Contributors Biographies





Robin Brown
Robin Brown is Alex's Mummy. When Alex was very little, his Mummy put coloured dots on her piano, and wrote out some of his favourite songs in coloured notes. Alex was able to play these songs by following the colours. Soon he was playing dozens of songs, and asking for more! This gave him a great start for when he began formal lessons, and he was performing at school events from the age of 5. A busy doctor in the British NHS, Robin was one day struck down by illness. Weak and confined to her home, Robin began to reorganise and add to her coloured music, until eventually they filled eight children's music books. Robin's credentials includes her basic medical degree MBChB, Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP), Postgraduate Certificate in Work Based Medical Education (PGCert in WBME), and Fellowship of the Higher Education Authority (FHEA). Musically, she is trained to ABRSM Grade 7 on the piano. A teacher at heart, Robin has been extensively involved in teaching medical students and young doctors. She was previously a Teaching Fellow, and is presently an Honorary Lecturer, at the Manchester Medical School, one of the largest in the country. She is the named author of its Year 3 Liver, Biliary and Pancreatic Diseases online module. Robin's passion as a teacher now leads her to put into writing her approach in teaching her son Alex to play the piano, for the benefit of other children and adults. Her books are beautiful, simple and uncluttered, written for parents and not just music teachers
Wendy Hobbs
Wendy Hobbs, is a Lawyer, and Author of the ‘Claudia Quash Series.’ She lives in Cardiff, with her husband and daughter, Claudia who inspired her writing. Her debut novel, Claudia Quash : The Spell of Pencliff has received over 50 amazing Amazon reviews and it has won a book award. Wendy wrote ‘Claudia’s Special Wish’ for Dreams and Wishes Charity, and she donates all of the profits from her books to help grant wishes to seriously ill children and their families. Wendy is passionate about her work for the charity, she loves to visit Rainbow Ward, at the University Hospital of Wales, donate books and read to so many brave and inspiring children.
Hannah Chadwick
Hannah Chadwick. I'm fourteen but will be fifteen in February of next year. I have been writing stories ever since I was five and would cherish the chance to write in the future.
Benjamin Blue
Benjamin Blue is currently 16 years old, and spends his timing honing crafts ranging from poetry to computer science. He freelances online as a copy-editor, but his main project at the time of writing is an author bio written in 3rd person for a notable newsletter.
Sharon Tregenza
Sharon Tregenza (children’s author) was born and brought up in Cornwall but has lived in many places including, Cyprus, Dubai and Sharjah. Sharon wrote for children’s magazines and anthologies for many years. Her debut children’s novel, ‘TARANTULA TIDE’ won the Kelpie’s prize, and the Heart of Hawick award. ‘THE SHIVER STONE’ published by Firefly Press was shortlisted for the Welsh Children’s Book Award. Her latest mystery novel ‘THE JEWELLED JAGUAR’ will be published next month. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Wales and a second MA in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University. She also teaches “Writing for Children” at the local Arts Centre. Sharon lives in a lovely converted chapel near the historic city of Bath. She is currently working on several more children’s books.
Vicki H. Moss
Vicki Moss is Contributing Editor for Southern Writers Magazine and an award winning poet, pundit, and author. Her book How to Write for Kids’ Magazines is considered the authoritative work on the subject by many. She’s published nationally and internationally, is a public speaker, and teaches writing workshops. Along with her children’s articles, she has published fiction, children’s poetry, adult poetry, and creative nonfiction. Bestselling New York Times Author Lee Smith says about Vicki’s book Writing with Voice, “With a natural story-telling voice, Vicki has us right in the palm of her hand!” Visit her web site that has received over a million hits from 92 countries. Vicki’s books can be found at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Follow Vicki on her social media sites: Twitter—VickiMoss, Instagram—Vickihmoss, Facebook—Vicki H. Moss author, and LinkedIn—Vicki Moss
Karen-Cherie Cogane
Karen-Cherie Cogane trained in Advanced Ballet with the famous Russian dancer, Andre Eglevsky, who was a star in the New York City Ballet. She performed with the Eglevsky Ballet Company in numerous ballets and on television. She received a BA in Communications from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a MA in Dance Education from NYU. She taught Ballet and Jazz Dance in schools throughout New York City, had her own private studio, and was on the faculty of Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women in Manhattan for 22 years. She comes from a very creative family: her father was Nelson Cogane, the ASCAP lyricist with Number One hits; her mother, Dorothea Cogane, was a concert pianist and piano teacher, and her poodle, Dutchess, had a fine ear for music. The Poodles of Park Avenue, Tate Publishing, is her first middle grade and young adult book. She has also written articles for show business newspapers. Karen-Cherie lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, which is prime territory for poodles.
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Ailsa Abraham
Ailsa Abraham retired early from a string of jobs, ending up teaching English to adults. She has lived in France since 1990 and is married with no children but six grandchildren. Her passion is motorbikes which have taken the place of horses in her life now that ill-health prevents her riding. She copes with Bipolar Condition, a twisted arthritic spine and increasing deafness with her usual wry humour – “well if I didn't have all those, I'd have to work for a living, instead of being an author, which is much more fun.”. Her ambition in life is to keep breathing. She has no intention of stopping writing. She writes pagan magical realism and detective fiction under a pen-name. Her passions are animals welfare and running an orphanage for homeless teddy bears.
