Monday, June 16, 2014

Authors of Romantic Heroes

Before we get back to medieval weapons, I wanted to talk about the other authors in the Romantic Heroes anthology of short stories. I was lucky enough to get my story “The Knight’s Last Stand” to be part of this anthology.

If you have been reading my blog, you probably know something about me, so I wanted to take the time to write about the other author’s in Romantic Heroes.

About Bonnie Glee

Bonnie Glee’s sixth grade teacher, Mr. Orville Nelson, observed her constantly writing during recess. When the school year came to a close, he mailed her a handwritten note encouraging her to follow her passion for words. Her maternal grandmother, a newspaper columnist, and her mother, a published poet, greatly influenced her. As a single working mom of five children, her publishing career began with poetry when four Utah State University professors, one by one, took her under their wings and mentored her. She held leadership positions with the League of Utah Writers, Utah Poetry Society and the National Poetry Society.

Family stories often leave a compelling image in Bonnie Glee’s mind; an image that drives her to expand such one liners as . . . ‘Your Aunt’s husband was killed by his business partner’. Bingo, Satin Murder was written. She writes about people, diverse people, and how they conquer everyday life.

Twitter: @bjthomas8

About Debra Suzanne Ingram

When Debbie was a little girl, she always wanted to be either a mermaid or a fairy when she grew up. When harsh reality struck and she realised she could neither breathe under water nor fly, she was a little bit crushed. She amended her plans somewhat and decided instead not to grow up. This was a cunning plan that worked, as she is still somewhat hobbit-sized in stature. She decided she would create her own magical world to live in, and this she did through writing stories. It was a comfortable, happy place for her.

Sometimes reality would intervene alas, and she dabbled in earning a living for thirty odd years or so. Debbie also managed to marry and produce two sons. She is still a bit baffled as to how that happened, but the boys grew up around her while she loved them; and she managed to scribble away whenever she could.

She spends her days now at home in East London either happily writing or, if she is particularly energetic, wrestling various items from the jaws of her two kleptomaniac dogs.


About Wendy Janes

Wendy Janes’ first foray into self-publishing was with a co-written erotic romance in 2012. The two women had a wonderful time creating a cast of diverse characters and developing an enticing plot. Alas, the book was not the best-seller they envisaged when they were scribbling away at the dining room table, but happily, Wendy and her co-author are still great friends. The whole writing, publishing, and marketing experience introduced her to the excitement and camaraderie of the burgeoning indie world, and that’s where she spends most of her time these days.

Wendy has recently expanded her professional proofreading business to offer her services to indie authors, and she’s been busy writing, too. Her short story, “Verity,” features in A Kind of Mad Courage, an eclectic selection of tales about motherhood, published May 2014. All proceeds benefit The Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation.

She lives in London with her husband and youngest son, and hopes to self-publish her first solo novel in 2015. A work of contemporary fiction, with the working title The Right Thing To Do, it was inspired by a real-life dilemma that was crying out to be explored in the pages of a book.



Twitter: @wendyproof

About Debbie Warden

Debbie Warden works as a primary care counsellor for the National Health Service, and works within an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service that serves the London Borough of Greenwich.

This story is Debbie’s first publication. She began writing for pleasure after attending a creative writing course at Bexley Adult Education College in 2010 and realised how special it can be to find a voice through writing. She has three grown up children and lives with her family in Erith, Kent.

Debbie travelled to Machu Picchu in September 2013 and followed in the footsteps of the Incas by trekking the Inca trail for four days and sleeping under the stars. This trip was both a physical voyage of discovery and a personal emotional journey. She was so inspired by the beauty of Machu Picchu deep in the Peruvian Andes that she felt driven to put pen to paper on her return and share something of this great romantic hero.

Debbie is currently working on turning her short story into a full length novel.

About Jim Webster

Jim Webster was born in Barrow in Furness on the 24th March 1956, the same day that Devon Loch fell at the Grand National and Dick Francis turned his attention to writing. With a teacher for a mother and a farmer for a father, Jim was thus able to read before going to school, could drive a tractor by the age of eight and was feeding calves somewhat earlier than that. Jim’s been farming since 1975 and milked twice a day, at least 290 days a year for the next thirty years. Since then, he’s farmed, written freelance and acted as a consultant, sometimes managing to do all three in the same day. Jim is happily married since 1985; his wife Brenda and he have three daughters scattered about Northern England.

He has held sundry community positions, including chairing the local Police Liaison Committee, chair of the county branch of the Country Land and Business Association, and has written more articles on wargaming and military history than he can count and is a Church Warden. He is immoderately proud of the fact that he has no CV, having been self-employed his entire life.



Twitter: @JimWebster6

About Carol Wright

Carol Wright lives in East Anglia with her husband and 3 children.

Carol is known in the book blogging and reviewing world as Dizzy C and can usually be found reviewing and promoting authors, rather than writing, at her busy blog Dizzy C’s Little Book Blog. An avid reader for many years, reading, blogging and crafting are her hobbies. Favourite genres are Women’s Fiction, Contemporary/Popular Fiction, Historical Romance/Fiction, Rom-com’s and Chick-lit.


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I hope you have enjoyed reading about my fellow authors of Romantic Heroes. If you interested in the anthology, please go to Safkhet Publishing or Amazon.

On the next blog, we will get back to swords used during the middle ages.


  1. Thanks for sharing a bit of information about the other authors featured in the short story anthology. I love the short story form, and make a point to read the Best American anthology every year to stay up with what's getting published in the journals.

  2. That's a really gracious thing that you've done...sharing the other author's information with us. I always find that fascinating and often it's enough to make me buy:)

  3. Thank you for the compliment, but many authors helped me when I first began writing (and still are helping me). My upcoming book is a collection of advice and help given to me by others.

  4. Well this was certainly not what I was expecting William. I look forward to your post on the medi-evil but this was a nice surprise and am sure all those mentioned are pleased that you took the time to do this. Very interesting and some good insights into their lives.

  5. Thank you for the complement. I will say their portrayal I got from the publisher. He was more aware of these people and was able to give better insight about them, better than I would have.

  6. What a great way to share other writers with us. I love the idea of showcasing other people's work, even as you are laboring to produce your own.

  7. An interesting look at the work of your co-writers, which I'm sure they appreciate. You also seem a man of many talents. Business analyst, wrestler and now a writer.

  8. Thank you, Business analyst is a job, and wrestling was a passion. Writing seems to be both.