Meet the delegates: Petronella Bond

Today, please welcome Petronella–a voracious reader who’ll be attending the UK Meet for the first time this year. Her picture was taken on a very special day indeed. Not only a birthday, but a trip to watch the Olympic trampolining too!

Petronella1) Tell us about yourself in 100 words or fewer.

Hiyas I’m Petronella Bond, I’m 40, newly single and a crazy cat lady! I live in East London and have 2 children. I suffer from depression so I have been unable to work for a few years and live inside books instead, well actually I have been reading as long as I can remember so no change there! I discovered M/M literature when I got my first kindle in October and having a whole genre open up has been amazing (and expensive!!)

2) Tell us something about you that might come as a surprise!

I don’t like suprises! Actually I am really open and anyone who knows me on facebook will know most things, or you can just ask … Oh I can sing Row row row your boat in a round by myself 😀

3) What do you like most about the LGBTQ genre?

Basically I like that (until recently) I hadn’t read any so I keep discovering new and brilliant authors. I very much subscribe to the love is love principle so the gender of the main characters is irrelevant is the story is well written!

4) What are you most looking forward to about UK Meet?

Not having an 8 year old boy following me around, no cats to feed and of course the journey up the M1 with Lisa Worrall and her Michael Bolton CD!

5) If you had one wish which would come true at UK Meet, what would that be?

I suppose meeting the man of my dreams is out of the question? I just want to meet people, have fun, not have my depression play up so I sit in the corner and just hope that people actually like me!

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All UK Meet 2013 delegates are cordially invited to send in their answers to the above questions, along with links to any social networks/blogs/websites they want to include, and a completely optional mugshot/avatar. If you’d like to take part, send them to josephine_myles@yahoo.co.uk. Thanks!

Meet the delegates: Jessie Lansdel

Today, please welcome Jessie Lansdel–an aspiring author who attended last year’s Meet in Brighton. I think Jessie’s the one person who’d actually like the weather to be bad next weekend!

Jessie Lansdel1) Tell us about yourself in 100 words or fewer.

I was born and raised in York but now I live in beautiful East Anglia dividing my time between Norwich and Ipswich. I started writing seriously again in February 2011 after a visit to Borley in Suffolk (where once stood the most haunted house in England) I wrote a fictionalised account of one of the squires of Borley and his possible execution on Tower Hill. Then I had a ‘What If’ moment’ and gave the squire a lover….his valet. After that, I was hooked on M/M romance

2) Tell us something about you that might come as a surprise!

I am a weather geek and a member of a weather forum. I love extreme weather and I adore thunderstorms. I spend half of the summer looking for them. But we don’t seem to get them in the UK like we used to more’s the pity. I tend to use storms a lot in my stories as a metaphor and for added drama.

3) What do you like most about the LGBTQ genre?

All the wonderful people I’ve met who share my passion for the genre; and how supportive and helpful they have all been to me as a new writer.

4) What are you most looking forward to about UK Meet?

Meeting the new friends I made last year in Brighton and hopefully being less overawed and shy. And just chatting to other people who ‘get it’.
And buying lots of lovely books.

5) If you had one wish which would come true at UK Meet, what would that be?

Just to enjoy myself and have a wonderful, fulfilling week-end.
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Website – http://jessielansdel.wordpress.com

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All UK Meet 2013 delegates are cordially invited to send in their answers to the above questions, along with links to any social networks/blogs/websites they want to include, and a completely optional mugshot/avatar. If you’d like to take part, send them to josephine_myles@yahoo.co.uk. Thanks!

Meet the delegates: Ashlyn Kane

Today, please give a warm welcome to Ashlyn Kane, a Spotlight Author who’s very well travelled! Also, probably the only person so far (other than me) who’s shown any interest in karaoke. Ashlyn, I’m sure we can find somewhere in Manchester offering karaoke on a Saturday night 😉

Ashlyn Kane1) Tell us about yourself in 100 words or fewer.

Hi, I’m Ashlyn Kane! I’m a trained high school English and mathematics teacher who, due to Unforeseen Circumstances, hasn’t spent much time actually teaching. But that’s okay because I have my hands full editing, writing, and traveling. I currently live in Germany with my husband, Brandon, and several thousand dust bunnies.

I tend not to take myself too seriously, and my writing style often comes across as tongue-in-cheek. I’m interested in amateur photography. In real life I have this really poorly hidden desire to be the center of attention, which usually results in impromptu karaoke.

2) Tell us something about you that might come as a surprise!

I went to my first writers’ conference when I was six. When I was sixteen, I was part of a choir that performed in Disney World. I’ve lived in three different countries. My purse could double as a Mary Poppins bag—I’ve always got a ton of stuff stashed in there, like random cutlery and a flashlight and about seven different pens. But they’re always nice pens, because I’m very picky about my writing implements.

3) What do you like most about the LGBTQ genre?

