Novel London

DAVID JOHN GRIFFIN lives in a small town by the Thames in Kent, UK with his wife Susan, and two terriers called Bullseye & Jimbo. 

As well as a writer, he is a graphic designer, creator of iDevice apps, and an occasional electronic music composer.  His first novel is called The Extraordinary Possession of Alastair Stubb, A Gothic Tale; and the second is called Infinite Rooms. He is currently working on a third novel having recently finished a novella with short stories entitled Two Dogs At The One Dog Inn And Other Stories. All books are published by Urbane Publications.​

​Camera credit: Lee Cooper - http://bit.ly/2ix4HTK

LYNNE E BLACKWOOD lives on the English South Coast and has received two Arts Council grants as a disabled writer and emerging talent. She has completed a short story collection based on fictionalising her Anglo-Indian family history. She appears in the Closure Anthology, Best of Black-British Writing alongside well-established authors such as Fred d’Aguiar and Michelle Innis. Another short story was shortlisted for The Asian Writer competition and will appear in the 2017 anthology published by Dahlia Books. 

​Camera credit: Lee Cooper - http://bit.ly/2ix4HTK

WINNIE M. LI is a writer, filmmaker, film festival producer, and creative consultant.  And frequent backpacker who has somehow managed to spend the past 15 years, engaged in film and literature in various parts of the world.

Taiwanese-American and raised in New Jersey, Winnie studied Folklore and Mythology at Harvard, specializing in Celtic Languages and Literature.  In 2000, she was selected as a George Mitchell Scholar and earned her MA in Anglo-Irish Literature at the National University of Ireland, Cork.​

NYLA NOX lives an exciting double life. She has been writing articles on the( in)-human side of investment banking for many years, particularly about the lives of jobless humanities graduates who are forced to serve the richest bankers in the world.  Her unique knowledge of this extremely secretive world has grown into the ‘Graveyards of the Banks trilogy’ – ‘The War and Peace of Investment Banking’ as Nyla likes to call it.

Nyla Nox has been interviewed in the Guardian, in the Telegraph and by the BBC.


Photographer: Ian Bozic - http://wolfsnaps.co.uk/

FIONA MACBAIN grew up in Fort William, graduated from Edinburgh University, then worked in London as a Recruitment Consultant before moving to Tunisia where she ran a watersports base near Sousse with her local husband (more about that at fionamacbain.com). She returned to the UK with her 6-month old daughter in 1999 and eventually settled in Inverness, where she lives with her husband and children.  She published her debut thriller, Daughter, Disappeared, set in Tunisia, in November 2016, gaining 35 top Amazon reviews in the first two months. Her second novel, Glasdrum, a thriller set in the Highlands of Scotland, is coming out in March 2017.

Camera credit: Lee Cooper - http://bit.ly/2ix4HTK
Photographer: Ian Bozic - http://wolfsnaps.co.uk

In the Q&A session, Stephen Marriott talks to Andrew Smith and Helena Halme about being a writer, marketing and the future of social media in publishing. 


Camera credit: Lee Cooper - http://bit.ly/2ix4HTK

BEN GALLEY is an award-winning fantasy author from the UK. He is the author of the epic Emaneska Series, the weird-west Scarlet Star Trilogy and the brand new standalone The Heart of Stone. When he’s not dreaming up lies to tell his readers, Ben works as a self-publishing consultant, helping fellow authors to self-publish and sell their books at www.shelfhelp.info.

Ben can be found being loquacious and attempting to be witty on Twitter (@BenGalley), Facebook (@BenGalleyAuthor) or at his website www.bengalley.com.


​Photographer: Ian Bozic - http://wolfsnaps.co.uk

DIANE CHANDLER worked first as a political lobbyist in Brussels, and then at the European Commission for several years, where she managed overseas aid programmes in Ukraine just after the fall of communism. Ukraine soon worked its way into her heart, and she travelled there extensively. Back in London, when Diane married and her daughter was born, she was able to pursue her passion for writing in those few hours she could snatch. Ukraine became the subject for her first novel The Road To Donetsk, which won The People’s Book Prize for Fiction 2016. Her second novel, Moondance, is about a high-flying career woman battling with grueling fertility treatment, and was informed by her personal experience of the emotional and physical impact of IVF. She is currently working on her third novel.

Camera credit: Lee Cooper - http://bit.ly/2ix4HTK
Photographer: Ian Bozic - http://wolfsnaps.co.uk

​​​​​ANDREW SMITH'S first novel, Edith’s War, won a gold medal at the Independent Publishers’ Book Awards, U.S.A. His short fiction has been included in the Journey Prize Anthology and shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards. His travel writing has garnered a Western Magazine Award. He has published two non-fiction books: Strangers in the Garden, the secret lives of our favourite flowers and Highlights, an illustrated history of cannabis (co-author). Smith’s most recent novel, The Speech, is published in October, 2016 by Urbane Publications, U.K.


