Our Authors

Here are the authors we are proud to publish.

Jo Bavington-Jones

Jo Bavington-Jones

Jo Bavington-Jones was born in 1967 in Dover where her father owned the local newspaper. Jo has an honours degree in English and American Literature from the University of Kent at Canterbury. She has always wanted to be a writer.

Fay Henson

Fay Henson

Fay Henson was born on Saint Valentine’s Day, and a few years ago Fay and husband Derek made the ‘now or never’ decision to relocate with their three children from the south west of England to Tuscany, Italy. Once an avid squash player, Fay now resorts to keeping fit by walking their six-year-old fox terrier Bobby, sometimes for many kilometres when she likes to mull over a story plot. Having written travel articles for an online website and a monthly insert for an Italian magazine, after many years of harbouring a passion for novel writing, Fay has penned her first book, Tuscany - a novel, inspired by where she lives and the tourists she observes.

Kam Verdee

Kam Verdee

Kam Verdee was born in 1983 and currently works and lives in Birmingham with her family. Kam has always had a passion to write, and after establishing a successful career in banking, Kam began to write her debut novel, Heera Watson and the Rise of the Dark King, which she worked on for three years. Besides writing, Kam’s life revolves around her family, listening to music, and enjoying British and American fantasy TV dramas.

Lucie Maxwell

Lucie Maxwell

Lucie Maxwell is twenty-one years old and grew up in London and Sydney. She fell in love with books at a young age and has been writing ever since. The places she’s lived in and travelled to are a great inspiration to her. She has a passion for diversity in literature and is fascinated by different cultures. Lucie is currently living in Reading and is working on her next book.

Jean Helen Ramm

Jean Helen Ramm

Jean Helen Ramm was born and grew up on a farm in Lincolnshire. In her restless youth she emigrated to Australia, where she completed a four-year degree in arts and social science at Sydney University, eventually working in prisons as a parole officer.
Over the years she has had many articles and stories published in magazines, followed by her book of short stories, Passing The Baton, which was published in 2012.

James Walker

James Walker

James Walker is a retired lawyer and former Deputy Lord Mayor of Canterbury and for more than ten years was chairman of a Canterbury-based homeless charity. He is married with two sons. A descendant of German and Italian immigrants, James has long believed that the dynamic of inter-racial relationships can be extremely fertile ground for story-telling.

Paul Bress

Paul Bress

Before becoming a novelist, Paul worked in teacher education at a number of British universities. He published more than two hundred articles in journals, and he travelled extensively in Europe, North America, and Asia, working as an education consultant.
In addition to writing novels in his home in Herne Bay, Kent, Paul also paints striking expressionist canvases, which he’s exhibited in numerous galleries and which are available on artfinder.com. He’s also published several poems in The Daily Express.

Jovanka Houska

Jovanka Houska

Jovanka Houska is the current British Women’s Chess Champion, an international chess master and one of the world’s leading women chess-players. She has won many international tournaments and is a prolific author of books about chess. She also loves travelling to remote islands, yoga and gardening. Jovanka is frequently on radio and television, talking about chess. On November 30 2016 she appeared on the BBC Radio Today programme in the morning, and on the BBC2 TV programme Newsnight in the evening, talking about the World Chess Championship.

James Essinger

James Essinger

James Essinger is a prolific writer of fiction and non-fiction. He is the also the principal and founder of The Conrad Press and of Canterbury Literary Agency.
James’s biography of Ada Lovelace, Ada’s Algorithm, has been published in the UK and the US and in a Spanish edition. A Finnish-language edition is pending, and the book is to be filmed. His biography of Charles Babbage, Machines of the Mind, is to be published in the UK and the US in 2017.

Paul Crampton

Paul Crampton

Paul Crampton was born in Canterbury in 1957, and has lived and worked in the city for most of his life. His love for the city and its wide and varied history has led to the publication of over fifteen books on the subject to date. He has also written histories of Whitstable and Folkestone. Paul started writing fiction in 2002, and has had several novels published. The Dream Messiah is the first of these to reach a wide audience.

Stuart Hutchinson

Stuart Hutchinson

Like Steve Wilson, the hero of this novel, Stuart Hutchinson might have been a professional footballer. Instead he went to university and taught in universities. He‘s written about novelists from George Eliot to Don DeLillo. In A Loaded Gun he offers a novel about Britain’s transformational decade - the 1980s.

Kevin Hartley

Kevin Hartley

Once a long-time resident in Lisbon, Kevin Hartley continues to be fascinated by all things Portuguese. Originally ordained for the Roman Catholic priesthood, after several years living in Rwanda and with a varied career in education and the law, he and his Scottish/Canadian wife Maben have made their home in the English Midlands, keeping in touch with a widespread and multi-national extended family. End of Innocence is his first published novel.

