Usha OliverUsha Oliver was born into a military/theatrical family in Chennai, India. In the 1980’s she came to live in London following an arranged marriage. Her first book, A Brighter Day, is a testimony of hope: the story of a young woman who finds the strength to leave her abusive marriage to become an entrepreneur. Her social enterprise, Dare to Dream helps women who have been through domestic violence or have struggled to overcome their circumstances. Usha works for the public sector in procurement, in her capacity as a motivational speaker and transformational coach, she has a reputation of being a dynamic, life changing speaker who is passionate about uncovering latent potential. She is the recipient of a BEFFTA leadership award.
Emily StanfordEmily Stanford was born in Africa. A move to England as a child coincided with Emily’s awakening passion for children’s literature. Alongside the many books she read her imagination and her passion for word-craft was cultivated by living in an old cottage in the middle of a field, down Thanksgiving Lane. Like Elin in Elin’s Air, she experienced a spiritual awakening in her teens. Music has always been part of the air that Emily breathes. She graduated from the University of Wales, Bangor with a degree and a music-loving husband. Her love of creative communication led her to home educate her four children and to continually explore communication through different mediums. Through her writing, Emily strives to educate by provoking imagination. She hopes to bring appreciation of the British countryside, culture and social history, to celebrate word-craft and expose wisdom and knowledge.
Bettina is a classically trained pianist. She studied Church Music at the Bischoefliche Kirchenmusik Schule Berlin, and then worked as a Church Organist in St. Elisabeth, Schoeneberg.
In the 90’s Bettina went to the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre in London, where she completed a Postgraduate Course in Music Therapy. Afterwards she worked in a Special Needs Nursery in Essex. She has also run Pre-school Music classes and worked as a private piano tutor.
Bettina has always had a keen interest in writing, starting a diary when she was 6 years old. She also wrote her own song lyrics, as well as poetry.
Rachel EastwellRachel Eastwell was born in North Wales in 1974. She studied at Bangor Normal College, where she trained as a teacher, specialising in Art and Design. Since then art has become more of an occasional pastime and so she was very pleased to be able to put her skills to good use in illustrating her own book, including the cover.
Rachel has always enjoyed reading, ploughing her way through many Enid Blyton books as a youngster. Now she prefers reading books to do with philosophy, Christian church history and psychology.
Since starting a family she has been working as a supply teacher in local primary schools. She is married with two daughters, aged 10 and 13. As well as reading and art, Rachel also likes playing board games, being outdoors and most of all doing these things with her family.