Authors

Self Made

Bianca Miller-Cole is the hugely successful entrepreneur and finalist from The Apprentice 2014 who went on to major business success, founding the BE group and hosiery brand, Bianca Miller London. She is an indemand public speaker and was awarded a Power Profile by Linked in 2016.

Byron Cole is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, public speaker, investor, philanthropist and mentor to entrepreneurs and students. He runs the BLC Group, an umbrella company that look after his many business interest

‘Successful entrepreneurs learn fast. Self Made is a fantastic way to learn an incredible amount of hugely
practical information very, very quickly.’
Dhiraj Mukherjee – co-founder of Shazam, investor and business consultant

‘This book offers practical advice for anyone thinking of starting, growing or scaling their own business.’
Gordon Merrylees – Head of Entrepreneurship, Royal Bank of Scotalnd, Natwest and Ulster Bank

‘They share their in advice in an easy to read, easy to apply format, that will have you up and running your
business in no time.’
Melanie Eusebe, Entrepreneur & Co-Founder of the Black British Business Awards

Website: www.selfmadebook.uk

Amanda Hart

3 book ‘Angel’ series deal signed with Orion Publishing Group Limited, part of Hachette.

Amanda Hart is a mum of 3 who discovered she was very different to other children during her childhood. This in itself helped her to survive a dire upbringing when taken from her mother by her father. She was invisible behind the veil of a middle class family hiding a very dark secret. Through challenging life conditions she discovered her path in life.

Amanda has been an Intuitive Consultant for over 20 years, helping people to access their power and voice. Clients have often reached Amanda as a last port of call where they’ve discovered their purpose and potential. She was diagnosed with meningococcal septicaemia and near death was told by doctors she would not survive. ‘The Guys Upstairs,’ not only showed her how to heal herself but how to access the blueprint of our best self to live our destiny.

Amanda was nominated to go on ‘Britain’s Psychic Challenge’ hosted by Trisha Goddard to find the top psychics in the country, which was on Channel 5 in 2005/2006. She was then asked to present her own radio show, The Soul Searching Show on My Spirit Radio, writing all her own material and interviewing experts in the Mind, Body and Spirit Field. Her passion for writing led her to then become a columnist for Soul & Spirit Magazine.

It was whilst at My Spirit Radio she was asked to write her memoirs because of her extraordinary life experiences. 5 years later, Amanda finally succumbed when a secondary condition from the Meningitis stopped her in her tracks from working and she finally resigned herself to sitting down and writing her book.

Her memoirs, The Guys Upstairs, are a remarkable account of how against all odds she found the key to unlock us all from our negative programs and how we all have the power within us to do that. Today this book and the campaign behind it to raise awareness, speaks volumes about the kind of determined commitment she has to make this a better world to live in.

Amanda lives with her children in Suffolk, and is now writing two further books and finally honouring her dream to leave a legacy in this world.

Adrian Bleese

Adrian Bleese was born and raised in the northwest of England and spent six years in the Royal Air Force, flying on search and rescue and submarine hunting missions. On leaving the RAF, he was stunned to discover that no-one needed any submarines hunted and he was forced to find a real job. This led him into advertising and he therefore started writing words in exchange for money. He went on to have a monthly column in an aviation magazine and to write flight safety and aviation history features.

Flying and writing have been two abiding passions throughout his life and his first non-fiction book Above The Law brings these two things together, describing the twelve years he spent flying on police helicopters as one of only a handful of civilians operating as Air Observers on UK police aircraft.

He has lived in East Anglia for over twenty-five years and his love for his adopted home, the countryside and its history shine through in Above The Law.

He is married, with three grown up children, two dogs who refuse to grow up and a horse who gets hay fever.

Adrian also writes fiction and self-help books as Max Robberts.

MS Karamat

MS. Karamat was born and raised in central London just minutes from the MI6 building. She was educated at LCC, University of the Arts and has been accepted to read Law at the University of Law London UK multiple times (she has always deferred, to finish the book). Her interest in the arts came primarily from her Pakistani ceramic artist mother through osmosis, alongside trips to the theatre during primary school that has left a lifelong love for the visual arts.

Previously a film publicist, her work now involves the visual arts, currently writing and photography. Her arts writing has appeared in several arts & culture publications from, The Hollywood Reporter to Rankin’s Hunger TV.com, Vogue Italia, Film 3 Sixty (The Times), and many more.

