In the end, we’ll all become stories.”– Margaret Atwood

On this page, you can find authors writing in a wide range of genres. Follow the links to discover more wonderful stories by these writers.

Rod Duncan

Rod Duncan is the author of eleven books. His writing and research are informed by the practice of photography and by his dyslexia, aphantasia and ADHD. He is a lecturer in creative writing at De Montfort University. 

Opening his Gas-Lit Empire series, The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter was shortlisted for the Philip K. Dick Award. ‘Elizabeth Barnabus is a uniquely intriguing character who will take readers on a fascinating journey through the strange landscapes of the Gas Lit Empire.’ (Stephen Booth)

Anthony Joseph

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Anthony Joseph is an award-winning Trinidad-born poet, novelist, academic and musician. He is the author of four poetry collections and three novels.  He has a PhD in Creative & Life Writing and lectures in Creative Writing at De Montfort University, Leicester. 

His most recent publication is the experimental novel The Frequency of Magic (Peepal Tree Press). In the village of Million Hills, Raphael earns his living as a butcher. He is also a would-be author but there have been so many distractions to the novel he’s been writing for forty-one years that many of the characters have lost patience and gone off to live their own lives. 

Anne Goodwin

Anne Goodwin is the author of three novels and a short story collection, published by Inspired Quill. A former clinical psychologist, Anne is also a book blogger battling disreputable fictional therapists. Elsewhere, she guides book-loving walkers through the Derbyshire landscape that inspired Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.

Her debut novel from Inspired Quill, Sugar and Snails, about a woman with a secret past identity, was shortlisted for the 2016 Polari First Book Prize.

Her new novel, Matilda Windsor Is Coming Home (29 May 2021), is about a brother and sister separated by bigotry and decades of deceit. Visit Anne Goodwin’s website or her author page at Inspired Quill to learn more.

Jonathan Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is an indie author and MA graduate in Creative Writing at DMU. In 2019, he edited and published the anthology, An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Leicester, which showcased writing from and about his home city. Then in March 2020, he released his debut novel: ‘Poppy Flowers at the Front’.

‘With her father, in the British secret service, and her brother in the trenches, is it any wonder that Lady Loveday, Poppy to her friends, decided to volunteer at the Western Front?

We follow her adventures as she and lover Élodie confront frightening challenges over the closing weeks of World War 1; the murder of a nurse and saboteurs behind the Front, spies in Paris, a psychotic arsonist at home, culminating in a frantic quest to save the Queen.’

Drew Gummerson

Drew Gummerson is a writer based in Leicestershire. He is a Lambda Award finalist, winner of the Leicestershire Short Story Prize and his work has appeared on BBC Radio 4. His latest novel Seven Nights at the Flamingo Hotel was published in November 2020 by Bearded Badger Publishing co

‘You could’ve been someone, you could’ve been a contender, yet instead you ended up here, a dishwasher at the Flamingo Hotel.’

the fact that the Badger has burst onto the scene with this daringly different, totally mad but utterly brilliant book bodes very, very well indeed.’ (Elspells review)

Nicola Monaghan

Nicola Monaghan has written several novels and novellas, as well as scripts for short films. Her first book, The Killing Jar, won a Betty Trask Award, the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Prize, the Waverton Good Read, and was selected for the New Blood Panel at Harrogate in 2007.

Monaghan studied crime writing at the University of East Anglia, where she wrote Dead Flowers, (shortlisted for the UEA/Little Brown Prize and published by Verve in December 2019). This new crime story sees forensic scientist, Dr Sian Love, solves a cold crime with the help of her police dog, Elvis.

‘Hardened by ten years on the murder squad, DNA analyst Doctor Sian Love has seen it all. So when she finds human remains in the basement of her new home, she knows the drill. Except this time it’s different. This time, it’s personal…’

Laura Besley

Laura Besley writes short (and very short) fiction in the precious moments that her children are asleep. Her fiction has appeared online (Fictive Dream, Spelk, EllipsisZine) as well as in print (Flash: The International Short Story Magazine) and in various anthologies (Adverbally Challenged, Another Hong Kong, Story Cities).

Written with raw honesty, Laura Besley’s debut flash collection, The Almost Mothers, exposes what it really means to be a mother. It was published by Dahlia Books in March 2020.

A first time mum struggles with her newborn baby. An alien examines the lives of Earth Mothers. A baby sleeps through the night at long last.

Katherine Hetzel

Katherine Hetzel is the short author who tells tall tales, published by Dragonfeather Books, an imprint of Bedazzled Ink, US. Bedazzled Ink is dedicated to literary fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books that celebrate the unique and under-represented voices of women, and books about women that appeal to all readers.

Katherine writes middle-grade fantasy adventures with strong female leads, and has published both stand-alone and series titles. Keen to encourage young and novice writers, she is also due to publish Squidge’s Guide to Super Stories later in the year.

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