John Fullerton

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During the Cold War John Fullerton was, for a time, a “contract labourer” for the British Secret Intelligence Service, in the role of head agent on the Afghan-Pakistan frontier. This experience forms the basis of his latest novel, provisionally entitled Spy Game, to be published in 2020 by Burning Chair.

All told, he’s lived or worked in 40 countries as a journalist and covered a dozen wars. For 20 years he was employed by Reuters as a correspondent and editor with postings in Hong Kong, Delhi, Beirut, Nicosia, Cairo, and London.

His home is in Scotland.

Patricia Ayling


Patricia Ayling was born in the early 1950s so, in her words, a latecomer; that is, for fiction anyway. Patricia has published four health related textbooks while she was an examiner/verifier for the awarding body Edexcel.

After leaving school and working in libraries, she emigrated to Canada, but returned to study nursing at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington. Following many years as a neurosurgical nurse, she turned to teaching and writing, then running her own training business.

She and husband Len have five children, nine grandchildren and one Labrador. After nine years living part time in Cyprus, they are back in England permanently. Patricia’s first novel ‘The Curse of Becton Manor’ was inspired by her grandmother’s haunted house in Wiltshire and her interest in the Elizabethan era, particularly the religious strife and persecution for Catholics and ‘witches’.

She is currently penning book 2, part of a trilogy.

You can find Patricia on Facebook, Twitter (@patayl) or Instagram (pat.ayling.73)

Andrew Neil MacLeod

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Andrew Neil MacLeod is a Scottish writer and musician with a deep and abiding love for British history and Celtic myth and culture. In the noughties, Andrew’s band was signed to Warner Brothers, giving Keith Richards a run for his money while he toured the length and breadth of Britain with bands such as The Libertines.

Andrew has since taken up the pen as a means of artistic expression. For the last seven years he lived and worked in places as diverse as Malta, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and best of all, Le Marais, Paris, while he worked on his first two novels. Andrew has recently bought a holiday home on a remote Scottish island, which he will be renovating with his adored wife Amber and little Shi Tzu Alex. He looks forward to long walks on the beach, fish and chips by the pier, and cozy nights in before the log fire with a wee dram, while he works on his third novel. He also makes a great Cullen Skink.

Andrew’s next novel, ‘The Casebook of Johnson and Boswell Vol. I: The Fall of the House of Thomas Weir’ will be published by Burning Chair in late 2020.

You can follow him on Facebook here.

Trish Finnegan

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Trish has spent her whole life living on the Wirral, a small peninsula that sticks out into the Irish Sea between North Wales and Liverpool. She has always had an overactive imagination and enjoyed writing and reading, sometimes to the detriment of her schoolwork.

She first met her husband, Paul, in the charge office of a police station: where they both were serving as police officers. She has three grown up children and currently spends her time wrangling grandchildren and writing.

Trish’s debut novel, Blue Bird, is out now.

Gene Kendall

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Gene Kendall has lived many places, but is usually surrounded by more deer than people. His work explores drama, music, and pop culture with wit and no small amount of sympathy for the losers and also-rans. He’s drawn to protagonists that say the wrong thing, actively resist their character arc, and possibly save the day by accident.

Currently, Gene’s contributing to CBR.com’s “Comics Should Be Good” blog, and you can find him on some horrific website called Twitter.

Gene’s paranormal desperado novel, Love Is Dead(ly), is out now in all good bookstores.

Richard Ayre

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Richard was born in Northumberland, too many years ago now to remember. He has had a variety of jobs including roofer, milkman and factory worker. Tiring of this, Richard studied for a degree with the Open University and now teaches History for a living.

At an impressionable age he fell in love with new wave Heavy Metal and rock music and at about the same time read his first James Herbert novel. The combination of these two magnificent things led him to write his first novel, Minstrel’s Bargain, a tale of music and horror. He now lives in Newcastle upon Tyne where he continues to write whenever he can. When not writing, or putting children on detention, he can be found pottering around the Northumberland landscape on his motorcycle, Tanya.

Burning Chair are proud to have published Richard’s Not The Booker Prize longlisted novel, A Life Eternal – click here to learn more.

You can contact Richard via FB, Twitter, or through his website: https://richardayre1.wixsite.com/richard-ayre-author

N. R. Baker

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Niki Baker is an explorer. She doesn’t have Sherpas or a frozen moustache, she’s just got incurable wanderlust. Whether it’s the mountains of Albania, the islands of Indonesia or the jungles of Guatemala, she has always been happiest when she’s far off the beaten track.

