Richard Mayers

Despite being an independent publishing company, we do not specialise in just one type of book.  All of our authors are unique and have written a book that is either original or ground-breaking.  For instance, when we acquired the rights to The London Vampire Diaries, a combination of autobiography written as horror, we knew this was something totally chilling and unique.  And when Matt Adcock showed us his theologically underpinned dark, sci-fi fantasy: Complete Darkness, we knew that this was a product that would appeal to a large fan base of Christian futuristic fiction.  Likewise, we love nature and have worked on books centred around hedgehogs and toads.  The list goes on... What matters to us is a passion for storytelling and the drive and enthusiasm of the author doing the storytelling.  Read more about some of our authors below:

 
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As well as an author, Matt is a blog editor, Communications Professional, and the weekly film reviewer for a regional newspaper group.

Matt is a lover of all things virtual, sci-fi, superhero and theological...

He loves to interact with readers: Tweet him: @Cleric20

Read his film reviews and more: www.darkmatt.blogspot.com

Discover more about the Darkmatters Universe: artwork, merchandise, links to prequel short story, media and future plans: www.Completedarknessnovel.com

 

Owen W Knight is a writer of contemporary and speculative fiction. His works include Another Life, described as ‘It’s a Wonderful Life for the 21st Century’ and The Invisible College Trilogy, an apocalyptic dystopian conspiracy tale for young adults and adults alike, described as ‘1984 Meets the Book of Revelation’.


Owen was born in Southend-on-Sea at a time when children spent their days outdoors, creating imaginary worlds that formed the basis of their adventures and social interaction.


He has used this experience to create a world based on documented myths, with elements of dystopia, mystery and science fiction, highlighting the use and abuse of power and the conflicts associated with maintaining ethical values.


Owen lives in Essex, close to the countryside that inspired his trilogy.

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Abigail is an illustrator with a keen interest in photography and graphical artist.

In November 2018 she collaborated on a picture book with children's author, Richard Mayers, to produce The Hedgehog's Full Moon Party.

Abigail also works with Central Bedfordshire Libraries and is engaged on other illustration projects.  After her book published, Abigail landed a contract with Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd for her first solo project, Broken Cat, which is released later in 2020.

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John Michaelson met us by chance in London at a stage when we were setting up Burton Mayers Books and he was at a stage where he was ready to share his story with the world.

John doesn't class himself as a vampire hunter, more of an advocate for those who have been victims of so-called 'vampires'.  His first book, October's Son, was a very personal account of his descent into a dangerous subculture existing in London.  Two years later he wrote Nuptial Flight, a chilling expose on the link between vampirism and human trafficking.

 

In September 2017 John Michaelson vanished - with his last tweet stating he was returning to London reluctantly to attend to unfinished business.

 

At Burton Mayers Books, we will uphold his legacy and run his website and books in the hope that one day he will return. 

 

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Liz would describe herself as a bit of a nature lover, with a special thing for lumpy and bumpy toads.  

 

Liz works freelance as an artist and specialised in typography.  In 2019 she published her first children's book, The adventures of Osmond the Toad.

 

When not busy scribbling or sketching, or being a mum or cat lover, Liz loves all things Marvel, reading, cooking and being outdoors. 

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In 2019 Richard Mayers launched a school based anthology project with the aim to raise money for the school library and raise the profile of reading (and writing) across the school.  The book was released on World Book Day 2020 and was such a fun project to work on.  Read the full article by clicking on the image to the left.

A new school anthology titled Set Free was published in March 2022.

 
 
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Richard Mayers is a children's author and director of Burton Mayers Books.  He started writing stories at the age of six and continues to write short stories and longer stories for children and adults.  In 2012 he published Spikez with John Burton, designer and illustrator, and much of their work can be found at animalcyborgs.com 

Spikez is the first in a series of books about an unlikely group of animal cyborgs.  He has also written a prequel, Making Trakz, and a hedgehog themed picture book with Abigail de Montfort.

As a teacher, Richard loves exploring narrative theory with his A-level classes.  He is also a doctoral student at Bournemouth University, enrolled on the Ed-D Creative Media Practice programme; his thesis is on The Untapped Potential of Digital Narratives in education.

