Dr Leigh Straw is Lecturer in History at Edith Cowan University. She is a specialist in modern American and Australian history and modern Crime History. Raised in Scotland and Australia, Leigh has researched the lives of John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy for over twenty years and recently published a non-fiction history of RFK’s last four years before his assassination in 1968. Along with her interest in modern American politics, Leigh is the author of Drunks, Pests and Harlots: Criminal Women in Perth and Fremantle, 1900-1939. She is currently researching the life of notorious underworld figure, Kate Leigh. ‘Legacy’ is her first fiction.
Marina Camp’s passion in Tudor History began while in school growing up in Los Angeles. She was interested in writing at an early age and discovered the rich world of English history at her time in school. She has been involved in numerous faires and activities in Tudor History. Most recently she started a popular group online for Tudor History. Her debut novel, The Falcon and the Pomegranate, explores the relationship between Henry VIII’s first two Queens, Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn.
Lauren Davies graduated from Sheffield University with a BA(hons) in Film and English Literature.
She has a passion for literature and history, and is also engaged in researching potential historical locations that claim to have experienced paranormal activity. Lauren also delves into the history of these locations in Pembrokeshire, Doncaster and Sheffield, with various paranormal teams. Lauren is also an editor and contributor to university literary magazine Esheaf. Her debut novel with Spartan Publishing, titled Vanities of the World, is about the life of Katherine Howard, fifth wife to King Henry VIII of England.
Carol Frencham has always been drawn to her family history. As her maiden name was Sheehan, her late husband Dale Frencham used to jokingly call her his “Little Irish peasant” and he was The English gentry. Carol set out to discover the heritage of both families, and has incorporated their stories into her work, which tells the story of a family’s love and devotion to each other throughout the hardships, danger and betrayal they endured. Carol’s belief is that: “Without knowing your ancestors, you are not complete”.
Dicho Ilunga Disashi
Dicho Ilunga Disashi is a researcher and author. Originally from the Congo, he is a survivor of the ethnic cleansing in Katanga. He took refuge in South Africa where he continued his studies, and was taught and encouraged to write especially about what he has witnessed and lived through by the late author, Rowan ‘Bill’ Williams.
Other works include “Ten Thousand Franc for a Bullet”, a semi-autobiographical book about conflict in Africa and “The Bewitched Diary”, the modern and traditional interpretation of witchcraft.
With his studies, writing was just a passionate hobby until he met Doctor Rowan Bill Williams. Bill volunteered, at the age of 84, to edit two of Disho’s short stories that he turned into novels because of their success, and were published in magazines. Dicho has co-written Dancing With Cannibals, a book six years in the making, with author Monette Bebow – Reinhard.
Rachel’s research interests focus on monarchial systems, ranging from the Renaissance to WWI and she has incorporated this interest into her alternative historical fiction.
Rachel studied writing at the Charleston County School of the Arts in Charleston, South Carolina. During her years of study, she won several awards in fiction, short fiction, and poetry. She is currently attending Columbia College and majoring history, with a focus on European Monarchies.
Dr Sarah A. Morris
Dr. Sarah A. Morris came to be a historical novelist after already carving out two successful careers; first as a physician then later, in business, as a leadership coach. She now enjoys managing a diverse portfolio of interests, which encompasses her passion for learning and growth through her leadership development work with senior executives, as well as her love of creative endeavour and Tudor history through writing and historical re-enactment.
Sarah has been writing all her adult life; everything as diverse as leadership development articles and books, through to poetry. However, ‘Le Temps Viendra: a novel of Anne Boleyn’ is Sarah’s first work of historical fiction. Her aim is to ‘Make.History.Real’ and so she places a strong emphasis on historical accuracy wherever possible. Her next project takes this a step further. Sarah will be co-authoring a non-fiction book called ‘In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn’ with Natalie Grueninger; this book will be a guide to all the places and artefacts associated with Anne Boleyn’s dramatic life, and is due to be published in late 2013/ early 2014.
Over 6000 fans on Facebook have been following the novel’s development over the last two years and its release is now eagerly awaited world-wide.