduced to romance and its subgenres when she was given a book as a teenager. Shining Through by Susan Issacs was her first adult novel. From that moment on, she was an avid reader of romance and all its genres. Now, she enjoys telling tales of romance, suspense, and a bit of

Alex Tremari

Alex Tremari is a Pacific Northwest transplant who took way to long to make her 6th grade declaration, "When I grow up I'm going to be a writer" a reality. Her unpublished novel, Dragoncast, placed 2nd in the 2019 Pacific Northwest Writer’s Contest in the Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Paranormal category was CIBA

Jennifer James, MFT

About the Author I loved books even before I could read, and I memorized such picture books as Madeline’s Rescue by Ludwig Bemelmans so that I could recite them to my mother saying, “Look, Mom! I’m reading!” To her credit, my mother smiled and said, “That’s so great, Jennifer,” playing along with my

Rosemary Esehagu is a novelist and poet.

Rosemary Esehagu is a mom, a novelist, and a poet who was born in Nigeria. She is a believer in pursuing different interests and embracing one’s self. Her works typically focus on identity, self-concept, and social issues. The mind and the role external and internal forces play to shape the mind

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Born and raised in rural Illinois and received a B.S. degree at Oklahoma State University. I enlisted in the U.S. Navy for four years then attended Catholic seminary at Seton Hall University and St. Meinrad Seminary, receiving a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts. I served as a parish priest and

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Joanne Clague is an NCTJ-qualified journalist who has worked for thirty years in print, radio and broadcast media in the Isle of Man, a Crown dependency in the middle of the Irish Sea famous for its beautifully unspoilt and rugged landscape, motorsport and the world's oldest continuous parliament

Cheryl D. Hill-Lavalle

Born and raised in Ontario, Canada, Cheryl had an early consciousness there was more to life than what she saw, heard and experienced. She believed "everything happens for a reason" and made a lifetime quest of seeking answers—answers to life and the various challenges she endured. Every traumatic

Emily MacNevin

Emily MacNevin is a freelance music journalist, currently writing for Prog, Spin (USA) and Record Collector magazines. She has been freelancing since she was 21 after completing multiple work experience placements at local newspapers including West Sussex County Times and Dorking Advertiser where

Tina Abbey

Reading and writing is second nature to me. It’s as natural to me as breathing. To describe me as a bookworm is an understatement. I am never without a book, a pen, or a notebook in my hand or my bag. Throughout my schooldays, my friends teased me because I didn’t want to play and could always be

Geoff Keall is the author of SOIMATHAT - A Losers Guide to the Galaxy. SOIAMTHAT is a accronym for the full title The Semantics of i AM.

I live in Hervey Bay, a beautiful, quiet seaside city in southeast Queensland. My family escaped here from Palmerston North, New Zealand, after experiencing a family tragedy. We'd never been to Brisbane City, let alone regional Queensland. What was I thinking? 13 years later our children have left

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Dan McCrory has been an officer of the National Writers Union, UAW Local 1981 for the past 15 years. After being pushed out the door (actually, lured out the door with money) at AT&T after 37 years, he decided to tell his story. His book, Capitalism Killled the Middle Class, is part memoir, part

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Walt Larimore is a Colorado-based family physician and a prolific writer having authored or co-authored over 30 books and over 1000 in a wide variety of lay and professional journals and magazines. His best-selling books include the "Bryson City" memoirs, four novels, and books on health, marriage

Andria Goldin

Miry Brook Johnson is Andria’s first completed novel. Women’s Fiction. Set in the Plains of Oklahoma, it is about a sweet, lonely, insecure girl and how she learns to become a grown-up. Andria is currently working on a seven-book series that starts in 1560 and ends in present day, threading all the

Author Tee O'Neill

Tee has been a playwright and script writing lecturer for over twenty years. Her plays have been produced and awarded prizes from all around the world. She has written several biographical plays and completed a PhD thesis on the unique creative process required to write in this genre. The adaptation

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Paul Nabil Matthis was born in Sugarland, Texas to a Syrian mother and father of Welsh-Irish descent. After growing up in the American south, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Dubai, he finally settled down in Los Angeles, where he earned a master's degree in music composition from CalArts. His

