Saturday, June 4, 2022

Joint book signing event...

 Support Your Local Authors!

 Meet Woking's Great Independent Writers

Lionsheart Bookshop

Commercial Way, Woking, Surrey

Saturday 23 July - 4 pm to 6 pm.

 The authors present will include:-

Lelita Baldock, JRC Cox,

Mal Foster & Greg Freeman

(Others to be confirmed)


All books will be 10% off their normal retail price!

* Please note revised times

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Meet Woking's fabulous independent authors...

Many thanks for supporting the 2nd Woking Writers’ Week. You will have seen, Woking has a wealth of writing talent and these authors, I am sure, are all grateful for your support. 

The authors’ books are mostly available on Amazon or via their independent websites. Many of the books are also available in the Lionsheart Bookshop, at Commercial Way in Woking. 

I would like to thank all the authors for their participation and support and would urge any local writers, who have not been included on the blog  to get in touch. 

Woking Writes is here to support the work of all local authors! 

Best Wishes, Mal Foster (Blog Admin)

Sunny Angel author 
of 'Wings'

Sunny Angel Bio: My name is Sunny Angel, I changed my name via deed poll so I could share my story to safeguard others. I now have a new life as well as a new name. I’m 42, I was born in England and I live in Woking, Surrey, the outskirts of London. 

Ever since I was diagnosed with Atrial Septal Defect (Hole in the Heart) my mission was to tell my story before I die, to help inspire others to heal. I didn't want my pain to be wasted. I'm thankful my experiences have helped safeguard many others. I believe Life is for living, not just surviving or existing.

I was sexually abused as a child. At 17, I had a stalker who groomed me through fear of hurting my Family. He raped and tortured me in a locked house for 6 months. Following my escape, my Parents allowed me back only to get rid of me via a Forced Marriage. I wasn’t ready for marriage, so I left to go to a homeless shelter where I did an overdose and attempted suicide. I woke up in the hospital realising death had rejected me too. My Parents then coerced and forced my marriage to a man with disabilities. The Groom’s family wanted ‘Dowry’ and gave me and my family abuse. My Parents collected me after 4 months of marriage and it ended in divorce.

Now, I am a Speaker, Campaigner, Author and Survivor Ambassador. I wrote my Book ‘Wings’ with my friend Paul King. I have had the honour of doing speeches with Nazir Afzal OBE, Jasvinder Sanghera CBE, Family Division Judges of the High Court, Lord and Lady Justices of Appeal, Barristers, Multi-Agency, Social Workers, Drs, Hospital staff, Teachers, University Students, School Parents, Major Crime Unit, Several police forces, Multi-Faith, Inter-Faith and Charities. 

I have worked with seven Universities.

I am a Finalist for the Heroine of the Year Award (Domestic Violence) 2017, Nominated for Author of the Year WLA 2017, Finalist for the British Indian Awards 2018 (Arts & Cultural Awareness), Winner for the Beautiful Survivors World of Honours – Ladies of All Nations International 2018, Winner of the She Inspires Award 2018 and True Honour Award 2019.

‘Wings’ has featured in various Newspapers, National and International. TV, Radios and Documentaries.

Lelita Baldock author of 'Where the Gulls Fall Silent'

Lelita Baldock Bio: Woking-based Lelita Baldock is an author of historical fiction and crime fiction. She has a passion for dark stories, with an unexpected twist.

It was during her years studying English Literature at University that Lelita discovered her love of all things reading and writing. But it would be another 15 years before she took up the challenge and wrote her own novel.

Her debut novel, the historical fiction Widow's Lace, is an Amazon best-seller.

Her follow up, The Unsound Sister, saw her take a different direction in her writing, trying her hand at crime fiction and has been warmly received globally.

Her third novel, Where the Gulls Fall Silent, a return to historical fiction is available to pre-order now.

Lelita also runs a blog and newsletter featuring fellow authors and other creatives.

JRC Cox Bio. I work in the video games industry by day and write for fun in my spare time. Kings of the Land is my first full novel and is the beginning of an action-adventure series I have planned out. Before that, I warmed up with writing three children's books with my daughter, set in our Farland Valley universe.

Alan Dale author of 'Theta Double Dot'

Alan Dale Bio: Alan Dale is a graduate mechanical engineer, with project management experience in the petrochemical industry. He began writing a few years ago, in his fifties, by enrolling on the Writers Bureau Comprehensive Writing Course. Alan has since had short stories, articles and features published in magazines and online. He lives in Surrey and is a member of the Woking Writers’ Circle.

Mal Foster Bio: Very much a self-proclaimed “writer of the ordinary man,” Mal Foster was born in 1956 and grew up in Camberley, Surrey before moving to nearby Knaphill in the late 1980s. He had left school just before his sixteenth birthday in 1972 to help support his single mother and younger brother. Around this time he began writing poetry, and indeed, his first poems were published soon after.

Now semi-retired, Mal counts his time as a local journalist as a career highlight. 

