Members’ Achievements and Aspirations

We have about 40 members, with a great mixture of experience, from novice to professional. Here, some of our members share their stories of what they have achieved or hope to achieve. If you are a member of Chiltern Writers we would like to include your writing biog on this page, however experienced or inexperienced you are; please contact the website co-ordinator Jonathan via the contact form available via the bottom of the menu on the left.

Jonathan Bullard

Jonathan has been interested in writing for as long as he can remember and even does some of it from time to time. In the past this took the form of short stories or ridiculously long letters, but nowadays it’s mainly the occasional review of books, films or anything else that takes his fancy. He came second in the 2012 Chiltern Writers Short Story competition, but as yet this hasn’t led to an increase in his creative output and most of his writing takes the form of pithy and insightful e-mails at work.


Debbie Clarke

Debbie has been writing seriously for nearly twenty years.  In 2013 her short story, No Longer Home, was published in charitable anthology Stories for Homes in aid of homelessness charity Shelter, and she was Highly Commended for her blog entry in Emma Darwin’s Postiversary Itch of Writing competition.  Debbie is currently trying to strengthen the plot of her first novel before sending it out to agents.  She also has plans for a book on cats, and three specialist cookbooks.


Jan Halstead

Jan considers herself to be a dabbler in writing, and lives under the illusion that she will sit down and get on with it when she finally retires. She has had articles published in Nursing Standard, The Lady and Best of British, and her short stories have appeared in The Weekly News and The People’s Friend. She is also a competition ‘groupie’. In 2011, she won Writing Magazine’s ‘First Date’ competition with her story, ‘Lonely Like Me’, and in 2012 was runner up in their 750 word competition with ‘Ciao Amanda’. Other writing activities include flicking tearfully through her rejections file while comfort eating.


Susie Kearley

Susie writes full-time for magazines and specialist newspapers in the UK and USA, covering diverse topics including health, travel, spirituality, wildlife, pets, and history. She’s interviewed all sorts of people from TV presenters to dog trainers. Being a creative soul, she also has a keen interest in photography, and some of her work is available on Alamy. Her biggest achievement? Making a living from freelance writing. Susie has had a number of non-fiction books published; they’re all available on Amazon here:

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Hywela Lyn

A member of the Romance Novelists Association, Lyn Evans writes under her first two names, Hywela Lyn, but is usually known just by her second name, Lyn. Originally from rural Wales she moved to England when she married. She writes mainly romantic futuristic and science fantasy, although occasionally she dabbles in western historical short stories, one of which was published in The Lady magazine. She has been shortlisted in Writers News and was featured in the Members’ News section when her first novel Starquest. a Science Fiction romance,  was published by the American Publisher The Wild Rose Press. It was followed byChildren Of The Mist and became a trilogy with the release of Beloved Enemy, forming the Destiny Trilogy.

She has also published an ‘indie’ version of her fantasy romance novella Dancing With Fate which was originally released by TWRP as part of a commissioned anthology. All her books are available either in paperback or as e-books from the publisher, Amazon and other online stores, or from her own website  or Blog: https://  and the the Destiny Trilogy is also available in audio.

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Dave Sivers

Dave is a successful Indie author who has published seven books to date, including four in the popular Archer and Baines crime series set in the Chilterns. The latest in the series is The Blood That Binds.  He has also published two hybrid ‘crime fantasy’ mysteries, featuring the inquisitor Lowmar Dashiel, and the collection Dark and Deep: Ten Coffee Break Crime Stories.  Dave has written articles for a wide range of publications, and has also co-written two comedy plays, Recipe for Disaster and Dancing on the Forecourt, as well as the script and lyrics for Mary! A Nativity Musical. He is a founder of the BeaconLit literary festival in Ivinghoe, which has taken place annually since 2013. You can visit Dave’s website at


Sandra Smith

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Sandra Smith’s articles and interviews have been published in Country Life, Country Living and Landscape. She is an exhibition reviewer for The Lady, writes artist profiles for Hampshire Life, a Creative Vale column for Vale Life and is a regular contributor to Buckinghamshire Life and Hertfordshire Life. Other magazines featuring her work include: Writing Magazine, Writers’ Forum, Professional Security, The Chap, Sorted, Dance Review, The Four Shires, The Oldie, Worcestershire Life, Warwickshire Life, Prayer for Today and Tring and Berkhamsted Gazette. Sandra is also a Neighbourhood News columnist for The Bucks Herald. Her Wordplay column is featured in Thame Out.

Sandra runs a Regular Writing group and has held workshops at Thame Arts & Literature Festival, Chipping Norton Festival and Chalfont St Giles Literary Festival. She has been interviewed on BBC Radio Oxford and BBC Three Counties Radio, was one of the organisers and judges of the Berkhamsted Writing Competition and is one of the organiser’s for 2016’s BeaconLit. She tweets via @TheCurrentMrsS and @BucksLifeMags and is a past Programme Coordinator and Chair of Chiltern Writers.