STEVE DIXON

Father, Grand-Father. Poet. Also the creator and founder of Pretty Pug Publishing. Cricketer, a season ticket holder at Woking FC (for his sins!)

Steve's debut book (written during the 'initial' lockdown in 2020*) Poems from a Depressed Mind is available in the shop now.

 

On his ever growing to do list is a follow-up compilation of short stories in the same genre.

2021 Update: Also in the shop is his new super-hero children's book, Monkey-Dog!

STEPH DAISY

All - as above. Yes, Steph Daisy is Steve Dixon. To keep the adult and children's books separate - a softer pen name was chosen for the younger readers genre.

The debut book 'Tigers Really Aren't That Scary!' is available in the shop now.

There are lots more animal and bedtime stories planned in the very near future.

JON BALL

Jon Ball has lived a highly creative existence since the earliest years. A successful Photographer, Author, and Illustrator: he likes to think he can sing, dance and play the guitar but those close to him admit that he can do the first but not the last two.

 

They have yet to break that news to him.

 

With a portion of his mind that is still child-like and a sense of wonderment that seems not to have abated over the years, he loves the process of creating something from nothing, particularly children’s stories, but has published sci-fi and supernatural thrillers for grown ups.

 

He lives in Dorset with his two girls, Dizzy and Bailey (both Cockapoos).

Find his debut book: Me, You and The Last Blue Gnu in the shop

SHARON BYRNE  

Writer | Producer | Lecturer 

Sharon Lives in Whitstable but was born in Dublin. She graduated from the University of Middlesex in 1997 with a BA in Creative Writing. Sharon’s first play, a black comedy, ‘Charlie’s Wake’ was performed at the Finborough Theatre, Earls Court in 2001.

 

After a break to concentrate on motherhood, Sharon wrote Gutted. Gutted was accepted as part of the Marlowe Roar programme in 2017, as part of their new writing initiative.

Gutted, also a screenplay, co-written with writer Melissa Garner Lee was shortlisted in the Moondance Film Festival in Los Angeles.

 

Sharon has lectured at the University of Kent for six years in Writing for Stage & Screen on their Combined Studies Programme and now currently lectures at Christ Church University in Screenwriting.

 

She is working on her next play Battered. To see Sharon’s full bio click here

Gutted is available in the shop now!

LUCY VARLEY

Journalist | Blogger | Author 

 

Lucy lives in Liverpool with her partner, son, and their two sprocker spaniels, Luna and Bramble. She is a Features Editor at a major press agency, working alongside victims of the most unthinkable crimes to share their stories, and to encourage others to fight for justice.

 

She also runs a lifestyle blog and became a first-time mum to her precious little boy in November 2019. 

During the first lockdown in March 2020, she spent her son’s nap-times writing her debut children’s book Disbelieving Dusty which you can buy from the shop here.

 

Disbelieving Dusty is the story of a downtrodden moth’s beautiful journey of friendship and self-acceptance, which she hopes will teach young children the invaluable lesson that no matter how inadequate you may feel, you are always more precious than you can possibly imagine to those around you.
 

MATT EDWARDS

Matt is first and foremost a husband to his beautiful wife Becky and dad to his two mischievous boys, Dominic and Joey. He works as a primary school teacher in a small village in Somerset and describes his vision of education as ‘whimsical and magical’.

He can often be found traveling (before the world went into lockdown) or visiting his favourite theme parks.

He loves telling stories and describes his style of writing as ‘bouncy’ and this is proved with his debut book ‘Same Old School’ which is now available
in the shop.

[Steve Dixon edit:] All I can say is it is an absolute bonkers read that will appeal to both children and adults, and have you laughing out loud together. 

 

Claire Land

 

Claire lives in Hastings on the East Sussex coast with her family and a very curious cat. 

 

Claire is inspired by nature, the sea, and the children she works with.  A few years ago, she gave guided tours of Hastings seafront where she learnt about both its history and current activities. 

 

Part of the tour included increasing the awareness of the RNLI.  The stories she heard stirred a passion for writing which has resulted in her writing her first children’s picture book.  (COMING SOON!)

Claire moved around a lot during her early life and then again with her work, her first book is a gentle introduction to new beginnings and making friends.  

Ross Fraser

 

Ross lives in Aberdeenshire with his wife Jennifer, and daughter Megan.

 

He never thought he would be a writer, it wasn't his childhood dream. In fact, he didn't learn to read or write until he was 10. Ross has high functioning autism and is dyslexic.

On top of the autism and dyslexia, 13 years ago, in a freak home accident - he broke his spine and hasn't been able to work since. Not out of choice but circumstance.

But this hasn't stopped him from wanting the best for his family - "When I found out my wife was expecting our daughter I wanted to find a way to provide for my family" and he hopes to provide a small contribution through his books.

