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April’s Featured 5 authors

War Kids

1. Hayley Lawson, author of War Kids and current Kickstarter campaigner

Hayley Lawson

Hayley Lawson is the author of War Kids. She has written a young adult contemporary novel set in Syria; a story about the Syrian Civil war though the eyes of children.

She was born in Lancaster, England. Growing up in a single parent household with five other siblings; was hard, and also character building.

Diagnosed with dyslexic at an early age, she always believed if you work hard you can do anything you want. If she didn’t know how to do something she would research until she did.

Hayley’s Author Page Hayley’s Interview and Kickstarter

2. Amber Spiler, author of The Secret of Blackwatch

Amber SpilerAmber’s enthusiasm for horses led her to pen The Secret of Blackwatch, weaving her own experiences into this delightful story for tween audiences. Drawing from the stories her father shared with her about ponies with wings, Amber cleverly combines fantasy; including medieval, mythology and magic within a contemporary world. Interwoven within this magical world of pony-mad girls, Amber addresses the real life issue of facing and overcoming the hardship of losing people you love but learning to find and hold onto the emotional bond that will last forever.

Amber’s Author Page

3. M.H. Soars, author of The Prophecy Arcadia: Book I in the Arcadian Wars series

MH SoarsM. H. Soars is what we like to call a United Nations child. She was born in the United States but grew up in several different countries which gave her a broader perspective of life. She has always been passionate about books and stories and at a certain point had a comic book series going.

With a background in fashion design she always thought she was going to follow that path. But the characters in her head kept begging to be set free. So she decided to write their stories. A couple of years and a baby later, the first installment of her Arcadian Wars series is finally done.

M.H. Soars’ Author Page

4. Michael Wessels, author of The Singular Illusion

Michael WesselsMichael Wessels was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. His family moved to England when he was 7 and then again to Canada when he was 9. His writing is greatly influenced by his parents, a fine artist and doctor, as well as his older brother. From them he learned everything he knows about hard work, creativity, and the love for fiction.

He has enjoyed building with his hands and mind for most of his life, often having to invent new ways of keeping himself occupied. He wrote his first short story when he was 10 and knew he enjoyed writing and creating whole worlds within his imagination.

Michael’s Author Page

5. Samuel P. Jones, author of the Birds of Paradise series

Samuel P Jones… a 50-something single man born in the UK, but grew-up and worked for 40 years in Ireland. Ten years ago gave up the six figure salary, sold the Georgian town house and moved to France to “Live the Dream”
Settling in a busy market town in the North of Les Gers department Sam opened a small café with internet facilities and settled gently into the new French lifestyle. However his marriage soon floundered and he was left to continue his dream alone.

Finding a life partner is difficult at the best of times, but in a foreign country, with limited language skills is nigh-on impossible.

Sam’s Author Page

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