I love that I get to write the stories as I see them and don’t have to worry about censoring them for closed minds. Don’t get me wrong—I think LGBTQ fiction is becoming more mainstream, and I’m thrilled to be part of that process, because it’s an important step toward social justice. But in the meantime, people actually buy and read and enjoy my books, which gives me an excuse to keep writing them.

4) What are you most looking forward to about UK Meet?

Meeting new people! I haven’t always been good at making new friends, but it’s something I’ve really come to enjoy. I’ve only been to one professional author event, but it was so much fun to meet and connect with people. I think we tend to be a friendly and diverse group, and there’s always a new TV show obsession or indie flick to share. Plus, I’m addicted to co-writing, so maybe I’ll meet another coauthor.

5) If you had one wish which would come true at UK Meet, what would that be?

That I will walk down the street and run into Benedict Cumberbatch!

No, honestly, I’ve no idea. I hope someone will talk to me about writing. That’s really all I want.
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ashlyn.kane@gmail.com
http://ashlynkane.blogspot.com
Twitter: @ashlynkane
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ashlyn.kane.94
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All UK Meet 2013 delegates are cordially invited to send in their answers to the above questions, along with links to any social networks/blogs/websites they want to include, and a completely optional mugshot/avatar. If you’d like to take part, send them to josephine_myles@yahoo.co.uk. Thanks!

Meet the delegates: Anna Butler

Today I’d like to introduce you all to Anna Butler, a UK Meet newbie who’s recently had her first short story published with Dreamspinner. Congratulations, Anna!

Anna Butler1) Tell us about yourself in 100 words or fewer.

A native of Durham who moved south for university, I’ve lived and worked in London for more years ago than I’ll admit to. I spent my career in government communications, working in marketing and internal communications. Three years ago I took the opportunity to retire early, and since then I’ve been working on my writing.

I cut my teeth writing slash fanfiction in science fiction fandoms, and that’s naturally evolved into trying original fiction in the genre.

I lives in East London with husband David, and Molly the cockerpoo.

2) Tell us something about you that might come as a surprise!

I’ve ridden in the circus.

No, seriously. I have. Of course, I was only four and the clowns apparently called for a volunteer to join them in the ring to ride on the pony. Mum says I moved so fast I blurred. I may also have elbowed my friend Joy in the face to make sure I got there before her. I have a vague memory of faces and lights, and I know the pony was a bay, but that’s all I remember. Still, it was the circus.

3) What do you like most about the LGBTQ genre?

Writing relationships where the traditional power dynamics and traditional societal pressures don’t get in the way. Writing romantic relationships that I find more emotionally fulfilling, because there’s equality between the lovers. Both give and take in equal measure. And hell yes, because it’s sexy.

4) What are you most looking forward to about UK Meet?

A chance to meet readers and other writers. Some I’m making links with on line, but most will be friends I haven’t met yet. It’ll be a great opportunity to talk and make connexions

5) If you had one wish which would come true at UK Meet, what would that be?

Have a good time, make some new friends and yes, I’ll be honest, hope to have a very fruitful conversation with the publishers attending!
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http://www.annabutlerfiction.com/

Amazon US author page or Amazon UK author page

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All UK Meet 2013 delegates are cordially invited to send in their answers to the above questions, along with links to any social networks/blogs/websites they want to include, and a completely optional mugshot/avatar. If you’d like to take part, send them to josephine_myles@yahoo.co.uk. Thanks!

Meet the delegates: Andrea Bramhall

Today, please give a warm welcome to Andrea Bramhall, an author who’s a UK Meet first-timer. Andrea writes lesbian romance for Bold Strokes Books–it’s great to see so many more writers of f/f romance attending this year!

andreabramhall1) Tell us about yourself in 100 words or fewer.

A Stockport native, Andrea took her life in her hands a few years ago and crossed the great North/South divide and now lives in Norfolk with her partner, their two border collies. Andrea spends her time running their campsite and hostel to pay the bills, and scribbling down stories during the winter months.

Andrea is an avid reader and a keen musician. She is also a recreational diver and takes an opportunity to head to warmer climes and discover the mysteries of life beneath the waves! Her first novel Ladyfish received an Alice B. Lavender certificate.

 2) Tell us something about you that might come as a surprise!

I could…but then I’d have to kill you, and that would be bad for the turn out. Just kidding. A surprise detail about myself…I lived in South Africa as a child during the apartheid era. I was too young at the time to recognise what I was seeing but as I’ve grown up and come to understand what was happening, the oppression that I saw there has been a massive influence on me and my writing. As I look back through my writing this is a theme that comes through time and again, and is explored as the major theme in my new book, Nightingale. I’ve also recently started to work on a new idea for a story set in South Africa exploring this influence. Who said romances couldn’t be gritty?

 3) What do you like most about the LGBTQ genre?

I write the stories that I want to read, but I can’t find. For me those stories are naturally Lesbian in content. I guess you could say it’s my most natural voice.

 4) What are you most looking forward to about UK Meet?

A chance to meet readers and other authors. Some of whom I have spoken to online, and others who I will be meeting for the first time. It is a chance to learn new things and see different points of view. Writing is a rather solitary pursuit, and chances to interact with others who understand and appreciate this, is a chance I can’t pass up.

