The Write Romantics

A group of writing friends who believed they could so they did! Find out more about us in these blog posts:

Ten years of the Write Romantics! 

Happy 10 Year Anniversary by Jessica Redland.

Five years of the Write Romantics!

An anniversary “getting to know you” post.

Who are the Write Romantics?


Jo Bartlett

Co-founder of The Write Romantics, Jo was born a stone’s throw from the English Channel and still lives near the sea in Kent. A hybrid author, her novels in The Cornish Midwife series from Boldwood Books have all been in either the Top 10 or Top 100 bestseller list. Boldwood also publishes her Seabreeze Farm series as well as other books. Jo has independently published many novels and was the founder of author collective Fabrian Books.

Jessica Redland

Co-founder of The Write Romantics, Jessica lives in Scarborough on the stunning North Yorkshire Coast in the UK. Her home town inspired the creation of the fictional seaside resort of Whitsborough Bay where she set some of her books. The popular Hedgehog Hollow series takes its devoted readers to a gorgeous countryside setting on the Yorkshire Wolds. Her forthcoming series will be set in the beautiful Lake District. Published by Boldwood Books, Jessica is a Kindle bestseller and has had phenomenal success in recent years.

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Helen Phifer

Helen Phifer is the #1 Bestselling crime and horror novelist of the Annie Graham, Lucy Harwin and Beth Adams series. Helen lives in a small town in Cumbria. Surrounded by miles of coastline and only a short drive from the beautiful Lake District. Her debut novel The Ghost House was released by HQ Digital in October 2013 and introduced readers to police officer Annie Graham. It went on to be an Amazon #1 bestseller in Canada. It reached #1 on the Amazon Contemporary Horror Charts in both the UK and the US, pushing Helen’s idol Stephen King off his #1 spot many times. Now published by Bookouture, Helen’s latest bestselling series features popular detective Morgan Brookes. She also hosts the fabulous Unleash Your Creative Magic podcast.

Alys West

Alys West writes contemporary fantasy and steampunk. She lives in East Yorkshire but loves to travel, especially to Scottish islands. Her stories grow out of places and the tales which people tell about places. Alys has an MA in Creative Writing from York St John University and teaches creative writing for the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of York. She’s also a book whisperer (like a book doctor but more holistic) and mentor to aspiring writers. Independently published through Fabrian Books, Alys is the author of the popular fantasy series, The Spellworker Chronicles, and steampunk romance The Dirigible King’s Daughter


Jackie Ladbury

Jackie’s debut novel, Air Guitar and Caviar, was shortlisted in the 2016 Choc Lit Search for a Star competition. She independently published it, along with its sequel, The Magic of Stars, before she signed with Choc Lit’s Ruby Fiction imprint for her saga, The Potter’s Daughter. She has also published two festive romcoms – one independently and the other with Ruby Fiction.

Rachael Thomas

In 2013, Rachael was a top ten finalist in Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write competition, and her entry went on to be her debut book. A Deal Before the Altar was published in October 2014 and became her first Amazon bestseller, fulfilling her dream of writing powerfully emotional and sexy stories for Harlequin. Rachael has also independently published several novels, including Starlight and Second Chances, the first in her brand-new Dolphin Bay series.


Deirdre Palmer

Deirdre lives in Brighton, on the south coast of England. She writes women’s and psychological fiction, under her own name, and as Zara Thorne.  Her first novel, The Three of Us, a romcom, was indie published with great success. Her second, Remarkable Things, was published by Crooked Cat, and shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Joan Hessayon Award. Books that followed include two set in the 1960s – To Brighton and Back, and A Little Drop of Moonshine. The Wife’s Revenge was her first in the psychological suspense genre, followed by The Girl in the Tunnel. Her books writing as Zara Thorne include Christmas at Spindlewood, and Summer at the Ginger Cat Cafe. Deirdre has recently signed a four-book deal with Storm Publishing, who will be publishing three of her backlist novels, as well as a brand-new book in 2023.

Helen J Rolfe

Helen J Rolfe writes contemporary women’s fiction set in different cities and countries around the world, including Melbourne, Sydney, New York, Connecticut, Bath and the Cotswolds. Helen also writes for Orion Books under the name Helen Rolfe. She has recently signed a sixteen book deal with publisher Boldwood Books. Born and raised in the UK, Helen graduated from University with a business degree and began working in I.T. This job took her over to Australia where she lived for fourteen years. She now lives in  Hertfordshire with her husband and their children. Her books include the popular New York Ever After and Heritage Cove series.

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Lynne Pardoe

Lynne started in social work over 30 years ago. She loved the job and did every scrap of extra training she could, including specialist mental health work, and training to be a social work teacher. She studied and gained an M.A. from Bradford University in social work but never wanted to be promoted. She just wanted to be the best she could be. She now writes novels based on her life experience, including books about social work and disability. Her latest release is Healing Hearts at Cherry Orchard Farm

Sharon Booth

Sharon Booth writes contemporary and paranormal romantic fiction with plenty of humour. Her debut novel, There Must Be an Angel, was independently published through Fabrian Books in 2015. Since then she has published a further twenty-five books, most of them through her own imprint, Green Ginger Publishing. She has also had a short story and two pocket novels published by DC Thomson for The People’s Friend, has published audio books with WF Howes, and five large print novels through Ulverscroft. Her books include the popular Bramblewick and Kearton Bay series, as well as the paranormal romantic comedy series, The Witches of Castle Clair. Sharon has recently signed a three-book deal with Storm Publishing who will be publishing her brand-new Tuppenny Bridge series, set in the stunning Yorkshire Dales. The first will be out in May 2023.


Winter Tales

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As the days become chilly and the evenings draw in, why not cosy up with us and enjoy our anthology packed full of stories to warm the heart? The Write Romantics present their anthology of uplifting short stories created just for you. So light the fire, settle down on the sofa, and prepare to spend Christmas in July, visit The Bookshop of Dreams, meet The Handsome Stranger, and fall in love with Mr Perfect. Just a few of the twenty-three stories guaranteed to bring a smile to your lips and touch your soul, especially as all proceeds of this anthology will go to The Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Breast Cancer Now.

                               Authors in order of appearance are:

Jessica Redland

Rhoda Baxter

Zanna Mackenzie

Jo Bartlett

Harriet James (Deirdre Palmer)

Alison May

Holly Martin

Kerry Fisher

Sharon Booth

Sarah Painter

Jackie Ladbury

Helen Phifer

Jennifer Bohnet

Helen J Rolfe

Alys West

Terri Nixon

Annie Lyons

Linda Huber

Sarah Lewis

Rachael Thomas

Lynne Pardoe

Samantha Tonge

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