UK Meet is organised by a group of enthusiastic, hard-working, passionate – and by the eve of the event, inevitably frazzled – people. Meet them here in advance of your visit!
WHO TO CONTACT? the quick guide
GENERAL EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration / Delegate issues / Newsletter: Charlie
Finance / Website: Clare
Social media: Jack
Entertainments / Venue liaison: Cathy
Sponsors / Publishers / Programme: Jamie
Delegate issues / Newsletter / USB content: Elin
Because CHARLIE COCHRANE couldn’t be trusted to do any of her jobs of choice—like managing a rugby team—she writes. Her mystery novels include the Edwardian era Cambridge Fellows series, and the contemporary Lindenshaw Mysteries. A member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Mystery People and International Thriller Writers Inc, Charlie regularly appears at literary festivals and at reader and author conferences with The Deadly Dames.
CLARE LONDON took her pen name from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with her other day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with award-winning novels and short stories published both online and in print. Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic, and sexy characters.
Clare has been multi-published in print and ebook with publishers such as Dreamspinner Press, Carina Press, Lethe Press and JMS Books, and also self-published with Jocular Press. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Romance Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers. She also runs an accountancy practice aimed at helping authors’ businesses, Quids and Quills.
All the details of her books and plenty of free fiction are available at her website. Visit her today and say hello!
JL MERROW (Jamie) is that rare beast, an English person who refuses to drink tea. She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, where she learned many things, chief amongst which was that she never wanted to see the inside of a lab ever again. She writes (mostly) contemporary gay romance and mysteries, and is frequently accused of humour. Her novel Slam! won the 2013 Rainbow Award for Best LGBT Romantic Comedy, and several of her books have been EPIC Awards finalists, including Muscling Through, Relief Valve (the Plumber’s Mate Mysteries) and To Love a Traitor.
Jamie is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, International Thriller Writers and Verulam Writers.
ELIN GREGORY lives in South Wales (the old one) and can usually be found surrounded by books either at home or at her work in a museum. If she’s not writing, she’s reading or drawing and has an enthusiasm for notebooks and pens that borders on a fetish. Most of her stories start off on paper because that’s the way she’s always done it.
Her nodding acquaintance with the 21st century is wary and she wonders if ‘antisocial’ media would be more appropriate for her, but she can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Live Journal and WordPress, with all details here:
You might have seen CATHY LAIRD doing the headless chicken routine in previous years at the Meet, running around sorting last minute problems or pushing tickets for the raffle. When she isn’t organising someone or something Cathy usually can be found reading. Cathy will read just about anything she can get her hands on, with a particular love of murder mysteries and everything Greek/Roman.
How did she end up involved in the UK Meet you might ask .. Simple! You can never say no to your mother. In 2012 Charlie asked Cathy to help out at the meet in Brighton, and she loved it so much she hasn’t looked back.
JACK LADD was born in the UK, grew up in a small English town and fled to Sydney, Australia, as soon as he could. There he spent years discovering the world, the people who call it home, and, most importantly himself, before heading back to Blighty with a brand new perspective on life. As well as writing contemporary fiction, Ladd loves to chat all things life, love and sex, and was recently a guest on BBC Radio 1’s podcast, Unexpected Fluids. He also spoke at Lost Village Festival 2018 as part of their Institution of Curious Minds, and was featured in the MTV documentary, My Sex Life and Everyone Else’s.
Ladd joined the UK Meet committee not just because he loves making like-minded friends from all over the world, but because he believes there’s something truly special about this safe, respectful place dedicated to celebrating words in all their colourful glory.
CHRIS ETHAN is a book whore. He enjoys selling his feelings for money and other pleasures and is blatantly unashamed to do so for as long as he breathes. Chris writes stories of gay romance.
Before you delve into his books however, be warned: He likes putting his characters through shit-storms and hates anything conventional. Except for that darned happy-ever-after. He loves happy-ever-afters. Also, he likes swearing. Deal with it!