There are over 150 authors in the Cafe and Bookstore and I wanted to keep it to key pieces of information such as buying links, recent review, website and covers. However, I know that readers also like to know more about the background of authors.
In this series during June and July I will share the bios of all the authors in the cafe in a random selection. I hope that this will introduce you to the authors in more depth and encourage you to check out their books and follow them on their blog and Twitter.
Meet Hugh W. Roberts
My name is Hugh. I live in the city of Swansea, South Wales, in the United Kingdom.
I’m a passionate blogger and have been blogging since February 2014. My blog covers a wide range of subjects, the most popular of which are my posts on blogging tips. I’ve learned a lot about the world of blogging since I first discovered it. All of the tips and advice I give are free of charge and will cost you nothing apart from, maybe, a little bit of your time.
I have always enjoyed writing, and the fact I suffer from a mild form of dyslexia has not stopped me from enjoying the passion I have for writing.
Now in my fifties, I thought it about time I let my writing become public. Becoming a blogger seemed to be the perfect way for me to do this. Blogging has put me in touch with hundreds of other writers, many of whom have been supportive and helped me with my writing.
I lead a happy life and always try to stay positive. I share my life with John, my wonderful civil partner, and our two Welsh Cardigan Corgis, Toby and Austin.
I write about life because I find it so fascinating. I have many stories to tell, some of which I have started to put into a book. I think my life has been incredible and I want to share it with anyone who wants to listen. I am also an excellent listener, and I love to be interactive with other people. I guess you could say I am a ‘people person’.
You will find some of my short stories and flash fiction on my blog, and I hope you enjoy reading them. Flash Fiction has become a big part of my writing, and I enjoy participating in various writing challenges.
Books by Hugh W. Roberts
One of the recent reviews for Glimpses
After reading Roberts’s second story collection, “More Glimpses”, I looked forward to checking out his first one, “Glimpses”. It didn’t disappoint! Again, the e-book’s cover, layout, and table of contents with summaries of the stories are professional and attractive. The stories are sad, sweet, romantic, funny, unimaginable, devastating. Most short; some on the longer end. The reader’s emotions are bound to swing between extremes as the characters encounter different situations in these well-written tales.
Elements of surprise pop up as Roberts continues to draw you in and baffle you with his twists and endings. I especially enjoyed his series of vignettes about a bride and groom, ending with “Mother of the Bridegroom”; a brilliant finale! Other favorites: “The Easter Bunny”, “What If Summer Never Arrives?”, “Lipstick”, “The Gingerbread House”, and “The Library”.
Because of the diversity of the stories and Roberts’s masterful use of his imagination and craft, there is truly something for everybody in his books – and on his website, “Hugh’s Views & News”. There, he’s been creating a plethora of wonderful new stories, worthy of a third collection!
Meet Gwen M. Plano
Gwendolyn M. Plano, aka Gwen M. Plano, grew up in Southern California and spent most of her professional life in higher education. She taught and served as an administrator in colleges in Japan, New York, Connecticut, and California. Gwen’s academic background is in theology and counseling. Recently retired, she now lives in the Midwest with her husband and enjoys writing and travel.
Gwen’s first book is an acclaimed memoir. In Letting Go into Perfect Love: Discovering the Extraordinary After Abuse, Gwen bravely recounts a violent marriage and the faith that opened her heart to hope, to trust, and to awe. Alternately heart-wrenching and joyful, Letting Go into Perfect Love is a powerful story of triumph over adversity–one woman’s inspiring account of learning how to forgive the unforgivable, recover her sense of self, open her heart, and honor the journey home.
Gwen’s second book, The Contract between Heaven and Earth, is the first of her thriller series and is co-authored by John W. Howell, published in June 2018. Author Jan Sikes wrote that “The Contract is the perfect blending between the physical and unseen world with unbreakable bonds between human and spirit.”
The Choice: unexpected heroes, the second in her thriller series, was published in June 2019 and continues the story.