​Camera credit: Lee Cooper - http://bit.ly/2ix4HTK

J J BOLA is a Kinshasa-born, London-raised writer, poet and educator, J J Bola has published three books of poetry. His work is centred on a narrative of empowerment, humanisation and healing of trauma as well as discovery of self through art, literature and poetry. J J Bola reads at shows and festivals across the UK and the US.​


JON APPLETON is a freelance editor and writer who spent 20 years in-house, and now works freelance for various publishing companies and also with indie authors, helping them shape their book ideas for publication. He blogs about reading, writing and editing at jonappletonsbooks.com and is about to launch a weekly online fiction, serial entirely based in London.

Camera credit:
Lee Cooper - http://bit.ly/2ix4HTK
Photographer:
Ian Bozic - http://wolfsnaps.co.uk

DEBBIE YOUNG writes warm, witty, feelgood fiction inspired by life in the English village where she lives with her husband and daughter. The Sophie Sayers Village Mystery series is her first venture into writing novels, but she has previously published three themed collections of short stories, "Stocking Fillers", " She is founder and director of the Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival and reviews editor for Vine Leaves Literary Journal. She is an ambassador for the British children's reading charity Read for Good and for the Type 1 diabetes research charity JDRF. For more information about her writing life, please see her author website: www.authordebbieyoung.com


HELENA HALME is a Finnish author based in London. Her books include The Englishman, a best-selling romantic novel, which won an Awesome Indies badge on publication. Her other titles are The Navy Wife, a sequel to The Englishman, Coffee and Vodka and The Red King of Helsinki. The Finnish Girl, her latest novella, is a prequel to The Englishman.


Camera credit: Lee Cooperhttp://bit.ly/2ix4HTK

2017 READINGS

JOANNA WARRINGTON lives in Sussex. She’s divorced and a single mother of three children and a self proclaimed expert on internet dating.

Joanna is an independent funeral celebrant, a carer of a thalidomide and has travelled to many places across the United States. Her travels and her experiences as a single mother have inspired ‘Holiday’ and her earlier novels ‘Every Family Has One’ and ‘The Catholic Woman’s Dying Wish.’
Joanna loves studying the different people she meets on her trips. ‘Holiday’ combines travel writing with a story about the joys and challenges of family. She recently achieved a 5 star award for ‘Holiday’ from the Readers’ Favorite in America.

To celebrate two years of Novel London, we went live on location! We looked at what areas of London inspired some of the novels that have been showcased.

For this one, SAFEENA CHAUDHRY read on the banks ofThe River  Thames where some of Companions of Clay took place.

If you would like to feature your chapter in the future, please go to www.novellondon.co.uk for contact details. 

Camera Credit - Leszek Halasa. 

Writer, Actress and performance coach, Norma Cohen speaks to the founder of Novel London, Safeena Chaudhry and Yana Stajno.

Yana Stajno's reading of Rules for Thursday Lovers has been the most watched video on the Novel London YouTube channel. 


Here you can watch how the extraordinary Norma Cohen coaches writers to help them perform to the best of their ability. 

To celebrate two years of Novel London, we went live on location! We looked at what areas of London inspired some of the novels that have been showcased. For this one, YANA STAJNO read on the banks of Regents Canal across London Zoo where some of her novel takes place.


Yana Stajno's first extract from Rules For Thursday Lovers was the most viewed on Novel London. Thank you for being part of the #NOVLDN community. If you would like to feature your chapter in the future, please go to www.novellondon.co.uk for contact details.


Camera Credit - Leszek Halasa.

LUCILLE TURNER'S first book, Gioconda, was published by Granta Books in 2011. A novel about the life of Leonardo da Vinci, it went on to win the Hislibris prize for historical fiction and was translated into several languages. She has a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature and has worked as a translator, a journalist, a teacher and a book reviewer. She lives between Bournemouth and Nice and blogs about historical fiction at www.lucilleturner.com.


Photographer: Ian Bozic - http://wolfsnaps.co.uk/

CLARE FLYNN writes historical fiction with a strong sense of time and place and compelling characters. Her books often deal with characters who are displaced - forced out of their comfortable lives and familiar surroundings. She is a graduate of Manchester University where she read English Language and Literature. 

When not writing and reading, Clare loves to paint with watercolours and grabs any available opportunity to travel - sometimes under the guise of research. 

Camera credit: Lee Cooper - http://bit.ly/2ix4HTK\
http://www.novellondon.co.uk

JILL MARSH grew up in Wales, Africa and the Middle East, where her curiosity for culture took root and triggered an urge to write. After graduating in English Literature and Theatre Studies, she worked as an actor, teacher, writer, director, editor, journalist and cultural trainer all over Europe. Now based in Switzerland, Jill is a founder member of the Triskele Books collective, co-curates litmag The Woolf and is a regular columnist for Words with JAM magazine. She lives with her husband and three dogs, and in an attic overlooking a cemetery, she writes.


Camera credit: Lee Cooperhttp://bit.ly/2ix4HTK