Sheri S. Levy
Sheri S. Levy is the author of an award-winning debut YA novel in The Trina Ryan series, Seven Days to Goodbye. February, 2015, Seven Days to Goodbye won in the Dog Writers Association in their Special Interest category, Service Dogs.After a twenty-five-year teaching career in special needs, Sheri used her knowledge and experience to write her series. She connected with PAALS, (Palmetto Animal Assisted Living Services), for her research on writing about service dogs and was overwhelmed with the service dogs’ abilities to change lives for the better. In turn, Sheri shares her book proceeds to support enjoys doing author visits, teaching writing workshops, and writing her next novels. In her spare time, she reads, plays with her two dogs, listens to music, and hangs out with her husband and family.
Suzy Davies
Suzy Davies was born in Reading, Berkshire, England. She is an Anglo American writer who lives in Florida. She is passionate about writing children's fiction books, to inspire, entertain, and educate children in a way that is imaginative, creative, and makes learning fun. Her brand new creation, “Snugs The Snow Bear,” is just released, and has attracted the admiration of world-famous World Animator, Sheila Graber, known for her animation of the original “Paddington” by Michael Bond, and her animation of Rudyard Kipling’s “Just So Stories.” Sheila Graber approached Suzy and read her book, and admired the activities of her characters. Graber and Davies may work together in the future! Suzy has enjoyed a career of over ten years in teaching English, Literacy and English to Speakers of Other Languages, in schools, colleges and factories in England, The Czech Republic and South Korea. She is a Sociology graduate of The University of Leicester, and an English Literature postgraduate of The University of Sussex in Falmer, Brighton. She is also a certified Life Coach. A passionate educationist, she draws on her knowledge of how children learn, to engage children, and encourage them. Suzy’s “Snugs Series” teaches kids about friendship, loyalty and belonging, as well as informing them about nature, wildlife, and green issues. Suzy draws on her varied career, including her time spent as cabin crew for an airline, to create colorful characters and compelling story lines for her books. When Suzy is not writing, she likes to commune with nature, go to music gigs or relax at home, reading a book or cooking.
Verónica Manzanares Alberola
I was born in Spain and soon started to become passionate about travelling, writing and for telling the world that things were not fair. Today, at the age of 28, and after many changes in my life, I have been living in three different countries, and I live from combining my three passions: writing, teaching Spanish and translating.
Andrew Kaiminthang Hangsing
Andrew is a yet to be published poet and writer hailing from the sole hill station of Assam, Haflong. He runs a facebook page, Andrew Hangsing Says So (, and a blog by the same name ( on which he posts his poems. Inspired by Robert Frost, William Wordsworth and Robin Ngangom, he is adamant on using rhymes to put across the sentiments of the common man in the ever fragile socio-political scenario of North East India. He also put into verses the life experiences of being a youth in a small hilltown of India. His poem on suicide, “A Jump From The Dyang Bridge” won the 2nd prize at Poet’s Arena during the 2017 Phoenix Festival held at Jorhat Engineering College. Another poem, “Fifteen Days Have Passed” have been published in the first issue of Strata Online Magazine ( published on April 31, 2017.
Brian Morgan
Brian Morgan is the founder and CEO of PiPSTM and has been involved in publishing (newspapers, magazines and books) since 1975. Before that, he was an accountant and business executive for national and international companies. He is the author of eight books in print and 12 eBooks.Brian Morgan wanted to be a writer when he was 14 years of age, but couldn't find an opportunity for more than 20 years. He learned the writing craft as a journalist and went on to editing and publishing in newspapers and magazines¸ before retiring early to write books. Along the way, his work won numerous state and national awards in journalism, editing and publishing, and others for general writing, including a Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literary Award for his first book. One book became an international bestseller and his work has been translated into for Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian and Japanese readers. He now has eight books in print and 12 eBooks. Stories about him are on his website.
Angela Marie James
Angela Marie James writes engaging stories & poems for both children & adults. She is currently in the process of putting together her first children's books for publication, as well as a poetry anthology for older children & adults. Over the past few years she has published her work in anthologies, online magazines & on the radio and performed her work in schools, nurseries, colleges and at community events. She is very proud to be the ‘Resident Author & Poet’ at Ellison Primary Academy and helps promote creativity, imagination & potential through the use of literacy & the literary arts in her position as Director & Lead Creative Practitioner at Unleash along with fellow author Glenn Martin James.
Camilla Chester
Camilla writes for 8-12s. She has always written but after moving to Hertfordshire with her family in 2010 she enrolled onto an OU Creative Writing Course (receiving a distinction), joined several writing groups and then discovered the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators before publishing her debut, Jarred Dreams in 2016. Camilla’s second book, EATS is due out in May 2017.
Karen Cioffi
Karen Cioffi is an award-winning author, children's ghostwriter, and online platform instructor. If you need help with a writing project or your author/writer platform. Be sure to check out the Blog and DIY Page.
Rebecca Morgan
Rebecca Morgan is the author and creator of a new character brand about to launch called Marjorie Sue, along with a whole cast of characters. She resides just outside of New York City with her two dogs, Violet & Lily. Rebecca loves to travel, speaking to the youth, and empowering young entrepreneurs, with useful insights and mentoring tools to bring visions to life. If you would like to book an event with Rebecca you can go to her contact page on her web site
Maureen Vincent-Northam
Maureen Vincent-Northam has been published in newspapers, international magazines and on the Web, contributing regularly to markets aimed at writers. She is the author of Trace your Roots (Crooked Cat Books) and co-authored The Writer’s ABC Checklist (Accent Press). A past winner of The Writers’ Advice Centre for Children’s Books Competition, her short stories and poetry have appeared in a number of anthologies. Maureen is an editor with Crooked Cat Books, has judged online writing contests, and tutored writing workshops.
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