For her first non fiction book, Fear & Memory, she is researching and visiting the arts & culture of contrasting parts of the world and from where the cultural figures featuring in the book are based; from the Middle East, U.S, Europe, Pakistan and the U.K.

MS. Karamat’s interest is in the evolving nature of fearlessness, expressed individually, or collectively across all aspects of this changing world, to generate unity and interaction amongst those that interact with the work.

Daniel Ruiz Tizon

Writer-broadcaster Daniel Ruiz Tizon grew up in Lambeth, southwest London and much of his work documents the post-2008 gentrification sweeping through his home borough and its impact on the community that existed before the cranes arrived en masse. He has had several TV comedy pilots commissioned by national broadcasters and his earliest radio work featured on Radio 4’s Home Truths. Since then, Daniel has written and presented radio comedies Daniel Ruiz Tizon is Available (200 episodes) and The Café Chronicles for London Arts station, Resonance FM.

From 1980 to 1992, Daniel co-starred in seminal US police procedural TV drama Kid Cop, set in New York, originally alongside Victoria Principal, and from 1986, following Principal’s acrimonious exit from the show owing to a contractual dispute, he was joined by former model Sam Fox. Kid Cop’s 37 Emmys place it joint second alongside Frasier in the list of Emmy Award winners. Described by one leading TV critic as ‘arguably the greatest television drama of all time’, Kid Cop ran for 317 episodes and existed only in Daniel’s imagination.

Daniel’s non-fiction book The Letter: People, Places, Loved and Lost is an elegy for his past and the immigrant community he grew up in that has all but vanished.

He is obsessed with coffee, books and libraries (last incurring a fine in 2008) and is reminded weekly by his octogenarian aunt to get his prostate checked out despite never having suffered from prostate-related issues.

Bianca Best

I’m a woman committed to celebrating a life that’s as much about the journey as the destination. I’m blessed with abundance; four irresistible children, a CV representing a chronology of passions explored, a nourishing forever home and endless pleasure from cherished family and friends.

Every day is a moment to learn, love, laugh and an opportunity to make memories worth remembering. I’m fascinated by neuroplasticity and our ability to ’practice what you want to grow’ and how we can actually rewire our brains. I have almost broken myself loads over the years trying to have it all and finally recognise the essential need to stop the pursuit and relish the now. I’ve worked hard to learn how and practice what I preach. Fundamentally you get out of life what you put in and I give, give, give. (And never resentfully that’s key!)

I have set up www.yourlifehack.com in response to the most prevalent ‘How the heck?’ questions I’m repeatedly asked and indeed to find answers that I seek myself. Bringing kindred women together to share on-the-job wisdom with the purpose of collectively empowering each other to slow down and savour feels like a no brainer. I truly believe that in this pivotal era of borderless geography and tech disruption when we connect like-minded souls with common purpose we rediscover the supportive power of community and grow immediately stronger and thus better together.

It has not been easy to achieve a life of balance and I am wholly dedicated to maintaining it and teaching others the way too. (There are no secrets by the way, it’s just about mindful mindset.)

My book ‘How To Have It All Without Cracking’ will be published later this year. It’s a restorative how-to guide for women wondering if they’re missing out on life’s best bits through sheer busy-ness. Teaching self-awareness from the first page, the chapters chunk into logical steps to regain life control. Learn how to Re-energise, Cleanse, Enrich then Play and follow a kick starter 4 week programme. I cannot wait to share this.

Career-wise I’ve been in advertising since I was 19 and currently run client management for creative digital advertising agency, 360i, part of the Dentsu Aegis Network. I’m privileged to have set up our group’s first gender equality network where I led an external initiative launching a client coalition to bring men into the gender equality conversation by accelerating a progressive masculinity agenda.

I am passionate about work cultures enabling authenticity, diversity, EQ over IQ and I never waver in upholding and encouraging my personal values of kindness, respect and integrity through my leadership.

I won the IPA & Campaign’s Woman of Tomorrow for which I’m truly grateful as it’s led to lots of opportunities in schools and other nurturing organisations where I’ve been able to help encourage young minds into creative and tech industries. I’m deeply humbled to spread hope as a Save The Children ambassador too.

I had a sojourn from agency land when I set up The Bespoke Gift Company in 2004 seizing the potential in new technologies enabling truly personalised gift manufacture. What a ride the next decade was, culminating in a business sale in 2013. Some of the most invigorating, challenging and deliciously creative years of my life. I recommend everyone runs a business at some point.

