Adele Cosgrove-Bray

Biography

Adele Cosgrove-Bray is the author of a series of urban fantasy/paranormal fantasy novels which follow the activities of a mysterious community of artisan-sorcerers.

Adele also writes contemporary fiction, short fiction, poetry, children's fiction and non-fiction.

She has been the elected Chair for Riverside Writers since 2003. Adele became a member of the Cryonics Institute in 2008.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Knutsford in Cheshire, England, but my family moved from there when I was aged around eight months old, so my memories of that picturesque town, with its numerous Tudor-style buildings and narrow roads, are mostly due to visiting my grandmother there. My father's job had relocated, and so we settled in Newton-le-Willows, a market town in Lancashire. We had two cats, various rabbits and a fish pond that neighbours repeatedly vandalised.

We moved again, this time to the small village of Lowton in Lancashire, which is now threatened with urban sprawl but back then it still retained its rural character. Nothing happened, or at least that's how it felt at the time. My two high school friends and I would hang-out at the local youth club, which at the height of the punk rock era was nicknamed the Lowton Vortex, and which spawned at least one band which is still playing to this day. I had toyed with being a singer, too, but quickly gave that up as a lost cause. However, I began writing poetry. My first poem, "Knight of the Sword", was published when I was only seventeen, in a small magazine called "Pipes of Pan".

As a child and teenager, I would have described my life as very ordinary. Yet our family had its tensions and its secrets bubbling away under its respectable veneer. My fiction often has a surface normality which is disrupted by hidden truths; and certainly some of the people I've known have crept into my stories, albeit in exaggerated or contextually altered forms.
When did you first start writing?
I began writing song lyrics when aged thirteen. After the band I'd formed with school friends petered out I discovered that I enjoyed writing, and so writing lyrics 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. I had to supervise a team of researchers, a photographer and a graphic designer, and oversee the printing and distribution budget.

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. In my opinion, the changes were not for the better, but penning the dream analysis column helped keep the wolf from the door. I was living alone in St Helens, Lancashire, by then; alone apart from the resident ghost, but that's another story….
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Where to find Adele Cosgrove-Bray online


Where to buy in print


Books

City Stories
By Adele Cosgrove-Bray
Series: Anthology, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 11,640. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: November 7, 2013. Category: Fiction
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
By Adele Cosgrove-Bray
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,440. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: May 30, 2013. Category: Fiction
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
By Adele Cosgrove-Bray
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,880. Language: British English. Published: December 22, 2012. Category: Fiction
"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
By Adele Cosgrove-Bray
Series: Anthology, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 13,650. Language: British English. Published: October 2, 2012. Category: Fiction
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
By Adele Cosgrove-Bray
Series: Artisan-Sorcerer, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 14,270. Language: British English. Published: September 28, 2012. Category: Fiction
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
By Adele Cosgrove-Bray
Series: Artisan-Sorcerer, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 109,780. Language: British English. Published: August 14, 2012. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Selkies, Ghosts, Terror and Romance! Morgan seems perfect, but he is a member of a mysterious occult order. Can he protect Bethany Rose from power-crazed assassins? Horrified by visitations from a black-robed spectre, Bethany Rose runs to Morgan - and straight into danger. They want to be together. But will love keep them apart? Extra Content: Book Club Questions.
Rowan: An Artisan-Sorcerer Story
By Adele Cosgrove-Bray
Series: Artisan-Sorcerer, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 100,420. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: May 19, 2012. Category: Fiction
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
By Adele Cosgrove-Bray
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,010. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2012. Category: Fiction
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
By Adele Cosgrove-Bray
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,130. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2012. Category: Fiction
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
By Adele Cosgrove-Bray
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,360. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2012. Category: Fiction
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
By Adele Cosgrove-Bray
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,630. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
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
By Adele Cosgrove-Bray
Series: Artisan-Sorcerer, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 87,090. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2011. Category: Fiction
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
By Adele Cosgrove-Bray
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,840. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
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
By Adele Cosgrove-Bray
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,140. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2011. Category: Fiction
(3.00 from 1 review)
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
By Adele Cosgrove-Bray
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 24,300. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2011. Category: Fiction
(3.00 from 1 review)
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.

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