Niki also loves exploring the power of words and spent much of her childhood up a tree in Somerset with her head in a book, either lost in the worlds created by authors like C.S. Lewis, or writing truly awful tales of her own.

Since then she has earned recognition for her travel writing, poetry, lyrics, flash fiction and short stories. She now lives in rural France with her soulmate, who is also a writer. Niki’s first full-length novel, 10:59, is out now.

You can follow her on Twitter @NRBakerWriter, FB @NRBakerWriter, or visit her website at www.nrbakerwriter.com.

Richard Wall

Richard Wall

Born in England in 1962, Richard grew up in a small market town in rural Herefordshire before joining the Royal Navy. After 22 years in the submarine service and having travelled extensively, Richard now lives and writes in rural Worcestershire.

In addition to a novel, bizarre poetry and several short stories, Richard has also written songs, sleeve notes and album reviews for indie musicians. In 2018, a chance conversation with Hull musician, Andrew McLatchie (aka Half Deaf Clatch) resulted in the Beelzebub Jones trilogy of supernatural spaghetti-western concept albums, each featuring a short story written by Richard.

Richard’s stories reflect his life-long fascination with the dark underbelly of American culture; be it tales of the Wild West, or the simmering menace of the Deep South, or the poetry of Charles Bukowski, the writing of Langston Hughes or Andrew Vachss, or the music of Charley Patton, Son House, Johnny Cash, or Tom Waits.

A self-confessed Delta Blues music anorak, Richard embarked on a road trip from Memphis to New Orleans, during which a bizarre encounter in Clarksdale, Mississippi inspired him to write his début novel, Fat Man Blues.

Richard’s second novel, the chillingly compelling Near Death, is published by Burning Chair.

Please visit www.richardwall.org to find out more…

Fi Phillips

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For many years Fi Phillips worked in an office environment until the arrival of her two children robbed her of her short term memory and sent her hurtling down a new, bumpy, creative path. She finds that getting the words down on paper is the best way to keep the creative muse out of her shower.

Fi lives in the wilds of North Wales with her family, earning a living as a copywriter, playwright and fantasy novelist. Writing about magical possibilities is her passion.

Fi’s first novel, Haven Wakes, is out now.

To find out more about Fi, please go to:

Neil Lancaster

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Neil Lancaster was born in Liverpool in the 1960s. He recently left the Metropolitan Police where he served for over twenty-five years, predominantly as a detective, leading and conducting investigations into some of the most serious criminals across the UK and beyond.

Neil acted as a surveillance and covert policing specialist, using all types of techniques to arrest and prosecute drug dealers, human traffickers, fraudsters, and murderers. During his career, he successfully prosecuted several wealthy and corrupt members of the legal profession who were involved in organised immigration crime. These prosecutions led to jail sentences, multi-million pound asset confiscations and disbarments.

Since retiring from the Metropolitan Police, Neil has relocated to the Scottish Highlands with his wife and son, where he mixes freelance investigations with writing.

Going Dark, Neil’s first novel, introduced the world to Tom Novak, a character described by none other than Tony Parsons as making “Jason Bourne look like a vegan Pilates killer. The follow-up novels, Going Rogue and Going Back, are also out now.

Georgia Springate

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Georgia Springate is an exciting new writer in the final year of her English Literature degree at The Open University – she’s looking forward to wearing a big gown and one of those funny hats come June. She lives in a crazy house in Bedfordshire, crammed full of eight members of her family, three dogs, a lizard and a tortoise!

When she’s not hunched over a laptop writing, Georgia can be found with her nose in a book reading everything from Cecilia Ahern to Voltaire, with a particular fondness for JK Rowling – because, let’s be honest, where would any of us be without JK Rowling?

As well as studying, working, reading and generally cramming her schedule with way too many boring things to list here, Georgia’s debut novel, Beyond, is proudly published by Burning Chair.

Fiona Campbell

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Fiona Campbell is a writer, who is studying for an MA in Creative Writing. She is taking a sabbatical from teaching music to care for her three children. Fiona also enjoys writing poetry and is currently working on her first novel.

Marcus Cook

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Marcus Cook lives in Cleveland, Ohio with the love of his life, his wife Kathy and their cat, Freckles. He loves to read sci-fi and thrillers and loves to write whatever hits his imagination.

He started out as a playwright with two produced plays and a published award-winning play. He tries to write every day and hopes fans will continue to enjoy his work.

You can follow Marcus on his Facebook page (READMARCUSCOOK) and can email him at readmarcuscook@gmail.com.

