Meet the contributors
Updated: Mar 7
These are my guest bloggers, one of them will pop up every month. in my monthly guest spot.
Blue is a thinker of too many thoughts and a doer of too many things. She is a scientist by training, a science educator by vocation, and a writer quite by accident after stumbling into her autism diagnosis on the brink of 40. She is a mother of two vivacious girls, a grumpy cat, and a backyard full of chickens, bees, echidnas, and the occasional kangaroo. She sometimes forgets whether she’s supposed to be writing in American or Australian English, but she’s almost always writing poetry, about mental health, autism, or creating the books she wishes she had when she was younger.
Her poetry and stories of trauma, healing, and recentering are on her blog: http://comingintobalance.blogspot.com
Connect on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AspienBlue
Or find her articles on http://TheAspergian.com
Caroline Corpas Neale
Caroline is a French national currently living in Northern Ireland. She has been writing since her teenage years and has collaborated in publications in several languages, including Spanish and English. The Blue Giant is the first book of the Maven and Perry Adventures, written for children from 3 to 8 years old and Caroline’s first picture book. The Writing Cat started as her personal blog. When it came time to publish ‘The Blue Giant’ it felt natural to do it under the label under which she had written for so long.
Catherine Matthews is a writer and photographer who shares her life experiences through her blog, Life Through My Lens As an educator, leader, parent and human being, Catherine shares her adventures in child-raising and teaching, as well as the childhood stories that shaped and molded her. She, like all of us, searches for meaning in the mundane, contemplating the lessons she’s learned along her journey in life. Whether it’s recollecting the follies of her youth, remembering those who have come and gone, or simply musing about life, she is drawn to share rich and vivid stories that will make you laugh, cry and maybe even learn. Carefully weaving photos into her tales, she paints a picture of life that often acts as a mirror into our own.
C. D’Angelo is a 2nd generation Italian-American who lives in Winter Garden, Florida with her husband. She has been a psychotherapist for almost 20 years, but began writing in 2013 to add to her many hobbies (playing ukulele, drawing, crocheting, cross stitching, sewing, and any other craft available to try). Her debut novel, The Difference, will be published in 2020. For more information, visit her
Cin has always wanted to write, in fact she has always written. Not necessarily well, but always. From the fantastical stories of her childhood to the appalling poetry of her teens she was always to be found hidden in corners with either a pen or a book, usually both. Nothing much has changed. Today she can be found hiding in the spare room with a notebook, pen, and laptop; scrawling weird quotes, turns of phrase, and random overheard pieces of dialogue that she thinks may come in useful. Cin has recently submitted the final piece for the second year of her Creative Writing MA and just finished her first story book for her Granddaughter.
Fi lives in the wilds of North Wales with her family and a pooch called Bailey, earning a living as a fantasy novelist, murderous playwright, and real life copywriter. Writing about magical possibilities is her passion.
Georgia is an exciting new writer and recent First-class graduate from The Open University. When she's not hunched over a laptop writing screenplays, novels or poetry, Georgia can be found with her nose in a good book or completing her mountains of paperwork required for teacher training. Her debut novel Beyond was published in March 2019 and is available online and in all good bookshops.
Jill has a BA Honours Degree, a Diploma in Humanities and a Diploma in Literature & Creative Writing from the Open University. Her debut children’s book ‘Harvey and the Moon Bus’ was published in February 2018 and is the first book in a planned trilogy. She has had non-fiction articles, short stories and poems published in magazines, local newspapers and online, and was also the winner of The Buckinghamshire Family History Society Alan Dell Memorial Award for 2013.
She has exhibited my photographs at local exhibitions, and am currently working on her debut poetry collection ‘The Leaping Hare and the Moon Daisy’. Publication date Spring 2020.
Kate is an English Teacher from South East London, who can’t remember a time when she wasn’t keenly reading or writing. She particularly enjoys writing poetry and short stories, and has had both published in anthologies and magazines. Her debut novella, A Week at Meredith’s, was published on KDP in 2013 and she is currently working on a YA novel which will hopefully be self-published in 2020.
Sarah is a dessert loving, ocean obsessed, mom of two. Margaritas are her forte, tattoos are her addiction, family is her everything. When she's not writing or reading she's adventuring with her best friend who also doubles as her husband.
Suzanne Louise Burn
Suzanne is aged 56 and married with two grown up sons, one of whom is severely autistic. She lives in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, and has recently completed a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Creative Writing with the Open University (graduating in 2018).
Writing can be a form of catharsis for her, due to suffering from anxiety and depression for many years.
She’s currently in the process of honing her writing skills further, after the inclusion of four of her poems in two anthologies produced by the Open University Write Club Society (‘Generations’ and The Gift’). She hopes to publish more poetry and some short stories from 2020 onwards.
She feels inspired by nature and the seasons, due to her job as a gardener, and her writing style is currently influenced by realism (though she has an interest in crime fiction, which she would like to pursue in the future).
Tracy has just completed an MA in creative writing with the Open University. She successfully gained first-class hons in English Language and Literature with the OU in 2017. Now she is working towards writing her first post-apocalyptic fantasy novel. She writes alongside caring for her disabled husband and 6 of her 8 children who are still at home. 3 are on the autistic spectrum.
Tracy also belongs to a community amateur dramatics group in her home town, and is currently rehearsing for a Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime.
Tracy reads and writes for fun and escapism, when time allows. She belongs to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, and has held many teaching and leadership roles within the organisation. She also helps to admin an OU Carers group on Facebook, and helps in the Write Club Society Committee.