Meet the writers and see their books

A number of Authors attend UK Games Expo.












Ian Livingstone

Ian co-founded iconic games company Games Workshop with Steve Jackson in 1975, launching Dungeons & Dragons in Europe. In 1982, he co-authored The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, again with Steve Jackson, the first interactive gamebook in the Fighting Fantasy series which has sold almost 20 million copies worldwide. He wrote 15 of the titles, including City of Thieves, Forest of Doom and Deathtrap Dungeon. 

Celebrating 35 years of Fighting Fantasy, he has written a new book, The Port of Peril, which will be published by Scholastic in August. He has been awarded a BAFTA Special Award, and was awarded a CBE in the 2013 New Year Honours list.

Ian will be signing copies of his books or any Fighting Fantasy and other works you might want to bring along. Or just go along and meet him.

Find him on Stand F11 At 2pm on Friday 2nd June and 1pm Saturday 3rd June and at other times.

At 6pm on Friday 2nd June in the Toute Suite he is also giving a talk on his history in the games industry from Games Workshop to Fighting Fantasy to Lara Croft, and will also reveal his Top 10 board games of all time. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from one of the founding fathers of the hobby games industry.

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Jonathan Green is a writer of speculative fiction, with more than sixty books to his name. He has written everything from Fighting Fantasy gamebooks to Doctor Who novels, by way of Sonic the Hedgehog, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Judge Dredd and Robin of Sherwood. 

He is the creator of the Pax Britannia steampunk series for Abaddon Books, and the author of the award-winning, and critically-acclaimed, YOU ARE THE HERO – A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks, as well as the Carroll-inspired adventure gamebook Alice’s Nightmare in Wonderland.

To find out more about his current projects visit and follow him on Twitter @jonathangreen.

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Richard Denning was born in Ilkeston in Derbyshire and lives in Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands. He has always been fascinated by historical settings as well as horror and fantasy. Other than writing, his main interests are games of all types. He is the designer of several board and card games and of course a director of UK Games Expo.

In 2010 Richard set up Mercia Books to independently publish his novels which written primarily for young adults and adult fantasy and historical fiction fans. He has published 10 books in 4 series.

The Northern Crown series (Set in Anglo Saxon Northumbria) including the BRAG medallion winner The Amber Treasure.

The Praesidium Series (Historical Fantasy in the 17th century) starting with the BRAG medallion winner The Last Seal

The Hourglass Institute Series (Time Travel adventures)

The Nine Worlds Series (Historical Fantasy in Saxon England) (Shield Maiden won a silver award from Literary Classics Awards)

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Darren W. Pearce is a British fantasy and sci-fi author, game designer, and has worked with the likes of Joe Dever, Cubicle 7, and is the lead writer on the Shaintar setting designed by Sean Patrick Fannon. 

He’s one of the Savage Mojo Family and wrote the Set Rising setting for Suzerain. He’s also a regular at the UK Games Expo. His work on the Core Box 11 for the Doctor Who RPG won him a Gold Ennie in 2013. He won an Epic E-Book Award 2011 (Best Anthology) for his anthology work on Bad A$$ Faeries 3.

He's also worked on Dragon Kings, the spiritual successor to Dark Sun by Tim Brian Brown. Taking on the role of 13th Age lead writer, and working on the core book. He is currently the lead writer on Judge Dredd And the Worlds of 2000AD, the RPG developed and published by En Publishing.

Darren’s worked in roleplaying games since 2000, and hopes to carry on for a long time to come

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SC Skillman was born in Orpington, Kent, and spent four years living in Australia. She now lives in Warwick with her husband David, daughter Abigail and son Jamie.
She has always been fascinated by fantasy and the paranormal: her most loved books include classic tales of the macabre and the unexplained, and she includes the great fantasy novelists among her favourite authors.
Other than writing, Sheila’s main interests are visiting historic sites and castles, especially places like Chastleton House  near Moreton-in-Marsh where everything has remained essentially unchanged for nearly 400 years.  Her own sister’s true-life paranormal experience influenced  A Passionate Spirit and Sheila weaves several true ghost stories into the story. In addition she has long been interested in exploring esoteric philosophies and lifestyles. One of her favourite experiences was a residential Dream Interpretation course in a rainforest halfway up a mountain in Queensland, led by a shaman who was an expert in Tibetan Dream Yoga; this gave her an insight into prophetic and lucid dreaming and shapeshifting: both phenomena that tend to recur in her novels.
In 2010 Sheila published Mystical Circles, a psychological suspense novel and this was followed by A Passionate Spirit, paranormal thriller.  She has also published a writer’s guide, Perilous Path: A Writer’s Journey, full of helpful tips, insights and reminders for writers. She is now writing the follow-up to her first two novels, Director’s Cut, which is a modern gothic novel.
To find out more about her visit her on her official website or her blog at and  follow her on Twitter:  @scskillman
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Gareth Baker was born in Cornwall (home of King Arthur), but he’s lived in virtually every part of England. He now lives in Nottingham (home of Robin Hood). In case you hadn’t noticed already, he’s obsessed with heroes.
Being born in the 70s, Gareth was raised on a whole host of films and TV shows centred around the hero’s journey – Star Wars, Robin of Sherwood, Superman: The Movie, The Three Musketeers, to name just a handful – and it’s left its mark in his fiction, whether it be the retelling of a Greek myth, a fantasy novel or a modern crime thriller.
In 2013, Gareth set up Taralyn Books to independently publish books for children and thrillers and fantasy for adults under the name G H Mockford. He has written four children’s books (with two more due out this year), and two thrillers set in his home city of Nottingham. Later this year he will be releasing his first piece of fantasy fiction for adults. When he is not writing he takes his passion, enthusiasm and experience into schools, carrying out a variety of workshops including world building and hero creation.
He is a keen role-player, and GMs a weekly session of the classic swashbuckling game, 7th Sea.
Gareth is a regular contributor to local television channel Notts TV, as well as being a board member of the Nottingham Writers Studio. He is also in the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE).
For more information about Gareth, his books for children, or his school visits, pop along to
For more information on his thrillers and fantasy novels, please visit

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