I am happy and eager to spread my passions and do speaking events – funny life stories tailored to your event with meaning, insights and wisdom learnt along my journey, juggling family with career without compromise, diversity as a cultural imperative, savouring the right here right no; living in balanced harmony; succeeding at entrepreneurialism with 4 kids under 7, parenting twins, finding your best self and/or inspiring audiences with my favourite, most effective life hacks.

With love and smiles, Bianca x

Wendi Dass

Wendi Dass is an emerging author from Central Virginia. A math professor by day, her affinity for numbers is only rivaled by her enthusiasm for travel…and a good book. But during the sleepless nights following the birth of her daughter, when even the best novels did nothing to stave off her hunger for an exciting trip, Wendi decided to concoct stories to satisfy her wildest travel fantasies. And she hasn’t stopped since.

Inspired by the beauty and diversity of the places she’s visited, Wendi has penned a variety of book-length and short fiction. Her literary short stories have been published in Black Fox Literary and the Ocotillo Review, among others. Her first women’s fiction novel, Bella Cigna, has finaled in three Romance Writer of America contests. She is currently working on editing her second novel and drafting her third.

When she isn’t teaching or writing, she can be found planning her next trip or dragging her family to a nearby sporting event.

Alice Grist

Alice has written four books on spiritual subjects, painted and created one pack of tarot cards and her writings have been published / featured internationally. Her books have been reviewed in a vast array of magazines, radio, TV and online, including, Kindred Spirit, Soul and Spirit, Psychic TV, Chat It’s Fate, The Scottish Sun, Prediction Magazine, & Spirit and Destiny amongst others.

Her second book, The High Heeled Guide to Spiritual Living (2011 Hunt Publishing) was recipient of Prediction Magazine Best Book Award. Gabrielle Bernstein said of this book, “This is a fiery book covering many areas of areas of human experience upon which contemporary spirituality can be based. If you’re ready to reignite your inner spark this is the book for you.”

Her third book Dear Poppyseed, A soulful Momma’s Pregnancy Journal lead to her appearance on Sky Living’s ‘She’s Having a Baby’, a real life show documenting the variations in approaches to pregnancy.

Dirty and Divine, her latest book, has seen an increase in her overall exposure, with sales for all books improving as a result. It has lead to requests for interview and features in mainstream spiritual press, Kindred Spirit, Soul & Spirit, Spirit Guides Radio, The Archetypal Feminine Summit.

Her written articles have appeared in Rebelle Society, The Daily Guru, The Daily Love, Soul and Spirit, Spirit and Destiny, Kindred Spirit, Haunted Magazine, Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, The Conversation, Natural Health, The Daily Love, and many more.

Alongside this Alice self published a tarot pack in 2017, which has been featured in Kindred Spirit, Soul and Spirit, Spirit Guides Magazine, and been unboxed on the pages on Major Tarot influencers on You Tube (Ethony, New Age Hipster).

Noelle Schwarz

Noelle Schwarz has always loved storytelling from the time she was little. Growing up just outside of Chicago, Illinois, she spent her days writing and making short films with her friends. Noelle’s first book to receive representation, Red Rocks, combines Noelle’s ever-growing curiosity of a world beyond our own and her passion to tell people’s stories.

Noelle is currently a junior at Naperville Central High School and has won numerous awards for her academic achievement in high school including being honored as a 4.0 award recipient for academic years 2016 and 2017; inducted member into the National Honor Society and selected as profiles editor for the Central Times, the NCHS newspaper.

In addition, Noelle’s writing experience includes being recently selected to participate in the National Council of Teachers of English Achievement Award writing contest. Her passion for writing is reflected in her body of work. At just seventeen years of age, Noelle has written three books, three screenplays, and two short films.

Noelle has been selected for many leadership opportunities including participating as a Link leader, Link commissioner, and Leadership instructor for physical education. Noelle is also passionate about helping others and has participated in many volunteer activities for various events including AMITA Health Neurosciences Zoo Day, Feed My Starving Children, Our Saviors Vacation Bible School, AMITA Health Hinsdale summer concert series and Pet Your Stress Away at the Naperville ALIVE center.

When Noelle is not writing she enjoys reading, composing music, playing ukulele, watching movies, and hanging out with her friends. She also loves to travel and spend time at the beach.

Sharon Gilburd

A brief history of how I’ve ended up here.

