Michele Gorman is the best-selling author of The Expat Diaries series and Bella Summer Takes a Chance. She also writes upmarket commercial fiction (historical, young adult) under the pen name Jamie Scott.


Born and raised in the US, Michele has lived in London for 16 years.

Michele Gorman

Talli Roland writes fun, romantic fiction. Born and raised in Canada, Talli now lives in London, where she savours the great cultural life (coffee and wine). Despite training as a journalist, Talli soon found she preferred making up her own stories – complete with happy endings. Twice shortlisted for the UK’s Festival of Romance, Talli's novels have also been chosen as Amazon Customer Favourites and top books of the year by industry review websites. She’s a bestseller in Britain and the United States.

Belinda Jones is the best-selling British author of 10 'Vacation for the Price of a Paperback' novels and one non-fiction travelogue/love quest entitled On The Road To Mr Right, which made the Sunday Times Top 10 list alongside her hero Bill Bryson. Born in Kent, she has since lived in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and currently resides in Virginia on account of marrying a US Navy sailor. This new East Coast address led to her setting her upcoming book - The Travelling Tea Shop - in New England. She is looking forward to finding the perfect pun about making Whoopie (pie). Belinda’s Christmas best-seller, Winter Wonderland, was shortlisted for the RNA’s 2013 Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year.

Talli Roland

Belinda Jones

Matt is an award-losing (nominated twice, lost twice) romantic comedy novelist from Margate, although now he lives in London. His seven novels include the best-selling The Ex-Boyfriend's Handbook, plus he's written about life, love, and relationships for the likes of The Times, Guardian, and The Sun, along with a number of magazines including Cosmopolitan, Company, Elle, and Glamour.

Matt Dunn

Lucy Robinson writes laugh-out-loud romantic fiction for thinking women and is overly fond of long book titles. Her most recent novel, A Passionate Love Affair with a Total Stranger was a UK No.1 digital bestseller and her debut, The Greatest Love Story of All Time  was in the top three women's fiction debuts of 2012. 


Prior to writing Lucy earned her crust in theatre production and then factual television, working on documentaries for all of the UK’s major broadcasters. Her writing career began when she started a popular dating blog for Marie Claire. Lucy recently returned to the UK after an 18 month stint being a bohemian novelist in South America.  She lives in South London with her partner, The Man.

Lucy Robinson

Chrissie Manby is the author of sixteen romantic comedies including Getting Personal, The Matchbreaker and Seven Sunny Days. She has had several Sunday Times bestsellers and her recent novel about behaving badly after a break-up, Getting Over Mr. Right, was nominated for the 2011 Melissa Nathan Award. She was also one of the editors of the Girls’ Night In anthologies, which raised over £1,000,000.00 for humanitarian projects with War Child.


Chrissie was raised in Gloucester, in the west of England, and now lives in London. Contrary to the popular conception of chick-lit writers, she is such a bad home-baker that her own father threatened to put her last creation on www.cakewrecks.com. She is, however, partial to white wine and shoes she can’t walk in.

Chrissie Manby

Victoria Connelly has had nine novels published worldwide. The first, Flights of Angels, was made into a film in Germany and Victoria got to be an extra in it. Three of her romantic comedies have been Kindle bestsellers including A Weekend with Mr Darcy which is the first book in her Austen Addicts series.


After getting married in a medieval castle and living in London for eleven years, she moved to a cottage in rural Suffolk where she lives with her artist husband and ever-expanding family of animals.

Victoria Connelly

Nick Spalding is an author who, try as he might, can't seem to write anything serious.

He's worked in the communications industry his entire life, mainly in media and marketing. As talking rubbish for a living can get tiresome (for anyone other than a politician), he thought he'd have a crack at writing comedy fiction - with an agreeable level of success so far, it has to be said.

Nick lives in the South of England with his fiancée. He is approaching his forties with the kind of dread usually associated with a trip to the gallows, suffers from the occasional bout of insomnia, and still thinks Batman is cool.

Nick was the best selling self published author of 2012 in the United Kingdom with over 400,000 total ebook sales. He was also the twelfth best selling ebook author at Amazon UK in total that year, but was disappointed to find this didn't automatically entitle him to a discount off blu-ray prices.

Nick Spalding

Sue is an award winning and Times best selling author. She’s published around thirty novels under her own name as well as pen names including Gemma Fox and Kate Lawson. She has also written erotic fiction. Sue was among the winners of the Channel 4 SitCom Fest and was the first ever BBC local radio Story Laureate.


Sue lives in Norfolk with her husband and two dogs.  When not writing Sue loves gardening, singing, cooking and making things – her current passion is making mosaics, which involves smashing crockery with a big hammer.

Sue Welfare

Ruth has had eleven novels published worldwide. Her first, Katy Carter Wants a Hero, hit the national press when Richard and Judy championed it. In 2010 she was shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Comedy of the Year award.


As well as writing under her own name for Orion, Ruth also writes for Harper Collins, Headline and Pan Macmillan under a variety of pen names – which sometimes confuses even her!  Her latest book, Looking for Fireworks, was published last year.


After living in beautiful Polperro for 16 years, Ruth and her yacht broker partner are moving to the Caribbean for new adventures.  Expect to see this location pop up in future books!  Ruth is currently working on her twelfth novel Rock Chicks – the story of three friends who escape to Cornwall in search of adventure and romance.

Ruth Saberton

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