Mary Essinger

Mary Essinger

Mary Essinger was born in 1932 in the small Leicestershire village of Glenfield. She attended Coalville’s King Edward V11 Grammar School and after leaving school in 1946 went to work in factories before becoming a dress designer. Her interest in the theatre led to her writing the play Daughters of Yesterday (1966) and to several radio broadcasts including a true account, broadcast on Woman’s Hour, about her rescue of an eel from the Leicester fish-market and its subsequent life in her garden pond. Mary taught Spoken English for twenty-five years. In 2003 she published her first novel, Wounded Bird of Paradise. In 2007, two years after the death of her husband Ted, she published How to be a Merry Widow: life after death for the older lady. Mary regularly does stand-up comedy in Leicester.

Ben Parker

Ben Parker

Ben Parker was born in Ealing, London in 1983. He has a BA and MA in English from Southampton University. He now lives in Whitstable. His interests include jazz, cooking, reading and silent film. His main inspirations for writing are Patrick White, Mikhail Bulgakov, James Joyce, Hilary Mantel and Alan Moore.

Pat Marsh

Pat Marsh

Patricia Marsh is a linguist who worked abroad for several years, lecturing in English at the University of Skopje in the Republic of Macedonia for a long period before returning to the UK with her family during the Yugoslav wars of the early 1990s. She has lived in Canterbury ever since, teaching and becoming Director of Studies and Heritage Activities for The English Cultural Experience. She now devotes her time to writing. Her first work was non-fiction: The Enigma of the Margate Shell Grotto - an examination of the theories on its origins. Patricia has had a lifelong passion for historical research and archaeology.

Kevin Isted

Kevin Isted

Kevin Isted lives in Kent. He has lived and worked in many places, including three years in Rome; and the time he ran away to sea, where he learned to party like a pirate. He is still something of a travel junkie and enjoys a good party.
The Barque of Bulleyn is his first novel, based on the true adventures of one of his ancestors: an Elizabethan pirate captain.
Kevin is not married, but there is a particular person to whom he is not married (Marcela), whose continual encouragement to ‘do something!’ resulted in him writing this book. It is, therefore, not entirely his fault.

Derek Ross

Derek Ross

Derek was born and raised in Tilbury, Essex, England. He is an Economics and Politics graduate of London University. Derek has spent many years contributing to various newspapers on all topics from music to politics and has now finally penned his first novel which was inspired by the recent economic meltdown. He has already started work on his next novel. Derek likes to keep himself fit, enjoys the odd game of golf and is passionate about jazz and is an enthusiastic drummer. He currently resides close to the beautiful Wicklow mountains with his wife and daughter and their very mischievous Bichon Frise, Ruby.

Peter Taylor-Gooby

Peter Taylor-Gooby

Peter Taylor-Gooby OBE has held chairs at a number of European, Chinese and Canadian universities and acted as advisor to Lloyds of London, the Prime Minister’s Office, the Treasury, the Council of Europe and the European Commission. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Academy of Social Science and the RSA, and has written thirty-two academic books and some three hundred articles. He comments: ‘Academic research has helped me understand how our society is changing, but it doesn’t deal with people’s emotions and sympathies. I wrote The Baby Auction to explore how real people might feel and suffer and what might drive them to action in a world dominated by the law of the market.’

Marie Campbell

Marie Campbell

Marie Campbell was born in the north-east of England in 1972. Growing up, she spent many hours reading and writing stories, and can still recall her pride when, aged seven, her story was the one chosen to be backed with cardboard and put on display.
Fast-forward several years, and after an abandoned teaching degree, many years as a Civil Servant, and a new baby, she embarked on a writing course, driven by a lifelong passion for words. Baby started life on that course, and is Marie’s debut thriller, set in Edinburgh, where she lives with her partner, Steve, and their son.

Michael C. Doyle

Michael C. Doyle

Michael C. Doyle is a writer and artist. For many years he worked on newspapers in Fleet Street and was also a public relations officer for Thames TV. After becoming a Christian later in life, he went on many retreats to monasteries, where he wrote Heaven and Hell. Michael lives with his wife in Broadstairs, Kent and is a keen player for Broadstairs Chess Club.

Annelisa Christensen

Annelisa Christensen

Annelisa Christensen was born in Sussex, took a psychology degree at the University of Stirling in Scotland, then returned to the south to partner in a fashion design company with her childhood friend, Julia. They had fun selling to shops and in street markets all over London, but dissolved the business when children came along, both believing in putting their families first.
Delighted to be offered the job of laboratory technician in the local secondary school where she herself had been Head Girl twenty years earlier, Annelisa simultaneously wrote a magical realism series (as yet unpublished). She wrote The Popish Midwife after falling in love with Elizabeth Cellier when reading some 300-year-old loose pages of a trial report she bought on the internet. The more Annelisa discovered about Elizabeth Cellier, the more she wanted to share this amazing woman’s story. The Popish Midwife is the result of years of research and writing.