Since 2015, Mal has gone on to publish five novels, from which he has enjoyed some great feedback and exposure. His latest, 'Fluke's Cradle', a psychological thriller, was published in April 2022.

Greg Freeman Bio: Greg Freeman is a former newspaper sub-editor, and now the news and reviews editor for the poetry website Write Out Loud. His debut pamphlet collection, Trainspotters, was published by Indigo Dreams in 2015. He co-runs a monthly open mic poetry night in Woking, Surrey. He watched the second half of England's World Cup drubbing against Germany in a pub in Ludlow with the-then poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy; and with hundreds of others, contributed vocals on Chuck Berry's no 1 hit, My Ding-A-Ling. Greg's latest poetry collection, The Fall of Singapore is now also available (See website)

Jacquelynn Luben author of 'Lost Innocents'

Jacquelynn Luben Bio: Jacquelynn Luben has been writing for more than thirty years, and has brought out six books - two non-fiction, one children’s book and three novels, her most recent being a crime thriller, Lost Innocents.  It was the death of her second child, a baby daughter, that made writing imperative at that time, and important ever since.

Although originally a Londoner, she now lives in Surrey in the house which she and her husband built and, in which they lived for six months without laid on gas or electricity, as described in her autobiographical book, The Fruit of the Tree 

Jackie always wanted to write, and had imagined herself sitting with her notepad, her children frolicking around her feet as she scribbled, but instead, she was seduced into office work by three weeks’ paid holiday and luncheon vouchers (who remembers them?), failing to find the magical job which would lead her to a writing career.

Jackie left London for married life in Surrey, and for many years, was her husband’s reluctant secretary/bookkeeper. She dealt with all the administration from home, but she occasionally managed to escape to attend creative writing courses, and eventually, gained a BA (Combined Studies) from Surrey University as a mature student, with a dissertation on the Harry Potter series and other children's books. She now belongs to a reading circle made up of fellow graduates. She strongly believes that writers need to read the work of others, and she sometimes reviews her current choice of book on Amazon (under the penname Minijax) and Goodreads.

Apart from writing, she has also occasionally participated in writing workshops and used to give talks to various organisations on writing topics, prior to the pandemic.

With her children, having fled the nest, she now quite enjoys cooking for two. She also loves her garden, particularly planning what new plants should be tried out, whilst leaving the labour to others, more energetic.

In addition to her published books, Jackie Luben has written many articles and short stories. More than twenty of her short stories are available as Kindle books - some of which are published by Untreed Reads

Sue Mackender author of  'Girl on the Hill'

Sue Mackender Bio: Sue Mackender sold her successful recruitment business after 29 years to follow her lifelong passion for books and begin a new career as a writer. Sue is often termed as a Grit-Lit writer of Commercial Fiction. She places her heroines in impossible situations where they need to fight their corner to survive.

Her first two novels, Accident of Fate and Accident of Birth have been firm favourites with Book Club readers. She has also been published in America in the Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies. The Girl on the Hill is Sue’s third novel. In 2019 Sue was awarded the coveted Katie Fforde bursary. 

Sue lives with her husband in Surrey United Kingdom.

Harriet Steel author of 'Cold Case in Nuala'

Harriet Steel Bio: Educated in the New Forest and London and subsequently graduating from Cambridge with a BA in Law. I practised for many years as a solicitor before becoming a writer. I published several historical novels and a collection of short stories before turning to crime with The Inspector de Silva Mysteries. I live in Surrey with my husband and when I’m not writing, I like to visit art galleries and read about history, activities that inspire my writing. I’m also a keen traveller (although of course, that has to be of the armchair variety at the moment) and an enthusiastic gardener.

Nithinz Poetry Anthology - Woking Writes reaches out!

In response to Mal Foster’s ‘Writing as Therapy’ item on Monday, Woking Writes, heard from Nithin R.S. (pictured) who resides in India, proving how far-reaching the book blog has now become. 

He wrote, on the blog saying, “I started writing poetry when I was 14. I then started blogging in 2007. I was depressed for years. I then wrote a lot about politics in the last seven years. Then… I realised poetry can be my therapy. It has brought me a lot of peace of mind. 

His short message hit a raw nerve, especially upon opening his link at It proved to be a very special experience and we are more than pleased to invite you on his behalf to enjoy his well-crafted poetry and find out more!   



The Lionsheart Bookshop, Commercial Way, Woking

The Lionsheart bookshop and café in Woking’s Commercial Way offers a passionately curated range of books, along with artisan coffee and cakes in their comfortable café area.

A selection of books by Woking's authors

As well as being a major hub for stocking books by local authors, they offer book signing events, a book and reading club, as well as gaming evenings including Dungeons & Dragons and War Hammer evenings. 

They also offer 10% off the recommended price retail price on all books. 

Woking Writes and its authors are extremely grateful to the friendly and knowledgeable team at Lionsheart for supporting our endeavours. 

Books by Sunny Angel, Lelita Baldock, Greg Freeman, Mal Foster, Jacquelynn Luben and Sue Mackender are all included on their shelves. 

Please support such a great local and independent business!

 Lionsheart Website