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Steve Rush’s experience includes tenure as homicide detective and chief forensic investigator for Burton & Associates, a national consulting firm in the field of forensic and environmental pathology and medicine. Once hailed as, “The best forensic investigator in the United States” by the late

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A Murder on the Border formed in my mind over the course of nearly ten years. It filled my dreams, haunted my steps on the treadmill, and robbed my attention during meetings at work. Finally, in 2018, I decided I would write the story, if only to get it out of my head. Although I had always been

William Kaufmann, award-winning ceramic artist and award winning writer

I live in rural Wisconsin and work full time as an artist-potter. In collaboration with my wife, Cynthia, we are multiple award-winning ceramic artists. (www.lindenhillspottery.com/about.html). I am a writer. My 10th grade English teacher, Ms. Thompson, inspired my first stories. She loved poetry

Bryan Castle

When he’s not writing, Bryan is addicted to flash mob videos on YouTube. He loves buskers and will always toss a few dollars in the hat. He enjoyed a stint as a journalist and was the recipient of an Investigative Reporter award. The father of four, he lives in Houston with his wife and her

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D. E. Stockman was reared in a small town in the Midwest U. S. A. and now lives outside Chicago. After serving in the U. S. Air Force as a Russian translator, he graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a bachelor of arts degree. He has been involved in various aspects of the graphic

The edgy retiree

Born in Flushing, Queens, NY, U.S.A. in 1952. Graduated Bronx High School of Science in 1970. BS Biology from Ball State University in Muncie, IN, U.S.A. 1975. MA in Community Health Education from New York University 1979. Registered Dietitian from 1980 - 2019. Employed by Dept. of Veterans Affairs

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I am a long-time writer and yet-to-be author and I spend more of my time time thinking about fictional worlds than real ones. I've been telling stories since I learned to talk, writing since I could hold a pencil, and am currently working on getting my BFA in Writing. I write almost exclusively YA

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I am a nineteen-year-old writer from Hertfordshire. I like to think I am unlike any other author out there, I constantly chase perfection in everything I do, am possibly the most competitive writer in the world. I love to build worlds that I fall into when I am writing, create relatable characters

John Righten

John has delivered medical aid to orphanages and hospitals across the globe, including Romania during the revolution, and South America and Bosnia during the war. His Rogues novels are based on the characters he encountered during his many dangerous missions, when he enlisted unlikely support from


Christopher Maroney first fell in love with writing, and books in general, as a young child. There was a library close enough to his home that his parents took him there to visit on a almost daily basis in the summers. The library was so small that the city officially named it "The Twig" library

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Maddie Adams is an aspiring YA author. She lives with her fiancé and cat, both of whom inspire many characters. Ever since she learned Christopher Paolini wrote Eragon at sixteen, she has dreamed of getting a novel published. She has dabbled in many fields including music, teaching, and business but

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I am a high school counselor by day and aspiring writer by afternoon, evening, late night, and weekend. I grew up in both New Zealand and California, but have finally found a home in the wild and woolly Pacific Northwest where men wear plaid and Sasquatch play in the shadows of the Olympic Mountains

Author, Sam Pearce

Working as a self-publishing consultant in sunny Southampton, I have an absolute passion for books! As the founder of SWATT Books, I help independent authors through to process of self-publishing, from finding qualified editors and cover designers to registering their publishing imprint and getting

C. R.  Mitchell

Christina Mitchell has a deep love and respect for the women in her Italian family. Their ability to triumph in a sexist culture motivated her to write the mafia series, The Italian Rose. Christina wants her novels to be more than pages filled with thrilling storylines. Through her books, she

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"The Unfolding of Time," by Peryn Roel, is about three siblings who embark on an incredible adventure through the Realms of Llalethar. The story centers around a prophecy said to involve three human children and is filled with eccentric creatures that are met along the way. Peryn's ideas drew from

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As a child I can remember the thrill of a notebook, the excitement of a new book. I was always writing and reading. I grew up in Kent, studied Optometry, worked in Middlesex and along the way married a vet and had two daughters. And I wrote. All the time. Scribbles everywhere. Now we're back in Kent

