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 Alex Craigie
Alex Craigie was ten when her first play was performed at school. It was in rhyming couplets and written in pencil in a book with imperial weights and measures printed on the back.
When her children were young, she wrote short stories for magazines before returning to the teaching job that she loved.
Alex lives in a small village in Pembrokeshire, Wales, and knows that she and her husband are lucky to have their children and grandchildren living nearby. It’s often chaotic and noisy but these are her most treasured moments and she savours them – even if she’s reduced to an immovable heap after they’ve gone.
As an independent author, without a big publishing machine behind her, she is very grateful to all the people who have found and bought her books – and a huge thank you to those who’ve gone out of their way to write a review on Amazon or Goodreads. These reviews make a massive difference to ‘Indies’ and the positive ones encourage other readers to risk buying a copy.
She looks forward to any contact from fellow lovers of books and any honest feedback is very welcome.
Books by Alex Craigie
One of the recent reviews for Someone Close to Home
My heart was literally pounding at times as I read about Megan’s so-called care. Megan is trapped in her own body, unable to communicate her needs and entirely dependent on others. She reflects back on her outwardly successful, inwardly turbulent life which contrasts sharply to her current, nightmarish predicament. It’s a fate no-one should endure and alerts us all to the importance of good management in care homes. At times I felt frustrated with Megan; I especially wanted her to contact Gideon earlier in the story, but as a domestic abuse survivor myself I know how easily a young person can be manipulated into a situation they would not have chosen, had they foreseen its outcome. Well-written with an acute understanding of human frailties and never succumbing to sentiment, this is an acutely observed and painfully described book that should be widely read.
Meet Dawn Doig
Dawn Doig, M.Sc., M.Ed, is the author of several children’s picture books on a variety of topics including childhood hearing loss, bullying and forgiveness, dysgraphia, and learning English as an additional language. She has been blessed with two extremely rewarding careers working with children as an audiologist and as an English as an additional language teacher. Dawn has two grown children who live in Canada. She currently resides in Cameroon with her hubby Bruce and two very rambunctious but adorable female kitties. She gets her inspiration for her children’s books from her family, the children she has the pleasure of working with, general life experiences, and her feline friends. Dawn is a passionate baker who loves to share her homemade goodies with others. She is always ready to head out on the next thrilling adventure with Bruce and they never know where the wind will blow them to next.
A selection of books by Dawn Doig
One of the recent reviews for Hair Peace
Johanita does not like her hair and tries several wigs, day after day to change who she is; but still nothing makes her feel comfortable! Johanita meets a new friend who has no hair which makes her feel more confident with her own hair. This book is a good read for young girls and women who don’t love their hair. This story confirms, that our hair doesn’t dictate who you are and we should accept who we are and find peace with our appearance. Great read.
Meet Linda G. Hill
Linda G. Hill was born and raised an only child in Southern Ontario, Canada. She credits the time she spent alone when she was growing up, reading books and building worlds and characters of her own to keep her company, as the reason she became a writer.
A stay-at-home mom of three beautiful boys, Linda is a graduate of the Writing Program at St. Lawrence College in Brockville, Ontario. Aside from caring for her family, she enjoys traveling the world, eating trout cooked on the barbecue, and, of course, reading.
Books by Linda G. Hill
A recent review for Saddled
Reviewed in the United States on May 26, 2020
Michael Throne is hired to work at the Studletter Condom company. He is the only man working there. Michael is then approached by a gaggle of women who conspire to revolt against the boss’s ”rules” of the office. Sales manager Sandra Weber is aware of the rebellious woman and keeps her eyes open.lol. The women see Michael as an opportunity to convince Sandra into changing her office rules. Instead, Michael and Sandra unite to fight against the close-minded women. One night Sandra’s friends take her to a gay male strip club where Michael dances with the alias Saddle Mcfleshbomb. Soon enough the truth is exposed and Sandra thinks Michael is gay. How is he supposed to convince Sandra he isn’t when there is a “No dating in the office rule?” I loved this book. It was so light, airy, and funny. It reminded me of a Saturday Night Live sketch. Lol. I saw it as a great satire of the “Office romance cliche’s you usually read. Lol. The slow burn was satisfying as well as the sex scene. It was tasteful and yet very, very sexy. I agree with another reviewer who said they loved the fact that Sandra and Michael become friends first before becoming lovers. I found that also refreshing. The characters were fun and the story kept my interest throughout the book.
Thank you for joining me today for this series and I will be sharing another three authors and their work every weekday during June and July. It would be great if you could share. Thanks Sally.