Interview with Adele Cosgrove-Bray

When did you first start writing?
I began writing song lyrics when aged thirteen. Lyrics soon morphed into poetry. I can remember feeling embarrassed by describing myself as a poet. I had the idea that poets were mostly grouchy old men or drunken romantics, apart from the woman who'd written about planning to wear purple with a red hat when she was old.

My first employed post after graduating from college, at the age of nineteen, was as the editor for "The Birchwood Guidebook", published by Spiral. This was a community information booklet for three newly-built housing estates located on the outskirts of Warrington, in Cheshire.

In 1987, I started writing a non-fiction column for the monthly "Exploring the Supernatural" magazine, which later changed its format and name to become "Your Future" magazine. I was living in a haunted house in St Helens, Lancashire, by then, but that's another story….
What's the story behind your latest book?
"Bethany Rose: An Artisan-Sorcerer Story" is my third novel. It tells the story of a young girl who faces poverty, bereavement and isolation. Through her interest in New Age subjects she meets an older man, Morgan, who introduces her to a secret occult order. Her life undergoes huge changes which bring fresh challenges which she battles to overcome.

The novel carries the thread of philosophy which helps to bind together the Artisan-Sorcerer series, which can be read in any sequence. Each novel focuses primarily on one member of Morgan Gruffudd's community of artists and craftspeople, who share a house on the edge of Sefton Park in Liverpool. They're also members of the secret order, whose temple is hidden in the Williamson Tunnels which run beneath the city.
What are you working on next?
"Fabian: An Artisan-Sorcerer Story", will be published on 1st December, 2015. The forth in the series, and describes Fabian's disillusionment with his career as a high school art teacher, and explores his need to establish his role as Morgan's second-in-command within the community of Artisan-Sorcerers.

"Fabian" introduces the Caldy fae into the novels, though I've previously used them in several short stories. Caldy is a small village in Wirral. The science-fiction writer, Olaf Stapledon, used to own the woodland covering Caldy Hill which is now known as Stapledon Wood, and this is where the last prince of the Caldy fae, also known as the Peacock King, has his home.
What do your fans mean to you?
It's a huge compliment when someone I've never met exchanges some of their hard-earned cash for something that I've written. I'll never take this for granted. Here we are, heading out of a tough recession, and yet people have still bought my work. I'd like to thank each of them.

Oh, and if anyone fancies writing some Artisan-Sorcerer fanfic or creating fanart, go right ahead so long as it's 100% non-profit-making. What could be a bigger compliment than someone wanting more stories in the world an author has created?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am an artist and photographer. I recently took up swimming, after years of not going near a pool, and this has now become a regular feature of my week. I also enjoy taking my two Jack Russell Terriers for long walks around the Wirral coastline and through Stapledon Woods and up to Thor's Stone.
Published 2015-07-16.
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Books by This Author

