Lesley Glaister is the critically acclaimed and prize-winning author of 14 novels including Little Egypt, which won the Jerwood Prize for Fiction in 2014. Lesley is one of the most talented writers of our generation and writes mesmerising, dark literary fiction.
One evening last summer I was sitting with Lesley in the Spoon Cafe on the Bridges, sharing a bottle of wine and talking about the publicity events that I had arranged around the Festival. We also talked about my new publishing company and I remember enthusing about YA fantasy and exclaiming that I only needed "ONE really brilliant novel to start us off."
There was a slight pause and Lesley said, "I happen to have a YA fantasy that I've finished if you were interested."
I think we can safely say that I was interested, and Lesley signed with Stone Cold Fox Press with Aphra's Child a few months later.
Lesley's work has always been a huge influence on my own writing and I am so thrilled on both personal and professional levels that she has trusted us with her first YA fantasy, Aphra's Child.
Aphra's Child is due for release late 2018.
Dawn is a prolific and accomplished writer who first came to my attention on the HarperCollins-run 'Authonomy' - a writer's platform with a twist. Members posted chapters of their book for feedback and the most popular extracts were given a professional review by an HC editor. It was a big prize to aim for.
Dawn was one of the first authors to be signed by Harper's digital imprint for her brilliant YA fantasy, Brotherhood of Shades, and I remember reading it and praying for a trilogy. By happy chance I connected with Dawn on Twitter and was delighted when she told me that Book 2 and 3 were already written but HC had decided not to go forward with them. Their loss and our HUGE gain because Dawn agreed after negotiations with the Society of Author to sign with Stone Cold Fox Press and bring her Brotherhood Trilogy with her.
A huge coup for SCF and Indie Publishing as a whole.
Brotherhood of Shades will be re-released with the second book in the trilogy, House of Cogs, in 2019.
Dr Samara Linton and Rianna Walcott PhD are the editors of The Colour of Madness, the anthology about BAME mental health experiences in the UK.
Both these women are phenomenal from any number of perspectives and their drive to start a robust and meaningful discussion around the issue of BAME mental health is just one of those.
Since the conception of the anthology, Samara and Rianna have been invited to speak at many festivals, notably at the WOW festival for women at the South Bank Centre, to explore the issues of ethnicity and mental health with audiences around the country.
It is with great pride that the imprint Skiddaw Books will be publishing The Colour of Madness in summer 2018.
'I genuinely found it hard to put this book down to get on with my day'
Shona Maclean - Author of the Alexander Seaton series (on Sea Change)
Stone Cold Fox is on a bit of a roll at the moment. Last week we were lucky enough to formally welcome YA author, Sylvia Hehir, to the Stirling Publishing family.
Sylvia is a very accomplished Scottish author and her YA thriller 'Sea Change' is spectacular. Both Laura and I read it in one sitting.
This is a novel in which every character has hidden depths and no one is quite whom they seem. Sylvia has a real talent for ratching up the suspense and the story builds to a frenetic, twist-filled ending. Sea Change is multi-layered, rich and meaningful and doesn't hold back from exploring timely & uncomfortable issues that will resonate with every reader.
Sylvia has just finished her DFA in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. Bravo! Dr Hehir.
She was shortlisted for the Penguin Random House mentor scheme 2017 following their WriteNow Live initiative and she received a Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award for children’s fiction.
Her radio play One Last Push featuring Gary Lewis and Sharon Rooney was broadcast by BBC Radio Scotland, and her short story A Time to Leave was longlisted in BBC Radio 4 Opening Lines and was the winner of the John Severn trophy from the Scottish Association of Writers.
Yes, we know how lucky we are :)
**Sea Change has also been nominated for both the Highland Prize and The YA Prize**
Lex Jones is a talented horror/dark fiction writer and his brilliant novel,
The Final Casebook of Mortimer Grimm has been signed to our darker imprint, Skiddaw Books. (Yay us!)
Lex is also a horror fan and rock music enthusiast and lives in Sheffield, England.
He has written articles for premier horror websites the ‘Gingernuts of Horror’ and the ‘Horrifically Horrifying Horror Blog’ on various subjects covering books, films, video games, and music.
Lex’s first published novel was “Nick and Abe”, a literary fantasy about God and the Devil spending a year on earth as mortal men. Lex also has a growing number of short horror stories published in collections alongside such authors as Graham Masterton, Clive Barker, and Adam Neville.
He is currently working on both his ‘Harkins’ book series and also a trilogy of children’s weird fiction books centred around the reimagining of H.P. Lovecraft’s mythology.
When not working on his own writing Lex also contributes to the proofing and editing
process for other authors.
He also rocks 'guyliner'.
The Final Casebook of Mortimer Grimm will be published in early 2020.
Emma completed her Creative Writing Ph.D. at Royal Holloway, the University of London in 2016. She has taught Creative Writing at Royal Holloway and Liverpool Hope University.
Her short fiction has previously featured in The Gull, Litro Online, The Lampeter Review, Strix, The Fiction Pool, LossLit, Spelk, FlashBack Fiction, and Normal Deviation: A Weird Fiction Anthology. Originally from Staffordshire, she now lives on the Wirral where she enjoys coastal walks and bike rides (as long as there’s the promise of ice cream at the end!).
I couldn't believe our luck when Emma submitted 'The Duties of Women'. Laura was ecstatic and we danced a 'woo hoo' jig around the office. It is a powerful indictment of Nazi Germany and an exploration of the roles and reductions women were expected to adhere too. The novel also explores how women cope in brutal circumstances and how relationships can change dramatically when a women's place in society changes overnight.
This is such an important book and an incredibly good read.
She can be found on Twitter: @EmmaMVenables
Michael Fertik is a published fiction author, poet, produced film writer, and playwright. His poetry, short fiction, and novellas have recently appeared in Minor Lits; december; The Write Launch; Eclectica; Litro; Cease, Cows; Feminine Collective; etc.. His writing has won fiction, poetry, and film prizes and includes a New York Times Bestseller.
He lives in Palo Alto, California, where he is also an active technology investor and entrepreneur. He appears regularly in media platforms such as BBC, New York Times, Good Morning America, Today Show, Dr. Phil, Newsweek, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, CBS Early Show, CNN, Fox, Bloomberg, MSNBC, and many others.
Michael has been named Entrepreneur of the Year by TechAmerica, World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, and a member of the WEF Agenda Council on the Future of the Internet. Michael has a significant following on social media. His writing and work frequently take him across the United States, Europe, and Israel.
And while the above is pretty impressive I must just add that I fell in love with Michael's writing when he entered our inaugural short story competition. I remember reading his story, Baba Yaga, and rhapsodising about it for days. Luckily our impartial judge agreed and Michael won first place. I emailed and asked him if he had a novel and he sent two which didn't quite work for me and then HIP SET happened.
It is a bloody brilliant detective noir and I expect you all to love it :) It's serialising on The Pigeonhole at the end of June and slots are disappearing fast.