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Rising Writers

Katerina Diamond

Katerina was born in Weston, but her family moved to Thessaloniki in Greece when she was young. She attended Greek school, where she learnt the language in just six months. When her parents divorced, they relocated to Devon. After school, and working in her uncle’s fish & chip shop, she went (briefly) to university at Derby, where she met her husband. They now live on the East Kent Coast with their two children. Katerina is currently working on her second novel, The Secret.

The Teacher

Katerina Diamond



Lisa Stromme

Lisa Stromme was born in Yorkshire in 1973, and studied at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. She lives with her Norwegian husband and their two children close to Åsgårdstrand, the coastal village where Edvard Munch had a summer home, and which provided the setting for The Strawberry Girl. The Strawberry Girl is her first novel.

The Strawberry Girl

Lisa Stromme



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S.E Durrant

S.E. Durrant has wanted to be a writer since she was a child and has always squeezed writing in around the edges of her life. She spent her childhood in Scotland before moving to Leicestershire when she was twelve. She studied Fine Art (painting) and then travelled widely before settling in south London. She has taken on many jobs including working on a stall at Covent Garden market, selling paintings in Venice and teaching art to children. For many years she worked on research bids at the University of London. She now lives in Brighton with her partner and two teenage children, all of whom are taller than she is.

Little Bits of Sky

S. E. Durrant



Rebecca Thornton

After her first son was born, Rebecca signed up for the six-month Faber Academy Writing a Novel course, where she was tutored by Esther Freud and Tim Lott. During that time, she came up with the idea for The Exclusives, a psychological thriller set in a girls’ boarding school, which is published by Twenty7 books. She now lives in West London with her husband and two children. She is currently working on her second novel.