About Steph, our 'Picture This' judge:
I was born and raised in Glasgow on the west coast of Scotland. I completed secondary school in 1979 and I attended Glasgow Caledonian University where I graduated with a degree in accountancy in 1982.
My career turned to the world of forensic science within the largest police force in Scotland at the time. After 5 years training I became a fully qualified fingerprint expert and continued in this post for 30 years.
I left the world of forensic science on 31 March 2013 and renewed my interest in writing and I moved to the Costa Del Sol in October 2016 to enjoy my retirement.
When I am not writing my interests include volunteer work, sports and travelling.
Sheena has only started writing stories in the last year, although she has been thinking about it for a long time.
A fascination with the human condition and complexities of life that has developed with the twists and turns of her own life. She has always been an avid reader and, following a career teaching music, now has her ideal job working as a freelance fiction editor and proof reader. She lives in Nottinghamshire with her wife.
Stories have been published in Secret Attic anthologies, Café Lit online magazine, Glittery Literary anthologies, and The Writer’s Club website.
Thomas Elson’s stories have been published in numerous venues, including Ellipsis, Better Than Starbucks, The Cabinet of Heed, Flash Frontier, Short Édition, Journal of Expressive Writing, Dead Mule School, The Selkie, The New Ulster, The Lampeter, and Adelaide. He divides his time between Northern California and Western Kansas.
His Baby Girl – Better Than Starbucks
Old Stomping Grounds – Ellipsis Journal
The Day After Independence Day – Cabinet of Heed
Bunched Together – Dead Mule School
Continuity – Flash Frontier (New Zealand)
For Seven Years – Short Édition (France)
Mick is a Cornishman living in the township of Umlazi in South Africa. (That’s a story in itself !) He’s an avid reader who admires well-written prose and an occasional poem. Much of his life has been spent in construction where he honed a sense of humour which is evident in his storytelling, now fifty short stories strong. He writes as he sees, hears, feels, imagines. Mick has no writing qualifications - his first short story, Shades of Gray, was a competition entry and published in August 2021 by Secret Attic. Since then a further twelve have been published in anthologies or online.
As a writer, Maisie currently hides behind the name of her cat, hoping that one day she will have the confidence to write under her own name. She has loved writing since an early age, and has attended two very different creative writing classes in the course of the last twenty years. The second of these classes led to the formation of a small, informal writers’ group which aims to meet monthly to provide support, encouragement and constructive criticism to its members.
As well as publication on the Secret Attic website, Maisie has recently had a number of short stories published in women’s magazines, and appropriately enough some articles and a blog post in ‘Your Cat’. She also occasionally attempts to write poetry, and two of her poems have found their way into magazines – much to her surprise!
Maisie still works part time, and is looking forward to retirement and having more time to devote to her writing. She is hoping that this will enable her to write longer and more complex work. For the moment, she loves the thrill of seeing her name in print, and hopes that her stories bring enjoyment to her readers.
Originally from Australia, Cheryl Burman moved to the Forest of Dean, UK, in 2008 via a few years in Switzerland. It was the Forest which inspired her to write (as it has inspired many others, including Tolkien).
She is the author of a fantasy trilogy Guardians of the Forest, written after the people’s successful fight in 2010 to save England’s public forests from being sold to the highest bidder. In April 2021 she released her first novel for grown-ups only. Keepers, women’s fiction set in Australia in 1950, has received many five star ratings across the UK, the Americas and Australia. Her flash fiction, short stories and bits of her novels have won various commendations, including long listing for the Historical Writers Association 2020 short story competition.
Under her other name of Cheryl Mayo, she’s active in the Forest of Dean Local History Society, is the chair of Dean Writers Circle and a founder of Dean Scribblers, which encourages the creative writing spark in young people in the community. She is married with two grown children and a border collie, Sammy, who is the author of his own popular book, Sammy’s Walks.
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Yvonne was a librarian for over 15 years before working in children’s publishing – but she loves writing for adults. Her work has featured in a range of publications, from Sugar Magazine to Your Cat Magazine and Northern Life Magazine, as well as ranking highly in competitions. She has featured in online publications including Café Lit Magazine and The Secret Attic. She has successfully had pieces of flash fiction featured multiple times on The Daily Drabble as well as Paragraph Planet. Her debut horror stories were published as part of Demain Publishing’s Short Sharp Shock Series. Her horror has featured in Siren Magazine, Schlock Magazine and Frost Zone Zine, with her science fiction on sites such as 365 tomorrows and Raven Cage magazine. She resides in Yorkshire, England with her partner and cat where she writes down her unusual thoughts. She is proficient at typing around a cat who does not respect personal space.
Cindy Pereira, born and raised in Bangalore, India prefers to be called a story teller rather than a writer. Her love for making up stories began at a very young age when her dolls became the actors for scripts written in her mind. This turned to writing in middle school when she and her best friend wrote stories for each other, complete with binding and cover pages. Some of her stories spark out of actual life events and some are just yarns.
Cindy is keen on taking part in short story competitions and has participated in several within India and internationally. She is the winner in the 18+ age group category of Lockdown Diaries, (organised by Secure Giving in aid of Concern India Foundation), in the Short Story segment held in January 2021.
She has also self-published several books and short stories which can be found under her name on this website.
Cindy has a Master’s Degree in English Literature and loves to trek, run and just ‘catch the sun.’ She is married and lives with her husband in Bangalore.
Susmita Ramani lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two daughters, and twelve pets. In her other lives, she’s a lawyer, a member of an improvisational theatre group, and a singer. Her fiction has appeared in Secret Attic, The Wondrous Real Magazine, 365 Tomorrows, The Daily Drunk, 100 Words, Six Sentences, 50 Word Stories, Vine Leaves Press, and The Drabble.
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