I was born in Glasgow, grew up in Shetland, studied in Edinburgh and lived in Geneva, Lisbon, Aberdeen, Carlisle, Rome, London, Cardiff, Marlborough and Llandwrog. I’m 47. No kids. 2 step kids. 1 husband. 1 sister. Both my parents are no longer with us.

I’m just starting out as a writer. But I’ve always loved writing. I had a great line in dirty limericks at school, if that counts for experience.

Most of my career has been spent working in marketing and innovation, mainly for big companies. But I’ve always struggled with commitment and rules, so permanent jobs were never really for me. I’ve been self- employed most of my working life, consulting to companies like Orange, Barclays, Visa and figleaves.com.

I set up my own marketing agency back in the dot com days because I wanted to make my own rules. It went the way of many things in the dot com bust, but I’ve never lost the belief and desire that we should do what we love, and follow the rules that make us happy.

Fast forward a few years and I decided to take the plunge and quit working for paying clients so I could get away from budgets and corporate bullsh*t and back to doing stuff that I love.

I’ve since gained a Masters with Distinction at Central St Martins, become a Mindfulness teacher and started a new wellness business, Choose Wellth, with a fellow MA student. I’ve also written my first book, ‘Shut The F**k Up : How Talking Less Can Change Your Life.’ It’s not anti-talking, but it is pro choice. It’s a ‘how to’ manual that shares lots of tools and techniques, based on my own life-changing experiences, that help us dis-engage from dialogue with other humans for a while and re-engage with ourselves and our lives.

I’m now writing my next novel and building Choose Wellth with the aim of creating a business that will help me to make a living, not a killing. I want to make a difference. There’s more to work and life than just making money.

Kubi Springer

London born Kubi Springer is a Brand Specialist with 20 years’ experience in consumer brand marketing. Starting her career at MTV Europe, Kubi has since delivered campaigns for some of the biggest brands in the world. Her resume includes: Rolls Royce Motor Cars, Nike, Blackberry, L’Oreal Professional, Wella Professional, Justin Timberlake, Manchester United Footballer Rio Ferdinand, MercedesBenz Fashion Week, Sex & the City, MOBO Awards, and Blue Flame (Diddy’s Marketing and Advertising Agency) in New York, to name but a few!

A strategic marketer with a flair for commercial solutions, today Kubi is the CEO of SheBuildsBrands Ltd, a boutique brand management agency with its headquarters in London, England and international reps in the Middle East, USA, South East Asia and West Africa. Known for working on extremely high profile campaigns, whilst also supporting emerging businesses, Kubi directs the team at SheBuildsBrands with a focus on the Fashion & Beauty, Luxury & Lifestyle and Entertainment Industries.

Notable Projects: Roll Royce LFW 2016 Campaign! L’Oreal Professional ‘Colour Bar’ Campaign! Justin Timberlake ‘Justified’ European Tour! 11 Seasons with London Fashion Week! Sex & the City Movie, London Premier! Nike ‘Midnight Madness Campaign’!

Antoinette Holden

Antoinette Holden was born in May 1972, in London. She is married and a mother of two children and lives in Watford, Hertfordshire.
Raised in two locations, Watford and then in Wales, life was not easy. Leaving home at sixteen should have been the end of her nightmare, but life didn’t get easier until Antoinette was well into her late thirties.

Working in an office from the age of sixteen and for most of her adult life, Antoinette was always told she should write a book about her life; and that this could give hope, support and comfort to others.

Now at age 45, she has collated her memories and experiences to write her first biography, No More.

Thinking nothing would come of it, Antoinette showed some of her work to trusted friends, who in turn gave her the confidence and inspiration she needed to carry on writing; finally working on her book and life story.

Antoinette has her own business, Tinkerbell Tarot, giving Tarot Card readings to the public. Although she’s been doing readings for many years for friends and family, she finally took a leap of faith and now does readings to help others in times of stress or despair.

Rob Hemming

Born in 1956 in Birmingham, Rob lives in the Vale of Evesham and has one daughter.

Rob attended Prince Henry’s Grammar School, Evesham but feels he was not ready to be educated until his thirties. He dropped out of University and spent twenty five years in an endless stream of jobs including Local Government Officer, farmer, truck driver, salesman, patio designer, classic car restorer, personal trainer and printer, to mention a few, before finally rescuing his brain from destruction at the age of forty eight by quitting the workplace and reviving an old love affair with the quill.