Elizabeth Goodhue

Elizabeth Goodhue is a freelance writer and blogger. When challenging a student to publish her work on a blog, Elizabeth also started one called ecgpoetry.blogspot.com. Since then she has written a blog about living and teaching in Mexico, and another about living and working in Kuala Lumpur. In

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Catherine Fearns is from Liverpool, UK. In previous incarnations she was a financial analyst, a cocktail pianist and a breastfeeding counsellor, but nowadays she writes novels, with a bit of music journalism on the side. Her three crime fiction novels (Reprobation, Consuming Fire & Sound, all

Chris Brookes is a UK author and scriptwriter

Working behind the scenes of theatre touring shows during the 1980s gave Chris his love of creative writing and the desire to succeed as a writer. However, after discussions with his bank manager and the revelation that a mortgage needed to be paid monthly, it was agreed he would also seek a 'proper

M.A. McComas

M.A. McComas grew up in Western Pennsylvania and went to school for teaching. However, his real passion has always been for stories. He started reading before he began Kindergarten, completed his first chapter book, "The Great Dog Disaster" by Denise Pomeraning, in the first grade, and has never

Min Day

Min Day is a freelance writer and has worked with public and health organisations as well as in the corporate world. Min developed Love Letters, a dark, psychological novel, after writing about domestic abuse for a local authority. In the book, Min delves into the deepest flaws of her characters to

Michael Salort

Michael Salort has been a TV reporter, TV producer, investigative producer for national newsmagazine programs, screenwriter, business writer, and novelist. In novel writing, Michael Salort is the ghostwriter of internationally-recognized SuperModel and entrepreneur Tyra Banks’ 566-page, sci-fi

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Mark Stibbe is a full-time published author and the founder of BookLab, a company dedicated to helping emerging writers. Mark was adopted in 1960, along with his twin sister Claire. In the 1940s, their dad's professor had been J.R.R Tolkien and his mentor C.S. Lewis. On long nights, Mark remembers


Tom Bierdz, a retired psychotherapist, was born and raised in Kenosha, WI. He earned a BA degree from Marquette University and a Master’s degree in social work from the University of Chicago. He worked in public welfare in Milwaukee and Kenosha before becoming the Director of Catholic Social

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Following a career in education, Mary qualified as an aromatherapist at the Tisserand Institute in London in 1999 and later worked there as an anatomy and physiology lecturer. Her aromatherapy studies sparked an interest in natural health and since then, she has completed a variety of complementary

Samuel A. McAdams

The first story Sam wrote in 3rd grade had his classmates and teacher in stitches. The adulting business of a full-time engineering career, home ownership, marriage, parenting, and consuming mass quantities of beer at Chicago Cubs games kept him busy, but his passion for writing fun humorous stories

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As an author, I'd be best described as a ‘late bloomer’. I've lived and/or worked in every State of Australia, in a variety of occupations from a serviceman (RAAF), factory worker, pro musician, ceramist, salesman, full-time carer, online affiliate marketer, and heaps more. Writing has always been a

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My background has been a diverse mix of youth work, complementary health and PR and in recent years, I have self-published two guides to using flower remedies. Throughout my life, I have written. At times, to simply make sense of the world, but mainly because I love to weave stories. Not that my

Dan Brockington

I am an anthropologist who has lived and worked in Tanzania for several years since the mid-1990s conducting long-term fieldwork in remote rural areas. The worlds I describe in The Grymcat Conspiracy, the families, their ambitions and livelihoods are based on that experience. In particular Samti’s

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Travis Guberud is a fantasy and horror writer originally from La Crosse, Wisconsin, along the Mississippi River. He was raised on the masterworks of giants —Tolkien, Lovecraft, and King to name a few. Absorbing media in all forms since birth, he funnels that love into his passion for storytelling

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I am a writer who has recently found true joy in fatherhood and story writing from a Creative Writing degree from the University of Washington. Now in Colorado with wife and child, I have continued to explore my fascinations in the concepts of complex emotions and the elusive soul; finding my own