Carla Day

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Carla Day is a writer, avid reader and mountain enthusiast. Carla writes across many genres and has recently released a women’s tragicomic memoir. She can be found most days, sitting on a weather-beaten log at the beach, scribbling a novel or on a mountain top contemplating life.

She resides in South Wales with her partner, son and Jack Russell. Carla is a passionate hiker and keen animal rights advocate.

Author pages… Facebook – CarlaDay02; Instagram – CarlaDay61

Peter Ellis

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Peter Ellis has spent most of his life growing up in the small town of Chippenham in the South West of England. English Literature has been one of his favorite subjects from an early age and writing is his passion. In 2015, Peter started writing articles online and amassed thousands of reads and received great feedback. In 2018, he embarked on the challenge of writing his first novel after having planned it for nearly eight years and doing nothing with it. He says it’s the scariest and most exciting thing he’s ever done and is planning to release it in 2019.

Author Links: Facebook Page: @PEllisOfficial   Twitter: @PM_Ellis1   Instagram: pm_ellis   Vocal Page: vocal.media/authors/peter-ellis   Personal Blog: peterwritesthings.wordpress.com

Tom Goymour

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Tom Goymour was born and raised in Cambridgeshire, UK. and has lived in Peterborough for over forty years. He writes mainly in the mystery and suspense genre about what he sees, thinks, and instinctively feels.

Being part of a large family has given him many powerful experiences from which to draw inspiration. He is an exponent of art and design and a composer of piano music, but tries hard not to inflict any of this on others!   Empowered by his many, and sometimes strange experiences, he has found writing to be his voice-piece. He is a meticulous studier of life, and his stories nearly always contain a twist or a strong moral message that hits home hard… designed to make the reader think.

He is the author of the Ghost mystery series The Spirit of Peterborough and the dark short story series Second Chance. Those books await you over at: ww.tomgoymour.com where you can start building your library for free.

Lori Lacefield

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Lori Lacefield is a writer of suspense and thriller novels. Her first two suspense thrillers in the Women of Redemption series, The Advocate and The Fifth Juror, were released in May 2018.

To read more about Lori’s novels, check out her latest giveaways and DOWNLOAD A FREE NOVELLA, The Rumor, go to www.lorilacefield.com.

Dana Lyons

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Dana Lyons was voted one of 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading in 2015 and 2016. She is multi-published with full length novels and novellas in eBook and print in paranormal romance and adventure, shape shifter crime mystery, and suspense thriller.

Her author website is: https://www.paranormalromancebookauthor.com/books/   twitter.com/Danalyons111   facebook.com/author.paranormal.romance

Pat Moore

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Trained in Theatre Arts at Bretton Hall College, Pat has three decades of teaching experience. She has written and directed musical plays and sketches supporting sermons, and has served on the Worship Team for thirty years. Co-writer of Salvation belongs to our God (see many YouTube videos).

Visit praisepen.uk for blogs and resources. Budding songwriters, visit praisepen-academy.thinkific.com for a free Writing from Scratch course.

Michael Peirce

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Mike Peirce has been a musician and songwriter as well as a soldier in an African War, and private security agent. His “Red Dirt Zombies” trilogy started life as a musical and draws on his experiences in those other areas. The “Red Dirt Zombies” trilogy is available on Amazon in paperback or Kindle.

The TV show “The Walking Dead” shows the consequences of losing the war against the Zs. Peirce’s books focus on the consequences of winning and losing the war against the Zs, addressing veteran’s issues such as PTSD, alienation and the impact of war on romantic relationships.   “The General’s Daughter” has recently been released and while set in the Red Dirt Zombies world it is crafted as a stand-alone novel.   Later in the year a non-fiction book called “African Days and Hollywood Nights” is in the works as well as several short stories.

Peirce has stories in a number of anthologies with proceeds going to veteran’s organizations, primarily PTSD support.   Contact Mike and he will send you a copy of a new prequel to the Red Dirt Zombies series which includes the origin story of the infamous GPU Agent codenamed “Susie Creamcheese.”   Mike hangs around here and there: www.MikePeirceAuthor.com

Peter Oxley

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Having been writing for as long as he can remember, Pete is the published author of: the four book Infernal Aether series (The Infernal Aether, A Christmas Aether, The Demon Inside and Beyond the Aether), the prequel series The Old Lady of the Skies, and a number of other serials and short stories. He has also written and published the non-fiction book: The Wedding Speech Manual.

An avid reader with eclectic tastes and an overflowing set of bookcases, Pete loves anything with compelling characters, gripping storylines and endings that stick with you long after you’ve finished.

Passionate about helping people achieve their potential, Pete co-founded Burning Chair to get great stories out to the world – and have fun doing it.