 

His story has made both the local and national press - but Ross did not go looking for any attention - a local reporter saw a facebook post of his and it went from there.

His beautifully written children's story 'Kaleidoscope' will be coming out later this year and is being subtly and sensitively illustrated to be more accessible for autistic children.

At Pretty Pug we cannot wait to share his book with The World, and I am sure you all join us in wishing him every success with it. Pretty Pug will also be donating £1 from every sale to Ross's chosen charity - Triple A's

Shirley Anne Cook

 

Shirley was born in Crawley, Sussex but now lives in Denham in Buckinghamshire. A former primary school teacher, she enjoys writing stories and poems. Shirley is a four-time winner of the Swanwick writing prize.

Her poems have been published in a number of magazines and anthologies and been placed in numerous competitions including Plough, Mslexia and Bridport.

Shirley's books for children are written under the name Shirley Harber and have also been placed in competitions.

One of Shirley’s passions is genealogy and she recently published her first non-fiction book, ‘Broadfield House: History and Memories.’ Broadfield House is a Georgian mansion in Crawley. Shirley grew up in its shadow and this book traces its history and the lives of those who lived there.

You can find out more about Shirley's writing by visiting:

 

https://shirleyannecook.wordpress.com/about/

https://shirleyharberauthor.wordpress.com/young-adults-books/

Simone Mansell Broome

 

Simone was born in Wales but has lived mostly in Berkshire, Bristol, London and Brighton. In 2007 she returned to Wales to live and work on a small organic farm, where guests have come to glamp, camp, attend workshops, eat great food and, sometimes, get married. This family business was pretty hectic until early 2020…

One good thing about the lockdowns is that Simone has reclaimed much more of her time for writing, including more poetry, a collaboration with an M.A. student at the University of Bucharest on the translation of 50 of Simone’s earlier poems, commissioned pieces for ITV Sport, a blog about life in West Wales during the pandemic – which she has just turned into an ebook, ‘A Year of Going Nowhere’, another ebook compilation of some of her performance poetry, ‘Getting Off Lightly’ and, of course...

 

The story the Stowaway family of mice, Valletta and the Year of Changes’ which is available for pre-order now in the Pretty Pug Shop!

The things that matter most to Simone – apart from the written and the spoken word – are her family, the environment, her menagerie of animals, and finding humour even in the darkest of moments, being a glass-half-full kind of woman!

Kevin (Heaton) Wilson

 

Born in Stalybridge, near Manchester, Kevin trained as a journalist. He says "It was the best decision I ever made. I was very shy, and it not only gave me the confidence to deal with people - albeit with many difficult people! but it also enabled me to earn a living from doing what I have always enjoyed - writing"

He has worked in Stockport, Bolton, and Bury, before moving to Herefordshire; He then moved into public relations, working for local authorities in Southampton, Harrow, and Barnet.

He also been a postman, run a gift shop, and been a glass engraver.

Kevin's biggest change came when he set himself up as a freelancer, living on the Isle of Wight, but traveling to work at various locations.

A few years later, he eased out of full-time work, and founded Origins Theatre; writing plays, and often appearing in them.

The writing bug, however, has never left him, and after graduating with a BA Hons in Literature through the Open University, he began to explore writing fiction, including short stories.

He wrote his first crime fiction novel Every Reason under the name Heaton Wilson about four years ago. Whatever It Takes - his latest book is the second in the series. 

We are delighted to have Kevin on board here at Pretty Pug Publishing and Kevin is "Excited to publish my first collection of short stories very soon"

Polly Perro

 

Newbie children's picture book author and illustrator, hard-working wife and mum to three feral children!... well practically! And housemaid to Elmo, a French Bulldog X.  Lover of all things nature and outdoorsy with an artistic twist. 

 

Born, bred, and living in the South East, with a little time living in Lancashire, I am extremely fortunate to be surrounded by fields, animals, the natural environment, and even close to the sea.

 

I hope that the series of books that I am composing will encourage others to get out and immerse themselves in the places we are so lucky to have access to and that they will enthrall and educate their little readers!

I’m so excited to be embarking on this journey with Pretty Pug;

 

Having written a number of short picture book stories but lacking the confidence to release them to the world - well - just another person actually! Talking to Steve at Pretty Pug has given me the confidence to GO FOR IT! 

Katharine Jones

 

Katharine Jones lives in a small town in the peak district.


Since an early age, she has been creative and enjoyed writing both poems and short stories, when she had her twin daughters she enjoyed reading books to them regularly and this inspired her to write her own children's stories, she wanted to get them published so she could enjoy reading the books to her own children and many others.


As well as writing stories, Katharine also enjoys writing songs, playing guitar, ukulele, and singing and hopes to inspire her own children to be creative in their own way as they grow up.

The first in her hide and seek series of books will be COMING SOON to the Pretty Pug shop!

COULD YOU BE NEXT?

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