 5) If you had one wish which would come true at UK Meet, what would that be?

Hmmm, tough question. I just want to reconnect with some friends who will be there, meet some new ones, and have a good time. I’m pretty boring really 🙂

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andreabramhall@rocketmail.com
http://www.andreabramhall.co.uk
http://andreabramhall.wordpress.com/
on twitter @AndreaBramhall
on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/Andreabramhall
http://www.boldstrokesbooks.com/categories.php?category=Paperback-Books/Lesbian-Fiction/Browse-by-Author/Bramhall%2C-Andrea

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All UK Meet 2013 delegates are cordially invited to send in their answers to the above questions, along with links to any social networks/blogs/websites they want to include, and a completely optional mugshot/avatar. If you’d like to take part, send them to josephine_myles@yahoo.co.uk. Thanks!

Meet the delegates: Lisa Worrall

Today, please give a warm welcome to Lisa Worrall–an author who’s been booked onto the last two UK Meets, but both times was unable to make it. Here’s hoping it’s third time lucky this year!

LisaWorrall1) Tell us about yourself in 100 words or fewer.

I live about forty minutes outside of London on the South coast near Southend-on-Sea, Essex.  I am multi-lingual, speaking English, Essex and Sarcasm fluently. I am the single mother of two children who work together to drive me insane, but I’ve been doing this parenting lark for nearly ten years now and the little suckers haven’t got me yet! I write full time now and love it, shut away in the bat cave with a myriad of voices yammering at once. I love Supernatural, steak and kidney pie, pasta and the dog, but show me a spider and I’m gone!

2) Tell us something about you that might come as a surprise!

I saw Interview with the Vampire seven times! Two of which were on my own. There was only me and one other person in the cinema on one of those occasions and he was wearing a dirty mack and drinking a bottle of ripple out of a brown paper bag—I think he was waiting for someone to turn up and fix the “washing machine” if you know what I mean.

3) What do you like most about the LGBTQ genre?

Apart from the excitement of putting together a story and having it published, then seeing the enjoyment the readers get from something I’ve written—I love the fact that if it were not for this genre I wouldn’t have met so many wonderful people I probably wouldn’t have crossed paths with anywhere else. People I couldn’t imagine my life without.

4) What are you most looking forward to about UK Meet?

I’m looking forward to showing my support for our genre, meeting friends in the flesh I’ve  only met online and making lots of new ones. Oh and no one calling me mummy for the whole weekend!

5) If you had one wish which would come true at UK Meet, what would that be?

That there’s black pudding at breakfast 🙂
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Website: http://www.lisaworrall.com
Blog: http://lworrall.blogspot.com
Twitter: @lisa_worrall

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All UK Meet 2013 delegates are cordially invited to send in their answers to the above questions, along with links to any social networks/blogs/websites they want to include, and a completely optional mugshot/avatar. If you’d like to take part, send them to josephine_myles@yahoo.co.uk. Thanks!

Meet the delegates: D.T. Dragon

Today I’d like to welcome D.T. Dragon to the blog, an new author who’s first book came out earlier this year. It’s D.T.’s first time at the UK Meet–look for the person in the long coat!

DTDragonpic1) Tell us about yourself in 100 words or fewer.

A trained environmental scientist who lives beneath castle ruins in a small town called Dudley in middle England. Most likely to be found at a sewing machine, behind a camera or at the beck and call of cats. I dress up like aliens from TV aka the Doctor. I have a thing for long coats. Money no object, I would spent my days travelling the world and my nights under a mass of purring cats.

2) Tell us something about you that might come as a surprise!

I had a thousand photos taken of me in one year for someone’s photography degree, dressed up like aliens from TV.

3) What do you like most about the LGBTQ genre?

An opportunity to tell stories that are not defined by hetero-normative restrictions. Growing up, I was suitably bored by the mainstream hetero-romance, and the gay romance section was half a shelf in my local library. Now my muse has taken an interest in writing gay fiction, I am hoping it can be pushed into writing about aromantic and/or asexual characters, as there still is nothing in my local library about this. I suppose we are changing the world by celebrating natural diversity. Love is love.

4) What are you most looking forward to about UK Meet?

Meeting friends old and new, and wondering what my muse has gotten me into now!

5) If you had one wish which would come true at UK Meet, what would that be?

For everyone to leave with a new plot bunny, or to have freed a stuck muse. My muse is amazing at generating ideas and bridging seemingly unrelated items, but it doesn’t commit much to text through me. Hopefully my muse will help other people – come and see me in the 1-2-1 if you’re stuck!

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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/drtempledragon

Email: templedragon@hotmail.co.uk

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All UK Meet 2013 delegates are cordially invited to send in their answers to the above questions, along with links to any social networks/blogs/websites they want to include, and a completely optional mugshot/avatar. If you’d like to take part, send them to josephine_myles@yahoo.co.uk. Thanks!