Michael Gallagher is the author of two series of novels set in Victorian times. Send for Octavius Guy chronicles the attempts of fourteen-year-old Gooseberry—reformed master pickpocket—to become a detective, aided and abetted by his ragtag bunch of friends. The Involuntary Medium follows the fortunes of young Lizzie Blaylock, a girl who can materialize the spirits of the dead, as she strives to come to terms with her unique gift. For twenty-five years Michael taught adults with learning disabilities at Bede, a London-based charity that works with the local community. He now writes full time. Author photo courtesy of Elaine Jeffs.
Joan Taylor is a New Zealander living in Wivenhoe, England, whose writing spans diverse genres. She is the author of kissing Bowie, the follow-up to her critically-acclaimed novel Conversations with Mr. Prain. Her work has been published in the UK, USA and New Zealand.