Nom de Plumes
Alex loved his family and his native Scotland, especially the sound and swirl of the bagpipes. A talented writer, he became the editor of the student magazine whilst at the same university where he met his wife. Later, when the children came along, his creative side was expressed in writing a series of stories for their bedtime reading.
There followed a long and varied career at Barclay’s Bank, which was unexpectedly cut short. He underwent and survived a heart transplant at Wythenshawe Hospital, after which, and extremely grateful, he characteristically became a volunteer, eventually taking on the role of Public Governor with responsibility for England (apart from the Greater Manchester Area).
For the next fifteen years Alex tried to live life to the full. Amongst his various ventures, he joined several creative writing groups. BEYOND THE BRACKETS was one such group, and is proud to testify how much its members appreciated, benefitted from, and enjoyed his hallmark razor sharp wit.
Hebe has always led a challenging and busy family life and is still heavily involved in caring for some of her four grandchildren. She is a keen life-long learner, confirmed by studying for and achieving a BA in Humanities in her forties whilst helping her family renovate a farmhouse in Normandy.
Travelling has always been an important part of her life; she has visited many parts of Europe and even toured New Zealand in a campervan.
She is a committed member of several groups, one of which involves using the internet to teach basic English to children in India. She also finds time to paint, walk, keep fit and sing in a local choir. Another important aspect of her life is creative writing, which is something she finds pleasurable and as a useful means of self-expression.
Eve Grey was born in France and moved to England when she was four years old. Now aged fifteen, she lives in Cheshire with her family.
She loves horse riding, music, going to combat classes and gym training.
A prolific story teller from a very early age, her first book was self-published when she was still at primary school. Since then, she has contributed to various anthologies. Like all serious writers, she has an interesting relationship with her fictional characters.
Ruby Wellington was born in Brisbane, Australia, where she spent her first few years travelling with her missionary parents. The family needed to return to the United Kingdom and her father found employment as an underground train driver. She enjoyed London, but now lives in Cheshire.
Living in a Victorian house, Ruby loves old and second hand items, especially clothes. Even her rescue animals and foster children have all been pre-loved.
Having gained a BSc, she sees herself as an educated ragamuffin. She loves dancing, camping and acting. A recent achievement was when she won a local talent competition with her surprisingly realistic impression of a kookaburra.
Ruby’s faith and outlook on life is reflected in her quirky observational writing.
Rosalie Ross joined the Women’s Royal Air Force at the age of seventeen where she trained as a nurse. Upon her discharge, and suffering from a bad case of wanderlust, she spent several years working as a casual seasonal worker in hotels and holiday camps in the Scottish Highlands and on England’s East Coast.
She became a Christian at the age of twenty-eight and spent a year at a Methodist Bible College. Five years later, she settled down to marriage and children.
Always having felt the urge to write, her first book took her almost eleven years to complete – due to life’s ups-and-downs. Her second book was completed soon after. She is currently working on her third.
Her motivation for writing, and her heartfelt desire, is that her work speaks to someone, somewhere, about the reality of God’s love, and that they too will come to know Him as their Faithful Companion along life’s uncertain paths.
Rosalie has written the following books:-
The Hidden Path
My High Tower
Robyn's writing dreams began in high school and came to fruition after she gained her Masters in Creative Writing.
Her books are set primarily in Cheshire. Her writing incorporates British and Asian cultures and is in a variety of genres. So far, under her belt, she has amassed a comprehensive collection of works in contemporary fiction, supernatural horror, crime thriller, and a collection of short stories published in India.
She loves most things creative, including baking, pickle making, crocheting, painting and keeping company with fellow writers. She also runs writing groups for all ages.
As well as short story collections, Robyn has written the following books:-
A Fine Balance
Goods By Hand
Footsteps of Galatea
Where to buy in print
Beyond The Brackets
by Nom de Plumes
This Anthology contains an eclectic mix of work from five contemporary writers who have not held back from opening their hearts. The stories are contemplative, whimsical and adventurous. The flash fiction incisive, unpredictable and fantastical. The poetry reflective, heart-warming and intriguing. Mirror-like, the challenging issues will leave the reader taking stock of their own lives ...
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