Aside from Writing regularly features posts and interviews from guest authors and bloggers, however, behind these features, a regular band of bloggers contribute to the site each week providing the Group Thoughts, Reviews and insights into writing. You can meet them all here and find out more about where they came from.
Aside from Writing was started by Mel in January 2012, when she first discovered the whole blogging world after releasing her first book Hope’s Daughter. She enjoyed meeting new readers and bloggers, finding out what they enjoyed about books and their own particular types of writing. She also enjoyed interacting with other authors – learning from their experiences. So Aside from Writing is a reflection of all this: a place to interact with authors, bloggers and readers; a place to learn about the experiences of others and more than anything – a place for all things reading and writing!
After graduating from The University of Sheffield with an English Literature Masters in 2003, Melanie has been writing fiction – time permitting – ever since.
The Ambrosia Sequence (started in 2008) and The Elementals (begun in 2004) are both ongoing, extended projects each containing several novels, aimed primarily at young adults and hover somewhere in the middle of sci-fi, futuristic and fantasy genres. Hope’s Daughter, released in January 2012, is her debut novel and the first of The Ambrosia Sequence, with the sequel – Outlanders – due mid-2012.
When she’s not writing Melanie enjoys the wet weather of the north of England with her dogs or disappearing into a book for a few hours (no surprise there then). Unfortunately, all too often the ‘day job’ gets in the way of the nicer things in life!
I am a married mom of two boys. My “job” is ultrasound technician, but my passion is books (and food)! I read, a lot, and blog about everything I read. I am also attempting to write, when I make the time, and love to come up with new recipes to share with my friends and followers as well.
Author Tony Talbot joined the blog as a regular contributor in May 2012 and posts reviews, thoughts on writing and anything else that comes to mind! Tony started writing short stories in 2008, after a dream he had and couldn’t shake; finally his wife told him to write it down or stop talking about it! He is the author of several YA novels including Over the Mountain and American Girl, and is hard at work on the next book now. He lives in a village in Leicestershire UK, with an American wife he met online and a teenage cockatiel. As well as writing, he enjoys reading, playing Mario Kart on the Wii and not getting enough exercise.
Jade Varden is a teller of tales from Louisville, Kentucky. The Deck of Lies series is the first in several young adult series and stand-alone novels Jade will publish in 2012 and 2013. She blogs frequently on all things ‘writing’ at her own author blog and kindly allows us to re-blog some of her ‘Writing 101′ posts here.