Our Authors

We are lucky to have a wide variety of talented authors who are all part of Chasing Driftwood in one way or another. Some of our writers are working on books, poetry, short stories and more. Others have completed work and are currently seeking publication. A few have chosen the self-publishing route and have books available to purchase, while others have secured traditional publishing contracts. All of these authors are part or have been part of our adult writing group, where progress is the main aim!

Chantelle Atkins was born and raised in Dorset, England and still resides there now with her husband, four children, and multiple pets. She is addicted to reading, writing, and music and writes for both the young adult and adult genres. Her fiction is described as gritty, edgy and compelling. Her debut Young Adult novel The Mess Of Me deals with eating disorders, self-harm, fractured families and first love. Her second novel, The Boy With The Thorn In His Side follows the musical journey of a young boy attempting to escape his brutal home life and has now been developed into a 6 book series. She is also the author of This Is Nowhere and award-winning dystopian, The Tree Of Rebels, plus a collection of short stories related to her novels called Bird People and Other Stories. The award-winning Elliot Pie’s Guide To Human Nature was released through Pict Publishing in October 2018. Chantelle has had multiple articles about writing published by Author’s Publish magazine. You can follow Chantelle’s blog here https://chantelleatkins.com/ and find her books on Amazon. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Chantelle-Atkins/e/B00J7ACVCY?ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vu00_tkin_p1_i0


Sim Alec Sansford
Sim Sansford

Born and raised in the county town of Dorchester, Dorset, Sim began scribbling away stories on scraps of paper since before he can remember. He spent a lot of his childhood on adventures, walking the dogs in the woodland surrounding Thomas Hardy’s cottage with his family. Something about the cottage and ‘the man what wrote stuff’ who had lived there sparked a fire inside him. It was from there he began to focus on writing more seriously. 

In 2012, Sim signed up to Open University to study Creative Writing alongside working full time. He isn’t quite sure how he made it out alive, but he graduated with honours and began using the skills he had acquired to edit and redraft old work.  

​In 2019 Sim, along with some talented friends, set up blandfordliteraryfestival.com. The town’s first-ever literary festival. The events were a huge success with both writers and readers alike. 

In November, 2020 Sim joined Chasing Driftwood Writing Group as an equal Director and partner with Chantelle.

Sim’s website; https://www.simalecsansford.com/

Sim’s books; https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sim-Alec-Sansford/e/B07YWGB183?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1605605710&sr=8-1

undefined Toby Martin.

I’ve been writing since I was ridiculously young, although I’m happy to say I think I’ve improved a lot since those initial makeshift books in felt-tip pen and terrible spelling. I’m constantly looking to push the boundaries of what I write, and whilst my current preferred avenue is contemporary fiction, I’m looking to expand into some speculative fiction as well, should time allow.I was accepted into Bournemouth University in 2015 and have more recently started a postgraduate degree in Creative Writing & Publishing. Outside of writing, you can usually find me either with a performing arts group, with a humanist group, or doing way too deep analysis of any creative work I feel you might like. You can find out more about me here; https://tobythewastrel.wordpress.com/

Lisa Sell is a thriller writer who also scribbles short stories. Throughout her writing career she’s blogged about the twists and turns on her site:www.lisasell.co.uk   To combat writer’s bum and keep mentally fit, Lisa is a runner. The consequence is she’s now a running bore but is proud of her achievements.When she’s reading, Lisa practically hoovers up books. The to-be-read pile has become a tower, threatening to topple on her when she’s sleeping. Music rocks Lisa’s world too, particularly a good eighties tune. If lost, you’ll find Lisa in a DeLorean, headed for her favourite decade.Lisa’s cats, Feegle and Wullie, try to help her write but often fail. The furry pests demand attention and desk space. Lisa is currently applying for cat wrangling to be recognised as an Olympic sport. Lisa is a happy pup to be part of the Bloodhound Books team. Just don’t tell the cats.  

You can follow Lisa on Twitter: @LisaLisax31

She’s also on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lisasellwriter

undefined JV Spicer. ‘Born and raised in Malaysia, I came to the UK for the sole purpose of higher education. Eventually, I married a British guy and settled in the UK, and have two lovely sons.
I owe my love of stories to my dad who was seldom without a book. I’m not one of those who started writing stories the minute I could hold a pencil, but I was forever making up stories in my head, which I acted out, either alone or with my sister.
Like most children, my first taste of stories came from the smorgasbord of European fairy tales. And I was lucky enough to have the added flavour of Hindu mythological tales. This led to a steady diet of fantasy. From all that foodie reference, you might think that I enjoy eating – and you would be right!
While trying to combat the tedium of my retail job – hours stuck behind a till in a quiet part of the shop – I started writing. It didn’t take me long to realise how much I enjoyed it. Not surprisingly, it was ‘fantasy’ stories that flowed from my imagination.
There were times my writing suffered through hard times – losing my parents, getting divorced – but it always helped me re-focus, providing an outlet for my inner turmoil.
I enjoy reading different genres, but my favourite remains fantasy. And my writing genre of choice is YA fantasy and fairy-tale retellings.’

You can find Joy’s books here; https://www.amazon.co.uk/Joy-V-Spicer/e/B01N06I8ZZ?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1559053562&sr=1-1-catcorr