City Stories
Series: Anthology, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 11,640. Language: British English. Published: November 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » General, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
Love, terror and 21st century life! From the heart of cosmopolitan Liverpool come nine thrilling views of modern living. Blood-drinkers, killers and secrets. Old sorrows and new beginnings. The light and dark of human life set against the glittering backdrop of a reinvigorated city. City Stories. Tales of life today.
The Grumpets
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,440. Language: British English. Published: May 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
Grumpets are shy creatures who live in compost heaps. They are small and wrinkly, with many long, pale limbs, and like nothing better than burrowing into fresh grass clippings. But the heap can be a dangerous place. Follow the adventures of young Chip Grumpet as ravenous Slimers and the dreaded Time of Turning threaten to destroy the Grumpet's world!
Message from the Great Rainbow
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,880. Language: British English. Published: December 22, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Inspirational
"Little sister, let me tell you this story. It is a simple story. It came to me last night in my dreams...." So begins this enchanting account of a mystical journey.
Seaside Stories
Series: Anthology, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 13,650. Language: British English. Published: October 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Literary collections » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Romance, heartache, treachery and death! Eighteen stories and poems inspired by the sea, from a group of imaginative writers who live surrounded by water on the Wirral peninsula in England. Tim Hulme * Andy Siddle * Adele Cosgrove-Bray * Peter Caton * Nikki Bennett * Ruth Ann Titley
Intimations: Five Artisan-Sorcerer Stories
Series: Artisan-Sorcerer, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 14,270. Language: British English. Published: September 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Five thrilling insights into the secretive lives of artisan-sorcerers! Five stand-alone tales featuring Fabian, Bethany Rose, Rowan, Jason and the Peacock King himself! Discover the people. Explore their world. Taste the magic. Extra content: "Sisters", a free short story.
Bethany Rose: An Artisan-Sorcerer Story
Series: Artisan-Sorcerer, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 109,850. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: August 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
(5.00)
Widowed at sixteen, Bethany Rose faces huge challenges to build the life she wants. Terrified by a black-robed spectre she turns to Morgan, a member of a mysterious order of sorcerers. But their unexpected love could expose Bethany Rose to ruthless assassins who will stop at nothing. They want to be together. But will love keep them apart?
Rowan: An Artisan-Sorcerer Story
Series: Artisan-Sorcerer, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 100,420. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: May 19, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Rowan lives with secrets. His family know nothing of his life after his mother banished him. Rowan is attracted to the handsome and vivacious Aiden, a member of Morgan Gruffudd's secretive community of artisan-sorcerers. But blackmail threatens to destroy the new life Rowan has been building. People are dying - and Rowan is caught in the middle of a secret war.
Quiet Lives
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,990. Language: British English. Published: May 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
All her life, Dawn has been told she isn't beautiful. Armajeet refuses to compromise when her lover lacks bite. The generation gap provides a meditation on family life. And the witch who welcomes a door-to-door salesman grants an unexpected gift. Appearances can be deceptive…and nothing is as it seems in these four short stories of womens' lives:- Beautiful; Dear Harry; The Four Seasons.
A Wirral Otherkin Trilogy
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,130. Language: British English. Published: April 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fairy tales
Three stories of selkies and faeries. Encounter the notorious fae of Caldy Hill. Meet the secretive selkies who swim beyond Hilbre Island then walk on land in human form. Discover the magic of Wirral's ancient history in these enchanting dark fantasy tales.
The Karens
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,360. Language: British English. Published: March 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Karen's clones built a perfect world - and then they created Karsen... Can we overcome the prejudice between natural-born people and regenerated clones? "The Karens" is a satirical tale of gender politics, DNA cloning and the human condition.
Threads
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,630. Language: British English. Published: January 3, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Other biographies
A diverse collection of poetry dating from 1983 to 2008. Many of these poems have been previously published in "Moonstone" and "Touchstone" (the journal of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids.)
Tamsin: An Artisan-Sorcerer Story
Series: Artisan-Sorcerer, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 87,090. Language: British English. Published: December 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Two secret societies. Two very different men. Which will Tamsin choose? That a tiny minority of the Antiquarian Emporium's customers collect rare manuscripts on the occult is of no concern to Tamsin. Fabian sells his masks through the Emporium. But masks aren't the only things which hide a true identity. A tale of romance and danger. Choices and consequences. Vampires and ancient magic.
Entering the Grove
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,820. Language: British English. Published: October 29, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Spiritual awakening
What was the beyond-human being who walked into her dreams? How could mere dreams seem more real than reality? This enchanting collection of poetry describes the author's long search for answers.
Spanish Jones
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,130. Language: British English. Published: October 1, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(3.00)
Pirates, selkies and witches battle to survive in this dramatic short fantasy tale. When Charlie Porter makes a deal with Spanish Jones, he ensnares the Porter family in a vicious centuries-long feud. Can Charlie's descendent stop the violence? Set on the ruggedly beautiful Hilbre Island in the Dee Estuary, history and folklore blend to create a magically atmospheric tale.
Dark Tides
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 24,280. Language: British English. Published: September 21, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(3.00)
A collection of short fantasy fiction by Adele Cosgrove-Bray. Nightmares from ancient myths glide through our thoroughly modern world. When selkies, faeries, old gods and young mortals rub shoulders, tensions quickly flare.