Stephen Chbosky’s first novel, ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ has sold over 3.6 million copies in the English language. In the 20 years since, Stephen has become a prominent screenwriter and director. In 2012 he wrote and directed the film adaptation of Perks, and in 2017 penned the live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, both starring Emma Watson. He also co-wrote and directed the screenplay of the mega-bestselling novel Wonder, starring Julia Roberts. His first novel in 20 years, ‘Imaginary Friend’ is a universal tale about the power of hope and finding your way out of the darkness.
Elizabeth Woodcraft grew up on a working-class housing estate in Essex in the 1960’s. Her latest novel ‘The Girls from Greenway’ is a dramatic and nostalgic saga of two sisters coming of age in 1960´s Essex. Influenced by Elizabeth’s own teenage diaries of the sixties, it was a time of mods, rockers, music, and fashion.
Francoise DuMaurier is a Special Education Case Worker who works out of a small town in rural Georgia, which inspired the Southern Gothic setting of ‘The Grateful Boys’ It’s an otherwordly Young Adult novel which explores the challenges of growing up mixed raced in the Southern states of America.
Shelly Berry has worked in the public sector with vulnerable adults and children. During this time she developed and nurtured her love of writing. He novel ‘Outreach’ is about a woman who develops an obsession with a man who is not only married, but her boss…