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Vanessa Onwuemezi, writer
Season 2, Ep. 35
Vanessa Onwuemeziis a writer and poet based in London. She completed an MA in creative writing at the University of Birkbeck in 2018 while her story, Heart of Things, won the White Review Short Story Prize. Her work has also appeared in Prototype Magazine, Freeze and The Literary Consultancy.Her debut collection of short stories, Dark Neighbourhood, is published in October 2021 by Fitzcarraldo Editions.
Charles E. McGarry, writer
Season 2, Ep. 34
Charles E. McGarry is a crime writer based in Glasgow. He works as an audio editor, a newspaper sub-editor and a crime fiction writer. His first novel, The Road To Lisbon, was not a crime book, but is an excellent piece of football fiction which he co-wrote with Martin Greig. HIs first crime novel, The Killing of Helen Addison, was published in 2017 and is the first in a series of supernatural detective fiction featuring psychic detective, Leo Moran. That's been followed by The Shadow of the Black Earl (2018) and The Mystery of the Strange Piper, which is published in September 2021 by BackPage Press.
Siobhan O'Neill, history teacher
Season 2, Ep. 33
Siobhan O'Neill is a history teacher based in Basingstoke, Hampshire. Since graduating from Bangor University in North Wales, where she studied history and film studies, Siobhan has worked in education as a secondary school history teacher and head of history.She created a network for history educators in Basingstoke to be able to share good practice and to learn from different stages of education, while she also runs her own history revision channel on YouTube and Instagram called One History Help.
Neil Broadfoot, writer
Season 2, Ep. 32
Neil Broadfoot is a writer who has written six books to date - three in his Doug McGregor series and three in his Conor Fraser series - with a seventh novel set for publication later this year.Neil's debut, Falling Fast, came out in 2014 and introduced the world to Edinburgh investigative journalist, Doug McGregor. It was shortlisted for both the Dundee International Prize and the prestigious Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year award. He followed that up with The Storm and All The Devils. His first Conor Fraser novel, No Man's Land, came out in 2018 and he followed that up with No Place To Die and, most recently, The Point of No Return.Before writing fiction, Neil worked as a journalist for 15 years at both local and national newspapers, before moving into communications.
Fiona Erskine, writer & professional engineer
Season 2, Ep. 31
Fiona Erskine is a professional engineer with 40 years of international manufacturing experience. Now based in Teeside, England, she grew up in Edinburgh, studied chemical engineering at Cambridge University and has since travelled the world, working in fertiliser factories, oil terminals and international construction projects.Fiona's first job was in the factory described in her novel, Phosphate Rocks: A Death in 10 Objects, which has recently been published by Sandstone Press to great acclaim.Her first novel, The Chemical Detective, came out in 2019 and was shortlisted for the Specsavers Debut Crime Novel Award, while the second book in the series, The Chemical Reaction, came out in 2020. And there are at least to further books to come in the series, featuring main character, Jaq Silver - The Chemical Cocktail, which is due out in 2022, and a fourth novel in 2023.
Lucy Nichol, writer
Season 2, Ep. 30
Lucy is a writer and PR consultant whose work has appeared in The Independent, The I Paper, NME, Red Magazine, Den of Geek, Huff Post and many more. She is also a former columnist with Sarah Millican’s Standard Issue magazine and often interviews guests for the Standard Issue podcast. She has also published two books - A Series of Unfortunate Stereotypes: naming and shaming mental health stigmas, and a novel, The Twenty-Seven Club.Lucy is passionate about challenging mental health and particularly addiction stigma, has worked with the media in PR and marketing for over 18 years and has experienced anxiety for even longer.
AJ Pearce, writer
Season 2, Ep. 29
AJ Pearce grew up in Hampshire and worked in magazine publishing and marketing before getting into writing. After gaining a degree in American studies at the University of Sussex, she embarked on a two-decade career in magazine marketing, working on everything from What’s New in Engineering to Smash Hits.And it is the world of magazine publishing that provided the backdrop for her highly-acclaimed debut novel, Dear Mrs Bird, which was published back in 2018 and became a Sunday Times bestseller and a Richard & Judy Book Club pick.The novel is set in London in 1941 and features Emmeline Lake, an aspiring journalist who begins working on the Woman’s Friend magazine, assisting the formidable Mrs Bird, the magazine’s resident agony aunt.And Emmeline’s adventures continue in Yours Cheerfully – AJ’s new novel which has just been published.
Caro Ramsay, writer
Season 2, Ep. 28
Caro Ramsay is a Scottish crime writer who has published 14 novels to great acclaim. The first of those, Absolution, came out in 2007 and was shortlisted for the British Crime Writers' Association New Blood Dagger Award for first books by unpublished writers. It was also the first in a series set in Glasgow and featuring DI Colin Anderson and DS Freddie Costello. To date, there have been 12 novels in the series, the most recent - On An Outgoing Tide - published earlier this year. Caro has also published two stand-alone novels, Mosaic and The Cursed Girls, which has just come out in paperback.A graduate of the British School of Osteopathy, Caro also runs a large osteopath centre, treating animals and humans.
Marion Todd, writer
Season 2, Ep. 27
Marion Todd is a crime writer whose debut novel, See Them Run (published in 2019), was shortlisted for the Bloody Scotland Scottish Crime Debut of the Year in 2020. Since then, she has published a further three books, with two more to come in the next 12 months.Marion has had a variety of jobs over the years, mostly in education as a lecturer in Further Education - rich pickings for a writer! She has also worked as a plantswoman, candlemaker and pianist in a hotel lounge.