Simon Duringer was educated at Mostyn House School in Cheshire and became involved in writing from an early age. At the age of 13, under duress he was torn away from playing tennis and made to enter the school writing competition which he subsequently won. But to this day he blames said competition for only making the second pair in the school tennis team!
A self-confessed geek, Simon has a passion for mathematics and thoroughly abused that knowledge from an early age by writing probabilities for those playing the school masters at pontoon (21) and poker. Not that he believes in blame culture, but it could be deduced that his success at winning sweets at cards during his formative years has contributed to his six pack transforming prematurely into a one pack! His book How do I win on a lottery ? The Top 20 Lotto Systems became a number #1 amazon bestseller in its genre…
A writer of many genres, he writes under his real name although has written previously under a heavily guarded pseudonym. Simon is probably better known for his award winning interviews with other authors rather than for his own books, Simon Duringer has self published Two compilation books; The Word: The Best of Simon’s 10Q Interviews and The Word: Volume 2 but nonetheless enjoys scribbling, has also published the thriller Stray Bullet and thoroughly enjoys creating tales that chill, thrill and entertain. He is currently working on the sequel to Stray Bullet; Phoenix which he aims to complete in 2015.
John Winstanley was born in Devon, England to a talented musician and pianist. Having moved to Lancashire his autobiography Unsigned Unscene reveals his discovery of the music world during adulthood. At middle age his musical interests were fired up by the noughties version of Punk. He became a music journalist, radio DJ, gig and festival promoter. Between 2002 and 2007 he encouraged local musicians and became a popular band manager. John also became an agent for music venues and owned a record business.
He now shares his experiences for those active and looking for entry into the music business through his autobiography Unsigned Unscene. He shares information about the music and musicians whose talent have impacted his life.
John Winstanley remains active in the music scene in the UK and remains a regular interviewee within local, national and international media. He is an active member within several author groups and when he can’t be found down the local hostelry enjoying a local brew, it is usually because he is assisting other authors and musicians forward their careers.
Unsigned Unscene is a book about music and musicians suitable for a worldwide audience, especially those currently attempting to enter the music scene.
Stephen Jansen is a freelance writer of screenplays, novels and plays. He co owned the Chance Factory Ltd theatre company between 2004 and 2007 during which three plays were performed live at the Buxton and Edinburgh Festivals. His play, A Murder of Crows, played in Germany in May 2014, and a play about the romances of zombies is playing in Australia from Halloween 2014.
Stephen is signed to the UK Trade and Investment Media Consultancy in the UK and the Ahn & Simrock Verlag theatre agency in Hamburg. He has been published in the Los Angeles based Powys Media Space 1999 anthology Shepherd Moon and has five novels for sale on Amazon;
The Light From Dead Stars, Chronophobia Dossier 1: Jagged Lihjtning, Chronophobia Dossier 2: Fracture, Chronophobia Dossier 3: Visible Night.
Stephen Jansen has also worked as a researcher for the UK TV show Most Haunted and written a novel based on the touring experiences of ex Hawkwind bass and keyboard player Harvey Bainbridge.
Some of his freelance work comes from the Elance website and at present includes a Horror screenplay for a client in America. Stephen Jansen has also worked as a Screenwriting lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire.
He cannot sleep!
Chris Martin is an Adlington-based playwright and novelist who ‘defected’ across the Pennines from Yorkshire in 2000. Having taught Drama and English for over 20 years, in 2013 Chris decided to take a part-time position in order to fulfil his aspirations as a writer. Whilst teaching at Thornleigh Salesian College in Bolton Chris Martin started to write murder-mystery plays which were performed annually as PTA fundraisers. The popularity of such evens inspired Chris to start to market them to a wider audience. Through his website www.murderplays.com Chris now sells his 14 paly titles nationally and internationally, and with between 100 and 150 separate performances of his plays every year Chris feels that he is justified in calling himself ‘Britain’s foremost provider of murder-mystery scripts’.
Following the success of his play writing Chris Martin shifted his focus into prose, specifically teenage fiction. Combining his knowledge of ‘mystery stories’ and ‘education’ the character Inky Stevens the Great School Detective was born. This series of books focuses on a mysterious, reclusive young man who offers his services to his school community to help solves complex (and dangerous) mysteries. The books are gothic in tone yet still maintain a comic edge as Inky endeavours to bend the (school) rules in order to reach a conclusion.