Featured Friday! Ste Sharp

Ste SharpSte Sharp was born in the hottest summer on record. The sun-god was happy and, by rights, Ste should have been sacrificed on the nearest beach, but he escaped. Twenty years later, with a degree in Ecology under one arm and a guitar under the other, Ste travelled the globe in search of tall tales and the perfect chord progression.

After sailing the seas with 16th century pirates, exploring the Brazilian jungle, living through the centuries as an immortal body-swapping alien and spending time with the ghosts of early Britons, Ste wrote Darwin’s Soldiers – his fifth novel.

With two young sons, Ste has roughly four minutes of spare time each day, during which he paints, writes and plays loud guitar in an indie band. Ste needs more hands. Continue reading

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Guest Post – The Illusions of Dialogue – Jesse Teller

door-rectI came from a family of storytellers, I mean, gifted storytellers. They could pick you up and lift you into a tale like none other I have ever known. I apprenticed under them, and it made me the writer I am. I have been telling stories all my life and writing for most of my life, and at first, the storytelling didn’t translate to the written word.

If I wrote the story as I heard it, it always fell flat. There was no way to transfer the experience of telling a story to writing one. The teller has more tools. Continue reading

Featured Friday! Lenita Sheridan

Lenita Sheridan was born in Seattle, Washington. She moved to Fairbanks, Alaska with her parents when she was three. When she was ten she moved with her parents to the Goldstream Valley, a rural area outside Fairbanks. The family built a house there on six and a half acres of wooded land. Lenita Sheridan loved playing in the woods. They were a source of inspiration and imagination for her. When she was eleven she became a Christian. That was a turning point year for her, for she also decided to become a writer at that age. Continue reading

Featured Friday! Andrew Joyce

andrew-llPD: I’m delighted to introduce our Featured Friday segment with Andrew Joyce, who you may remember as guest posting for Zealot Script in the recent past.

Check out his guest post on Authorial Research.

Andrew Joyce left high school at seventeen to hitchhike throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. He wouldn’t return from his journey until decades later when he decided to become a writer. Joyce has written five books, including a two-volume collection of one hundred and fifty short stories comprised of his hitching adventures called Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups (as yet unpublished), and his latest novel, Yellow Hair. He now lives aboard a boat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with his dog, Danny, where he is busy working on his next book, tentatively entitled, Mick Reilly.

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Featured Friday! Miles Watson

miles-watsonMiles Watson was born in Evanston, Illinois. The son of a prominent Chicago journalist, he took an early interest in writing and published his first short story at 17. He holds undergraduate degrees in Criminal Justice and History and served as a enforcement officer for nearly ten years before moving to Los Angeles, where he achieved a lifelong ambition of working in film and television. A martial artist since his teens, he holds a black belt in White Tiger Taekwondo. In 2012 he graduated from Seton Hill University with an Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction, and was the recipient of that program’s first-ever Endowed Scholarship. He is the author of Cage Life, Knuckle Down and Devils You Know.

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Featured Friday! Frank Dorrian

Frank Dorrian was born in 1987 in Liverpool – his hometown, a post-industrial cityscape, frank-dorrianserved as poignant inspiration for his creative efforts. He would commence writing in earnest during his teenage years, composing stories to sate desires of both expression and introspection.

Today, Frank is a qualified mental health nurse. He works in the field with people suffering severe psychiatric and psychological disorders, and additionally offers private mind coaching sessions for those needing a refreshing take on life’s trials.

When not writing, Frank spends his spare time reading, playing computer games and attending a martial arts gym. He has previously competed as a fighter domestically in the UK and abroad in Thailand. Continue reading