In 2008 he wrote the highly successful book ‘SHAZAM! Everyone’s Theatre of Dreams’, which is credited with sparking the renovation of Evesham’s Regal Cinema. The book also led to the creation of ‘The SHAZAM! Show’ a highly regarded public presentation eulogising the magic of the old flicks. Rob also writes the monthly column ‘Hemming’s Way’ for the ‘Cotswold and Vale Magazine’ and has just finished the crime thriller ‘Noah’s Bark’, a novel about retribution for the exploitation of wildlife, a cause close to his heart. His creative juices are kept flowing by punishing sessions in the Gym and gawking at Hollywood from the back row of the Regal.

A former championship track athlete, Rob once ran four marathons in twenty one hours. Nowadays he prefers to assuage his competitive spirit by entering TV quiz shows. His numerous experiences have spawned another successful paid presentation, ‘The Trouble with Trivia.

He likes visiting mountains, deserts, jungles and metropolis’ in search of knowledge, fun and tall tales.

Richard Wall

Born in England in 1962, Richard grew up in a small market town in rural Herefordshire before joining the Royal Navy. After 22 years in the submarine service and having travelled extensively, Richard now lives and writes in rural Worcestershire.

His first short story, “Evel Knievel and The Fat Elvis Diner” (available on Kindle), was soon followed by “Five Pairs of Shorts” a collection of ten short stories, and another short story called ‘Hank Williams’ Cadillac’.

Richard’s stories reflect his life-long fascination with the dark underbelly of American culture, be it tales of the Wild West, or of the simmering menace of the Deep South, or the poetry of Charles Bukowski, or the writing of Langston Hughes, or the music of Charley Patton, Son House, Johnny Cash, or Tom Waits.

A self-confessed Delta Blues music anorak, Richard embarked on a pilgrimage to the USA to visit the Deep South, where a bizarre encounter in Clarksdale, Mississippi inspired him to write his début novel, Fat Man Blues.

Sharon Clarke

With a background in archaeology, anthropology and mental health nursing – and a years training in video production with the BBC – Sharon Clarke used her extensive knowledge to investigate the paranormal arena in Northern Ireland. Many of the cases Sharon worked on were featured frequently in the press resulting in Sharon being interviewed by newspapers, magazines and radio stations from all over the world.

Following being diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and during her recovery from subsequent surgery, Sharon wrote her first non-fiction novel, Voice in the Dark. Voice in the Dark features her case studies and investigations of the paranormal throughout Northern Ireland and also interviews prominent global figures in the paranormal arena.

In addition to writing, Sharon also works as a producer and photographer and has produced several short films in Ireland. Sharon’s photography, particularly of Donegal, Ireland is featured on many tourism websites.

Sharon has also written several screenplays, mainly psychological horrors which will go into development in the near future.

In the past, Sharon has worked with celebrities such as: singer and Westlife band member, Garth Brooks; Bear Grylls; and stage crew for Irish band, U2.

Sharon is a devoted mother to 8 children and a keen horse-rider; she owns her own thoroughbred mare called Molly, who she adores.

Sharon is currently working on an anthology of fictional horror short stories.

Vivien Heim

Born to Oscar and Susan Heim on 9 October 1947 in London, UK, Vivien was an only child and spent a large part of her childhood living in Malta, returning to London in the 1950s. Married at 24, Vivien pursued a career in education. The untimely death of her mother in 1976 came as a huge shock to the family, a sorrow from which it took years to recover from. Vivien gave birth to her only daughter, Harriet, in 1988. The years between 1995 and 2001 took their toll and following the death of a dear friend and her father within days of each other, the conclusion of her marriage, redundancy and battling breast cancer, life was hard. In order to support herself and her daughter, Vivien seized every opportunity that materialised – from taking in lodgers to share their home, to teaching, training and management consultancy. She is even an official wedding registrar.

It was through the support network of her friends that she survived with her head held high; a group of women (and the occasional man) who hold strong and true to each other to this day.

Through all of this, Vivien made a promise from which she never faltered. She strongly believed that she should not enter into any relationship until Harriet had reached the age of 18. Her dalliances into the world of dating in her late 50s, having shied from it entirely for over a decade, left her fearful, exposed and self-conscious, yet excited, comforted, and courageous. It is these feelings that inspired her first novel – It’s Just Not Good Enough. She is currently working on the second of her heroine’s trilogy as well as an accompanying cookbook, Good Enough To Eat.

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