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Jennie Willett

About Jennie Willett

Jennie Willett
Jennie is a free-lance lecturer, trainer, therapist and writer. As a lecturer in adult teacher education, specialising in the way people learn Jenny facilitated courses at a London college on personal development. Many of her students suffered from low mood, anxiety and depression prompting her to devise tasks to lift their mood. These tasks have been included in this book. Her private practice covers personal development, stress management and cognitive behaviour therapy. She can be contacted through TSL.
Follow Jennie’s blog offering regular hints and reminders on building confidence and well-being.

Jennie has a series of titles planned for Easy Ways including dealing with managing stress and meetings.
As part of her work to help reduce stress and improve mental health, Jennie runs an art group, Art4All, in Northwood. During 2020 they could not have a physical exhibition so did one online. Jennie believes there’s an artist in everyone.

Dr Peter Connell
As a General Practitioner for forty years Peter was to dealing on a daily basis with patients suffering from depression, anxiety and a range of similar illnesses whether expressed or hidden. He found talking therapies often worked better than medication. This book incorporates many of those successful methods that eliminated the need for medication.

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Paul Ross

Paul Ross

Paul Ross is a chimney sweep and has been a professional chimney sweep for over twenty years. He started telling the stories of Rodney the chimney Sweep to his youngest daughter Heather-Jay who was then only six years old. She turned twenty-one in 2016.
Paul has always told a good story but found it hard over the years to write. When Gemma, his oldest daughter was born (she turned thirty-two in 2016), Paul walked into an adult education centre in Harrow and asked them if they could teach him how to read so he could just read a book to his daughter at bedtimes. He was twenty-one. Over the years he has discovered that having the gift of being dyslexic means not having the gift of spelling. (That’s what editors and publishers are for).

Chimney sweeps around the world are renowned as being Lucky, you may have seen them at weddings giving luck to the bride and groom as this tradition is still strong in Europe & the USA.

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Josie Arden

Josie Arden

Inspirational Voices Interview, 29 November 2015, with Josie Arden on ParaMania Radio (+/- 4min download, Josie is 1hr 4mins in)

Josie Arden was born in Peru and spoke only Spanish until the family returned to England at the outbreak of WW2, when she was eight. Even then, she was scribbling stories but only her parents could understand her dramatic tales, written, in “Spanglish”. After the war, she ran a thriving little business making Halloween witches’ costumes from discarded blackout curtains, for her friends.

At a small private school for 23 pupils, run by a dedicated teacher who taught ten subjects and cooked daily lunch for everybody, Josie learned the value of filling “the unforgiving minute”. With A-levels in English, French, Latin and History of Art, Josie studied Dress Design at Nottingham Art College. She worked one year in Paris, two years on the Daily Mirror and finally managed the London office of a Yorkshire advertising agency.

Marriage, raising two sons, the care of four other children and nursing a husband who needed twelve operations in fourteen years, brought writing to a temporary halt.

One hobby she shared with her husband was caravanning. Despite being so often ill, he insisted on their annual trips around France. Fortunately, they had both qualified on a towing induction course, so no problem for Josie to take over the towing.

Josie opened her keyboard again, as a widow and published her blockbuster novel, Broken Ties of Time at the age of 82. Concurrently, being a member of the Harrow Writers’ Circle, she was, as she put it, “never not witing”. Josie is much travelled and her stories, some true, some imagined, reflect not only her diverse experiences, but her close international friendships. She hopes This and That, her first volume of short stories, will lighten the tedium of your daily commute or any boring hours when you may be confined to the sick bed.

Article on Josie in My Pinner News (December 2015, p14)

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About Broken Ties of Time
If feuding drug barons were plotting to take over your home, which had been in the family for 400 years, wouldn’t you strive to preserve it for a while longer?

With no male heir and his free-spirited daughter, Maria, off abroad, Lord Richard Winsforth is in despair. The house Mecastra is in decay. Not wishing to lay the burden of its repairs on Marla while she is young, he nevertheless fears fortune hunters as men profess their love for his beautiful daughter.

Marla’s first relationship triggers cataclysmic and sinister events which nearly destroy the old house and it is only the doggedness of one man and his love for the Lady Marla which turns its grisly fortunes around.

What people are saying about Broken Ties of Time

A gripping thriller and romance

It is a good ‘page turner’

I couldn’t put the book down

A surprising amount of intrigue amongst so many characters

Penetrating observation of different walks of life


This and That Vol 1

1. >A Day to Remember
2. A Flower for my Love
3. Can Do, Cindy
4. Carry on Red Cross
5. Chelsea and QPR
6. Dare You To
7. End of the Road
8. Every Dog has his Day
9. Fancy that
10. First Man Down
11. For All of Us
12. Foxton Locks
13. In Production
14. Jeopardy in Josselin
15. Just a little Pet
16. Let there be Light
17. Lotta Terracotta
18. McDonald at the Menhirs
19. Meet the 10:25 Huh!
21. Midnight Madness
22. Millie’s Ghost



This and That Vol 2

1. My Tiger
2. No Greater Love
3. One Sarong Doesn’t Make a Right
4. Poison Lady
5. Redemption
6. Shades of Love
7. Small is Beautiful
8. The Black Leather Jacket
9. The Chasm of Years
10. The Good Secretary
11. The Last Rose of Summer
12. The Most Important Chapter
13. The Nameless Boys
14. The Spanish Christmas
15. The Sunhat
16. The Unscheduled Delivery
17. Top Tec
18. Two in a Million
19. VE Day Surprise
20. Wheeling Feeling Blue
21. Tricks from the Past
22. York Express
23. Moment of Truth
24. Barking Mad
25. Orphan Alley


What people are saying about This and That

A collection of short stories, some autobiographical, some fictional

Is very easy reading

 

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David Ferris

David Ferris

Not long after Dave signed the contract for TSL to publish his work, on 6 December 2016, the night the final proof arrived from the printer, Dave passed away. He never saw his work in print.

