Born into a noisy, talkative family of South Londoners, story telling has always been important to me. I started writing in my teens, but it was not until joining Fosseway Writers that I began to write more frequently and learn how to improve my writing. Taking a degree in Literature and History as a mature student fostered my interest in social and family history, which I continue to research. Other interests include reading in a wide range of genres, attending U3A lectures, and group meetings in archaeology, literature and poetry. However, the most important thing in my life is my scattered family, all of whom I see as often as I can.
I love Cassie, my dog. I love my garden. I love the characters in the books I write. I've no idea where they come from but they get into my head and I feel I really know them and want to tell their story. I have so enjoyed getting involved in the dyslexia project and setting up Dayglo Books Ltd. It's taken a huge amount of effort by everybody involved but we've had tons of encouragement, for which I am truly grateful. I think this is going to be something wonderful.
Vivien Steels is a poet/illustrator, who has been widely published in poetry presses/magazines and on the Internet with over 270 poems published. Vivien has produced five collections of her published, illustrated poems and a memoir. Vivien’s award-winning website, “Talking Paint”, is @ www.viviensteels.webs.com. She also writes short stories (for children and adults) and articles. She has just finished her first novel. In 2010 she gained a Distinction in a Course of Creative and Professional Writing at Nottingham University.
Stephen Taylor was once a happy and reasonably well-adjusted person; that was until an urge to write invaded his psyche, this need to be a writer, to tell tales; then these thoughts began to coalesce. A Georgian trilogy was conceived, set in London; a decadent time, a decadent place; also contemporary novels and a children's story. Born in Yorkshire, brought up in Manchester (still an avid Manchester City fan); he is now retired and lives in the Vale of Belvoir, a widower with a daughter just finished University. He has always admired the skill of the storyteller and his books aspire to that simple tradition.
Nick is a civil engineer with published textbooks to his name, but he also has a deep interest in finding the answers to ancient historical and pre-historical mysteries. This interest has led him to attempt to 'sort out' ancient Middle Eastern history, an area where profound disagreement between experts exists ('History Rewritten'), to investigate the truth behind the Noah story ('The Great Flood'), and to study, categorize and compare hundreds of languages in the search for clues concerning the development of human societies ('The Origin of Tongues').
John Ward was born in Lambeth but was brought up in Nottingham from the age of 5 years. He attended the Henry Mellish Grammar School until he was 16 then worked as an Enginewright's Apprentice at Gedling Colliery before joining the Royal Navy for the next 12 years. On completion of his service he joined the police serving with the Nottingham City Police and the Nottinghamshire Constabulary. Following retirement he was employed as Business Awards Officer for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, Nottinghamshire, finally retiring again in 1999. John maintains his interest in local history and maritime subjects.
Victoria White is the illustrator of ‘Buzz off, Bee’ and has worked on book covers and associated marketing and photography for various authors in the past, including Gloria Morgan. She writes “it was a pleasure to work once again with Gloria on her latest book which has been well received by readers of all ages”. “To release this via Dayglo books and make this story accessible to all readers using this specially designed font has been both fun and challenging”. Victoria hopes to be working on many more books in the future.
Ztan Zmith is the pen name of Stan Smith of Brinsley in Nottinghamshire which he uses to avoid confusion with dozens of other writers with the same name – including a well name painter and a former world famous tennis player. Ztan writes about fascinating characters who have lived unsuspected and amazing lives and has written around 40 books plus articles, short stories and poems that have featured on the Radio and in a variety of magazines and newspapers.