Mike French : Senior Editor
Mike is the owner and senior editor of The View From Here. His debut novel, The Ascent of Isaac Steward came out in 2011 with Cauliay Publishing and was nominated for The Galaxy National Book Awards which due to an unfortunate clerical error was awarded to Dawn French.
Born in Cornwall in 1967, Mike spent his childhood flipping between England and Scotland with a few years in between in Singapore. Splitting his time between his own writing, editing the magazine, running author workshops and working with atp media in Luton, Mike is married with three children and a growing number of pets. He currently lives in Luton in the UK and when not working watches Formula 1, eats Ben & Jerry's Phish Food and listens to Noah and the Whale.
Mike's second novel Blue Friday was published in 2012 by Elsewhen Press.
Kate Brown : Managing Editor Fiction
Kate Brown is an English writer and film-maker, living in Berlin. She likes telling stories about naive characters who get themselves into trouble. She likes reading stories that make her laugh and cry; stories that touch her and move her, that hang around for days. Kate blogs at www.katebrown.nl and can be found on twitter @katefromberlin.
Paul Burman: Writer
Paul Burman writes from the Shipwreck Coast of Victoria, Australia. His debut novel The Snowing and Greening of Thomas Passmore was published by PaperBooks (UK) in September 2008 and his second novel The Grease Monkey's Tale was released in July 2010.
Jen Persson:Writer & Interviewer
Jen Persson is a language lover who studied German and Italian at Oxford. Her early career was in Public Relations and Marketing, but also included bakeries and a stint as a Christmas Elf. She is currently employed as a technical Business Analyst. Born in Scotland, she lived abroad from 1997 but returned to the UK in late 2009 and is married with three young children. She enjoys YA work as well as literary and book club fiction.
Jamie Guiney : Writer & Interviewer
Jamie Guiney is a literary fiction writer from County Armagh, Northern Ireland. Coming from a nation of Seanchaís, Jamie favours the short story genre, believing it to be the closest written prose to the traditional art of storytelling. Jamie’s short stories have been published in literary journals, newspapers and online; his short story ‘A Quarter Yellow Sun’ was nominated for the acclaimed Pushcart Prize. In between shorts, Jamie is currently working on his second novel. He enjoys film, sketching, hiking and playing guitar. In 2012, Jamie began interviewing writers and others in the industry on their methods and craft, as a means to better understand the art of writing. Jamie tweets as @jamesgwriter.
Naomi Gill: Cartoonist.
Naomi is a writer and artist "attempting to get far too many creative projects off the ground." Since 2006, she's managed to maintain a webcomic, Mary Quite Contrary. She also has a number of comic books and short stories in the works. When not toiling away at one of these she can usually be found frying her brain on the web or playing with her pet rabbit, Giol.
Vicky aka Fossfor is an artist born in the UK and living in Brussels with her partner and 2 cats. She used to be a freelancer in illustration and the animation industry but now devotes her time to personal projects including 2 blogs and a comic called Piggerypokery.
Jane Turley : Writer & Book Reviewer
Jane Turley began writing for fun when her youngest son started school. Little did she know she would grow to love the sound of her own voice so much that her children would lock her in the wardrobe for some peace. Jane considers herself a humourist whilst others tend to humour her. It’s a problem. Jane has written for the BBC and contributes regularly to the literary magazine The View From Here as well as writing her blog The Witty Ways of a Wayward Wife and working on her first novel. Jane has lots of qualifications, including a full driving licence. A fact which some people find truly remarkable.
Grace Read : Book Reviewer
Grace Read lives in North Hertfordshire with her husband and her cat. She developed a love of books during her English A Level and English undergraduate degree, where she was forced to 'chain-read' a number of texts each week. This proved an enjoyable challenge as Grace is a slow reader and easily lost in plot twists! In her spare time Grace loves giggling, stretching, reading, shopping, chatting, working, dancing and volunteering.
Shanta Everington : Writer
The author of Marilyn and Me, Give Me a Sign, Boy Red and Drowning in Cherryade Shanta has an MA in Creative Writing with Distinction from Manchester Metropolitan University and teaches Creative Writing with The Open University in London. Shanta's poems and short stories have been published in various small presses, with her story, Hang Up, shortlisted for The Bridport Prize 2009, due out in the Unthology collection with Unthanks books later this year. Shanta also writes parenting books for Need2Know Books with current titles, The Terrible Twos: A Parent's Guide (2010) and Baby's First Year: A Parent's Guide (2011).
Visit Shanta's site shantaeverington.co.uk
Megan Taylor : Writer & Book Reviewer
Megan Taylor was born in London in 1973. She has always loved disappearing into stories. Her debut novel ‘How We Were Lost’ was published in 2007 (Flame) after placing second in the Yeovil Prize. She began her second novel while studying for a Creative Writing MA (for which she was lucky enough to be awarded a Distinction). ‘The Dawning’ (Weathervane Press), a dark, literary thriller, was released in January 2010. Megan currently lives in Nottingham. Between looking after her children, working and reading, she’s enjoying writing her third book, ‘The Lives of Ghosts.’
Bradley Wind : Writer and illustrator
Bradley Wind, known throughout various parts of the planet as a no-budget movie maker, author of two novels, toy designer, video artist, Director of IT, painter, father of two, lover of pre-80s Stevie Wonder and master blaster, currently resides in East Coventry Pennsylvania with his wife and long to-do list.
Emily Lewis : Reviewer
Emily Lewis is an American writer, freelance editor and aspiring novelist. Born in Africa, Emily could fly before she could walk and had lived on three continents by the time she was as many years old. After studying Journalism at Gordon College in Massachusetts USA, she moved to one of the most culturally and religiously diverse cities in the world: New Delhi, India, where she works with entrepenuers in redemptive business. Her non-fiction and poetry have been published in Poetry Magazine, Relevant Magazine, The Written Wardrobe, and The Pretty Librarian, among others. She blogs on multiculturalism, spirituality, and mindful living at seethesparrow.wordpress.com and tweets @steviesmiff.