In addition to writing all the poems, Dave also drew the pictures which illustrate the book. Other drawings of his can be found on the cover of Michael’s Magic Motor Car and in Rhys’s adventures. Dave was a member of Phrase Writers in Hillingdon where he shared his many talents. It was thanks to group members that the book was able to be published – they transcribed and edited Dave’s poems when he was too ill to do so.

I never got to meet Dave and only ‘knew’ him from friends at his writers’ group.

As David explains in the Introduction to his Little Orange Book:

My writings and drawings came about with the need to occupy my time when retirement arrived. Having no intention of aiming for a Booker prize or becoming a Poet Laureate, I wrote because it amused me to do so.
One day however, I found a reason to dust it all off, tidy it up and see what I could about turning it into cash. I decided to become a fundraiser for a charity that, initially knowing little of it, I had reason to gain firsthand knowledge of the valuable and much needed work they are involved in.
I am supporting Macmillan Cancer Support and all profit from my work goes straight to that caring organisation.
Most of the stuff within is light-hearted, a bit silly sometimes, and now and again has a twist at the end. I have included very few serious poems and there are a couple of brain teasers (not at all easy) to test your little grey cells.

Please support Macmillan Cancer Support by purchasing both of Dave’s Little Orange Books: The secret life of creatures and other poems and The girls in the queue and other poems.

The secret life of creatures and other poems

is split into three parts, Part 2 being a little more serious and prose-like than the others.

Part One: The Secret Life of Creatures
When Bella met Lenny
Big is Beautiful
Princely Delusions
Cocky Little…
The Suburban Fox
That’s Me in the Shellsuit
Really Rather Fabulous

Part Two: Our Soldiery
Portina Brook
The Family Have Been Informed
Within the Sound of St. Bartholomew’s Bell
July 1917

Part Three: The Secret Life of Creatures – continued
Independants
Falklands Stanley
Ian’s Plea to Janice
A Mother’s Son
The Last in Line
The Prowler
The Plaintive Cry of the Goldfish


For a taster, here’s some of WHEN BELLA MET LENNY

She loved to swim in waters dark and muddy,
For Isabella was aquatic to the point of genius,
She longed however for a pal or p’raps a buddy,
Did the large and rather heavy, lady hippopotamus.

A problem then had blighted this poor lasses life,
You see, Dear Isabella was, in size, enormous,
She doubted that she’d ever gain the title wife,
So convinced was she her chances were quite dubious

What people are saying about The Secret Life of Creatures

5* – I am delighted with it

The girls in the queue and other poems

What’s so Great About being Eight?
Black Thoughts
Mills and Boone
Good Luck Billy Groves
Breaking Up
Breaking Up Again
Evolver
Poor Icarus
Getting Nearer To The Time …
Life’s a Beach
Sir Edgar’s Eldest
The Curmudgeonly Manor Retirement Home
On Discovering a Word I Didn’t Know I Knew
The Paper Boy’s Tale
The Plan
Love A Bargain
Mr Jason W. Truehat
The Legacy
More Front Than Brighton
Family Ties
The Comeuppance
Birds, Bees, Girls
Little Joe McFinicky
Senior Moments
The Labours of Ron
The Girls In the Queue
The East Anglian Odyssey
The Mother of Invention



It’s A Bloke Thing
Whatever Happened to …?
Of Grave Concern
The Numbers Game
Remembering
The Surprise
W.V.M. on the A40 near Denham
A Consumer Dilemma
Our Hero, Our Friend
The Sound of Music
The Norman Conquest
Age Concern
Riddle poem
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Carrying
The English Patent
A Eurowarning
The Ginger Bread Man
In the Mood
It’s a Historical Fact
It’s Another Historical Fact
Miss White and the Seven Mini-Miners
Run, John, Run
When Films Were Black and White
Woodland Folk
The Wedding Plans

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Paola Eliahoo

About Paola

Paola Eliahoo is interested in emerging digital technology and has followed the progress of the top cryptocurrency coins for over two years. She invested a small amount in cryptocurrency in 2014 (XRP was the coin). She has experienced the highs and lows of investing, entertained along the way by the creative crypto enthusiasts on Youtube.

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Anna Ryland

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About Anna


Anna has been working as a journalist for many years. Born in Warsaw she came to Britain in the 1980s. The stories of the main characters of the novel reflect her own experiences, as well as that of other Poles she has met in Britain. Anna lives in London with her husband and two sons. A Second Chance is her debut novel.

In July 2017, TSL author Leslie Tate met up with Anna Ryland for an interview.

Harrow Times profiles Anna (January 2017)
Anna speaks to Leslie Tate on Radio Dacorum (July 2018)

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