Books by Gwen Plano
One of the recent reviews for The Choice on Goodreads
After getting to know Gwen Plano through her blog and reading her extraordinarily candid memoir, Letting Go into Perfect Love: Discovering the Extraordinary after Abuse, as well as her thriller, The Contract, I looked forward to reading the sequel, The Choice. I recommend reading The Contract first, but if not, no worries, Plano does an excellent job providing the reader with the backstory in her Foreword. The Choice is a thrilling page-turner with romance sprinkled throughout, which I loved. If you enjoy a fast-moving story, filled with suspense, romance and well-developed characters, I highly recommend this book!
Meet Margaret Lindsay Holton
About Margaret Lindsay Holton extract from Wikipedia
Margaret Lindsay Holton is a Canadian artist primarily known for her ‘naive-surreal-folk-abstracts’ oil and acrylic paintings, pinhole photography, short documentary film productions, poetry and literary novel works.
Holton is the winner of the K.W. Irmisch ‘Arts Person of the Year’ Award in 2016 from the City of Burlington. In 2018, she received the Alumni of Influence award by University College, University of Toronto and was nominated for the Premier of Ontario Arts Award.
Holton studied English Literature at the University of Toronto, and produced her first written works in the 1980s. She began her first novel, Economic Sex, while working as an English tutor in Spain in 1984. This literary work was published by Coach House Press of Toronto, under pen-name, Ali Janna Whyte, in 1985.
She produced and edited ‘The Spirit of Toronto: 1934-1984′, a compendium of essays by religious leaders of 45 different faiths highlighting multiculturalism in Toronto. Launched at Fort York, a hard copy was presented to the Pope’s personal secretary.
Holton registered her artist’s press, Acorn Press Canada, in Ontario, in 1997. As a writing artist, she published her second novel, The Gilded Beaver by Anonymous, (1999), as well as two books of poetry, On Top of Mount Nemo (2002), and Bush Chord, (2006, with an e-edition in 2012) under her artists’ imprint. The Gilded Beaver by Anonymous novel won the Hamilton Arts Council ‘Best Fiction Award’ in 1999. Her third novel, and Finalist for the Hamilton Book Awards, TRILLIUM, was first released in October of 2018.’
Fine Furniture Design & Construction
Holton apprenticed with her father, the late Luther Janna Holton (1922-2002), cabinetmaker and sole-proprietor of Holton Fine Furniture of Hamilton before going into business for herself in 1986 as a Canadian fine furniture designer in Toronto under ‘MLH Productions’.
Her furniture works can be found in national public and international private collections, including the Royal Ontario Museum, (curio box & display cabinets), the Canadian Film Centre, (library reception), Stanley Ho of Hong Kong (bedroom & dining room suite), David C.W. MacDonald of Toronto (‘Temagami’ pedestals, ‘Wolf Settee Courting Bench’ & ‘Thee Mirror), Rosamond Ivey of Toronto (bedroom suite) and Elizabeth Hanson of Toronto (children beds).
Books by Margaret Holton
One of the reviews for Trillium on Goodreads
A compelling family drama of love, hate and everything in-between. Trillium is a multi-family saga, told over several generations. A story of the European settlement in the wine-making region known as Niagara in the Golden Horseshoe region, Ontario, Canada. Spanning over a 250 year period from 1750’s to 2001.
Three men settle to make their fortune and raise their families. The story sweeps through each family story, moving onto the next generation, revealing unrequited love, family loyalties, misplaced trust, and retribution. As the financial success of those who have passed is handed down through inheritance, it brings with it greed and heartbreak. Characters to love and hate, leap from the pages, as the author has filled the storyline with descriptive prose throughout. I love this in a book, to be able to imagine the scene, the people because it really pulls you in to a story.
There are plenty twists to keep the reader compelled throughout, which is why I would recommend this book as a thoroughly enjoyable read
Thank you for dropping in today and I hope that you have enjoyed meeting more of the authors in the Cafe and Bookstore and discovering their books. Thanks Sally.