When not writing or editing or publishing books, Richard rehabilitates ex-battery hens or works on websites linked to his passions, Media Studies and stories.  He has delivered various school workshops across primary and secondary schools in London, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.  He has also taken part in creative writing projects, such as BBC Radio Lincolnshire's The Storyteller Project.  He is also a member of the SCWBI and The Alliance of Independent Authors.

 

Dan Klefstad is a longtime radio host and newscaster at NPR station WNIJ.

 

His latest novel, Fiona’s Guardians, is about humans who work for a beautiful manipulative vampire. It'll be available in October, 2020.

 

His latest short story, “Who Killed
Publishing?” has almost nothing to do with vampires. You’ll find it in the Summer 2020 edition
of Literary Heist.

 

Dan is currently looking for a home for another short story, “Cowboy Load.”


He writes in DeKalb, Illinois, and Williams Bay, Wisconsin.

He is Burton Mayers Books' first US author.

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Chris Malone is our first female thriller author to join the ranks of Burton Mayers Books.

Chris has worked for over 30 years in education and has championed women's groups and outdoor activity centres in England and Wales.  Her first book, Zade, was published in May 2020 by Austin Macauley Publishers.

Her novel #stoptheglitch is a dystopian thriller set in a post-pandemic world where a technological 'glitch' threatens the very fabric of modern civilisation.

The book hit the shelves at the end of October 2020 and her follow up novel, #isolate was released on 15th October 2021.  In April 2022, Chris published her first satirical novella, A School Inspector Calls: But Who is the Fool in the School.  

 

Follow us on Twitter @BurtonMayers or Chris @CMoiraM for more details.

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Adam wasted much of his youth watching Star Trek on the TV and films like Planet of the Apes and Alien on the big screen. He redeemed himself by becoming a surgeon but has since graduated from writing articles for science journals into writing his own Sci Fi and Alternate History stories.  As a writer he is dedicated to giving his readers a great story laced with strong, fun and scary characters. 

Descended from Jewish refugees who escaped from the pogroms, he is haunted by the stories of the Holocaust but inspired by heroes who put themselves at risk to save others. 

  

He is the co-author of Space Taxis, the story of a 1970s New York cabbie who is abducted by aliens.

Harriet will never be able to let go of the Greek gods. Yes, we are talking about the ancient ones, not the tanned modern day ones on the beach. But it’s not just their superhuman powers she’s interested in - it’s their flawed, very human natures. Mythologies from all around the world and the psychology of characters are something Harriet loves incorporating into her writing, along with her other passion - crime and the criminal mind. As a student of English, she spends her day critiquing literature and her evenings creating exciting characters and fun stories.

 
 

Rhian, Lisa and  Hélène are professional Specialised Speech and Language Therapists by day and budding picture book authors at all other times.  Their debut book, The Sound We Found, is designed to encourage early sound and rhyme play.  You can see their biographies and learn more about the book here

In 2021, the book received funding from the Welsh Government to translate the book into Welsh! A new title is due be published in June 2022

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The horror genre just got a lot darker.

Gavin Gardiner is our first Scottish author to join Burton Mayers Books.  Gavin is an excellent writer and has already had several short stories and articles published online, and has an entry in a horror anthology due out in 2021.  Gavin also published a rather excellent novella with us titled: The Last Testament of Crighton Smythe in October 2021.

He’s currently working on his second novel, Witchcraft on Rücken Ridge, and has grand plans for the future of his unique brand of horror. He very much hopes you’ll join him for the ride.

For Rye is his debut novel - and what a story it is.  Find out more about Gavin here

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Dr. Mounter has three intellectual passions: medicine, history, and literature. At forty-nine years of age, he is a full-time Histopathologist working on the Isle of Wight.

The opportunity to develop his other interests – history and literature – came about when he was in his early forties. His two sons were no longer young children, and he had managed to secure a permanent consultant position. This led him to write his first novel, ‘Bitching Bits of Bone’. Published in 2016 by Austin Macauley, this dark comedic retelling of Chaucer’s ‘The Canterbury Tales’ enabled him to explore aspects of fourteenth century medicine.

