Edinburgh-born writer, Marianne Wheelaghan, has travelled extensively. She now lives back in Edinburgh with her family. When she is not writing, she is managing her online writing school.

It may be a surprise to read that Marianne doesn't spend her every waking hour hammering away at the keyboard. Of course, she would like nothing better. But for many writers, writing – like crime – doesn't pay, or at least it doesn't pay very much. But unlike crime, you can't get arrested for writing, which is lucky as there is nothing else Marianne would rather do, and does whenever she has a moment or two or three or four.

Marianne blog can be found at www.mariannewheelaghan.co.uk


My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine -- everybody drinks water.

~ Mark Twain

Bill Dare

Bill Dare has produced and created award-winning comedy programmes for radio and television. Credits include The Mary Whitehouse Experience (creator), Spitting Image (produced 8 series), Dead Ringers (creator), The Late Edition with Marcus Brigstocke (producer/creator), The Now Show (creator), I’ve Never Seen Star Wars (creator/producer), The Secret World (creator/writer) and Brian Gulliver’s Travels (writer).He wrote and appeared in his own Radio 4 sketch show, Life Death and Sex with Mike and Sue which ran for five series. He has also worked as a BBC executive, where he was put in charge of rejecting scripts. He wrote and appeared in his own Radio 4 sketch show, Life Death and Sex with Mike and Sue which ran for five series. He has also worked as a BBC executive, where he was put in charge of rejecting scripts.

His first novel, Natural Selection, is published in the UK and USA, and his first stage play, Touch, was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2007 and his second, Misconception, in 2011. He’s currently writing series four of The Secret World, and a project with ventriloquist Nina Conti.





William Clinkenbeard was born and grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. He has degrees from the University of Nebraska, McCormick Theological Seminary and Yale Divinity School. His first job was installing Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles during the Cold War. He served as the pastor of Wood River Presbyterian Church in Nebraska and then as the minister of Carrick Knowe Parish Church in Edinburgh. He retired in 2000 after twenty-nine years at Carrick Knowe and spends a lot of his time writing mostly fiction, either in Edinburgh or Arizona.

Ian Gilmour was brought up in Millerston, near Glasgow. He was educated at Clifton High School, Glasgow College of Commerce and Glasgow College of Technology, before graduating with a B.D. from Trinity College, Glasgow. His first parish was Drylaw Parish Church in Edinburgh, and from there he went to serve as minister at South Leith Parish Church. He was a key figure in the Church without Walls Project and became the minister of the newly united St Andrew’s and St George’s West in Edinburgh in 2010. He is at present the Moderator of Edinburgh Presbytery.

Andrew McLellan was educated at Kilmarnock Academy, Madras College (St Andrews), the University of St Andrews, the University of Glasgow, and Union Theological Seminary. He served as assistant minister at St George’s West, the minister of Cartsburn Augustine Church, Greenock, and of Viewfield Parish Church, Stirling. From 1986 until 2002 he was the minister of St Andrew’s and St George’s Church. He served as the Convener of the Church and Nation Committee from 1992-1996 and as Moderator of the General Assembly in 2000. He also served as Chief Inspector of HM Prisons in Scotland.



Louisa J Dang

Louisa Dang started writing short stories when she was 10 years old, soon after she and her mother moved to North Carolina from Scotland. The stories helped her make sense of her new home, a place filled with mosquitoes, humidity, and giant subway sandwiches! As an adult, Louisa continued to write – first as a daily reporter and later as a freelance magazine writer for publications like Our State and the North Carolina Literary Review. Louisa earned her M.F.A. in creative writing at North Carolina State University, and her short stories have appeared in Alamance Magazine, Bishop House Review, and the anthology Only Connect. She also published a mini collection of her short stories, Rocky Road, available at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/92580

She currently tutors magazine writing and creative writing classes for www.writingclasses.co.uk, and she blogs at http://southernwritersnetwork.blogspot.com/

Craig Smith

Craig Smith lives in Musselburgh with his wife, two children, a cat, and Scotland’s oldest goldfish.

He’s been many things in his time, but by far the most challenging was washing dishes in a Mexican restaurant (all that baked-on cheese is a nightmare to clean). Nowadays, when not making a living designing web sites, he occasionally dusts off his bass guitar and joins one of his old bands on the nostalgia circuit. This led to him waking up hungover and naked with his bandmates in a Tokyo bathhouse at 7am, so it’s not all pipes and slippers (although it was very hard getting out of that bath). He’s the proud recipient of two NME singles of the week and four Ks in Kerrang, which he’s tempted to get tattooed on his arm but is scared he’d chicken out after three.

The Mile is his debut novel, and was written feverishly, fuelled by the pressing nature of the independence debate. His next book will be longer.

Catherine Gault

Catherine G.Gault has lived in Edinburgh since the 70’s having moved here to work for the local authority. She grew up by the river Clyde and only feels at home if there’s a river in view with a few hills in the distance so Edinburgh was a perfect fit.

Retirement brought with it both the leisure and the challenge to finally write that first novel with Edinburgh the perfect backdrop. Indeed it was a love of the city with its twists and turns and nooks and crannies that partly inspired it. Now working on her second novel she continues to find that walking the city provides the inspiration and sustenance she requires whether exploring the wilder reaches of Holyrood Park or the bleak wynds and alleys of the Old Town.

Ruth Hunt

Ruth Hunt is a writer and artist from the north of England. The Single Feather is her first novel, published by Pilrig Press.


My name is Katrina Hart but I was always called Katie. I live in the East of England with my family and Holly, Smokey my two cats as well as Jessie our dog, they are a nutty bunch but I love them all the same. I have always had a passion for reading. I could easily spend a whole lifetime engrossed in a good book. In my twenties I joined an online writing class, where I fell in love with writing my own stories. Since I started writing I have discovered a new love for quotes, a quote that really inspired was from Toni Morrison. Toni said  “If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” I came across this quote whilst I was studying, this is one of the many things that inspired me to begin my first novel. I always welcome anyone to visit my blog at http://katrinamarie25.wordpress.com.


Kendra Olson lives in London, England with her husband and two cats. She is originally from California. This is her first novel.