Five years on, his second novel has permitted him to fully flex his medical muscles and to concentrate his acumen upon arguably one of the darkest places in human history: the pathology laboratory of Dr. Josef Mengele at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

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Rob worked for many years as an English teacher and Deputy Headteacher in London before moving on to train new English teachers and to write fiction.

 

Originally from Teesside, he became familiar with Runswick Bay, the North Yorkshire Moors and the city of York, first as a child, and then as a student. His love of the history and geography of these locations can be seen on every page of “The Watcher and the Friend”, his first book for children.

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Pam is an author, chartered psychologist, historian, researcher and grandparent.

 

Originally from London, but based in Leeds since 1986, she taught and researched across community education, schools, colleges and universities between 1994 and 2019, publishing many academic articles, books and chapters.

 

She is currently a blogger and conference/training presenter.  On Time is her first foray into science fiction writing, released July 2021, with a sequel currently in production.

You can also catch Pam actively commenting on early years education and the political fallout of Covid and Partygate through her excellent blog: 

https://yorkshirebylines.co.uk/author/pamjarvis/

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Mark Coates, Lisa Willis and Grant Davidson are three teachers who collaborated on their first picture book: Musical Bones.  Their colourful and humorous book is a fun mix of all their talents (English, Art and Music) with a feelgood message.  You can expect to see more of these three on social media with their fun ideas for teaching and learning.  You can also check out videos and lessson ideas on their author page. 

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Vicky has been a teacher for fourteen years. She is currently teaching English at a school in Suffolk. She has always loved writing and has been doing it for many years. She has been on numerous writing courses which have allowed her to share her love of writing with others. She is also a passionate reader, enjoying a variety of genres especially thrillers.

She lives in North Essex with her husband and two teenager daughters. Powerless is her first novel and a dream come true.

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Julia Minott

 
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Julia Minott is the founder of The Old School Kitchen Bedford, running cooking classes for kids and families.

In December 2021 she released a new type of colouring activity book for young chefs with local author and illustrator, Abi de Montfort.  

Cook and Colour at Christmas was a perfect stocking filler and a great way to promote her business.

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Emmalena L. Ellis was raised in Hertfordshire, UK by a single mother, her grandparents and her uncle. She began writing at age four, before continuing to win creative writing cups and prizes at school, before going on to study at Keele University, where she gained a BA Hons in English and American Literature.

Ginsterpigs is her first published novel, released in February 2022 with a paperback version due later in the year.

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Kateri Stanley

 
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Kateri Stanley is a pseudonym for the multi-genre fiction writer. Since being a child, Kateri has been inspired by the wondrous mediums of books, music, TV and film. After working in the healthcare industry for eight years and studying for an Arts and Humanities degree, she made the decision to move cities in the West Midlands and live with her ever-suffering partner and their two cats.

Her debut novel Forgive Me was published by indie press house, Darkstroke Books in 2021 and it reached #1 in the US Horror Fiction charts on Amazon. She is currently working on her third novel, Bittersweet Injuries and would love to pursue a full-time career in writing.

Andrew Davis

 

Andrew Davis studied Philosophy of Religion with Richard Swinburne. A former primary teacher and university lecturer in Philosophy, Education and Primary Mathematics, he worked at Cambridge University and also taught Philosophy of Mind and Political Philosophy for the Open University.

 

He is currently Honorary Research Fellow at Durham University. His research interests include Educational Assessment, Reading, Maths Education and Educational Neuroscience. Publications include both academic papers and books, newspaper articles, a couple of children's stories and a regular magazine series about a (fictional) over-educated school caretaker.

Neuralnet's Children is his first YA fiction novel (June 2022)

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Merrill Hatlen

 
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With a M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Merrill Hatlen's professional life in social services and public health has been balanced by his involvement in filmmaking, photography, and writing; he paid his dues by typing his first novel on a manual Smith Corona.

 

The course of his life was altered by spending three years in France, inspiring five novels, two screenplays, and a stage play (intended as a sequel to the Bard's Love's Labor Lost). A world traveler since an extended honeymoon in Europe, he and his wife have ventured as far as Greece, Morocco and China.

The Bard and The Barman: An Account of Shakespeare's lost years, is a fantastic debut into historical fiction blended with humour.

 

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