Our Authors

Our authors are recognised authorities in their fields, whether that’s football, psychology or the peaks of the Lake District.  Meet some of our authors below.

About our authors

Chris Arnot, author of Step Beach Press's Fields of Dreams

Chris Arnot, author of Fields of Dreams and The Day We Won The Cup


Chris Arnot has been a national freelance feature writer for over twenty years. In 2011 he became a published author, co-writing The Archers Archive for BBC Books.  His own book, Britain’s Lost Cricket Grounds, attracted three 5-star reviews on Amazon, and many glowing commendations from the sports pages of the major broadsheets, including the columns of Frank Keating and Richard Williams in The Guardian, and Steve James in The Telegraph.

In his newspaper career, Arnot has written on a wide range of subjects from arts, education and social issues to pubs, property, food and travel. He wrote regularly for The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independent and The Observer.

Tanya Oliver, author of Step Beach Press's From High Heels to High Hills

Tanya Oliver, author of From High Heels to High Hills


Tanya Oliver is a travel and walking writer, basing her book, From High Heels to High Hills, on her own experiences. For Tanya, walking is not just a hobby, it’s a way of life. Born in Kent, she now lives on the Kent/Sussex border but spends much of her time in the Lake District. Tanya has travelled to many parts of the world but her heart is in England. A guest writer for several tourist organisations, she also works with the National Trust in the Lake District. Her well known fell-walking blog has attracted an avid following and enchanted many walkers and non-walkers alike. She loves hiking, shopping and high heels.

Terry Philpot, author of Step Beach Press's 31 London Cemeteries to Visit Before You Die and Beside the Seaside: Brighton's places and its people

Terry Philpot, author of 31 London Cemeteries to Visit Before You Die, Beside the Seaside: Brighton's places and its people and Over Here, Over There: the people and places that made the story of London and America


Terry Philpot has written or edited 22 books, mainly on a wide range of social policy topics. He has contributed 23 entries to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. He writes regularly for The Tablet and has written for a wide range of publications, including The Guardian, for which he also writes obituaries, as he has for The Times and The Daily Telegraph. Terry is a former editor and has won several awards for journalism.

Jackee Holder, author of Step Beach Press's 49 Ways to Write Yourself Well

Jackee Holder, author of 49 Ways to Write Yourself Well

Jackee is a life coach, trainer, writer, interfaith minister, published author and creativity expert. She works nationally and internationally with groups and individuals and has helped thousands of people to enrich and transform their lives, and achieve extraordinary results. 

Jackee’s career began as a youth worker in Hackney in the eighties, and then in residential social work (she qualified as a Youth and Community Worker in 1989 with a six month baby in tow), followed by a corporate post working in Training and Development in a local authority. In 1995 she set up Life Work In Progress (Training, Coaching and Personal Development) and started working freelance. She has a Masters Degree in Creative Writing and Personal Development , is a qualified life coach, an ordained Interfaith Minister and spiritual counsellor.

Jan Alcoe, co-author of Step Beach Press's 49 Ways to Think Yourself Well

Jan Alcoe, co-author of 49 Ways to Think Yourself Well


Jan is a registered hypnotherapist and uses a solution-focused approach to work with people who have chronic illness, depression and anxiety problems. She combines hypnosis with cognitive and mindfulness approaches to change unhelpful patterns and rehearse preferred ways of thinking and behaving. Above all, her approach is focused on utilising each individual’s strengths and building on past success in order to facilitate change. 


In addition to speaking and running workshops on well-being, she has written and edited many health care publications, including two recent books, based on her work and personal experience of cancer, Lifting Your Spirits: seven tools for coping with illness (2008) and The Heart of Well-being: seven tools for surviving and thriving (2010), both published by the Janki Foundation.


Emily Gajewski (Nee Lindsey-Clark), co-author of Step Beach Press's 49 Ways to Think Yourself Better

Emily Gajewski (Nee Lindsey-Clark), co-author of 49 Ways to Think Yourself Well

Emily is a state registered Occupational Therapist and Human Givens Therapist and has worked in a wide range of mental health settings within the NHS and in private practice for over 14 years as a therapist, trainer and supervisor. She feels passionate about helping to break down stigma around mental health issues and firmly believes that by learning and using tried and tested techniques, we all have the potential to be emotionally healthy and happy. 

Emily lectures nationally on the subject of self harm, psychosis and counselling skills and has contributed to various publications, including  An Idea in practice: Using the Human Givens approach (Human Givens Publishing, 2007), that was short listed for The MIND Book Of The Year Award 2008. She also developed The Positive Birthing Team, a leading team in the UK that works therapeutically with women to transform their often crippling fear of birth, allowing them to embrace the possibility of having the labour and birth they have dreamed of.

Paul Hazlewood, author of Step Beach Press's Stadium Yes!

Paul Hazlewood, author of Living the Dream


Paul runs his own business Albion Images as well as being club photographer at Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club. His passion is people and he loves capturing them being passionate about what they do, whether his subject is straining every last sinew to reach sporting excellence, meticulously laying the foundations of an architectural masterpiece, committing the rest of their life to the one they love, or delivering a speech to motivate the workforce. His mission in life is to preserve those moments in time forever.

Martina Watts, author of Step Beach Press's  49 Ways to Eat Yourself Well

Martina Watts, author of 49 Ways to Eat Yourself Well


Martina Watts MSc Nut Med MBANT CNHC is a practising Nutritional Therapist with a special interest in how our technological age impacts on food and the environment, and the consequent effects on physical and mental health, including addictive behaviour. An independent nutrition consultant at www.thehealthbank.co.uk, she runs training sessions on how to improve resilience and performance with nutrition science for health, education and social care professionals and private and third sector organisations.


Martina is a member of the Guild of Health Writers and has written articles for a variety of magazines and journals. She wrote a popular column on nutritional matters for the Sussex Argus newspaper from 1999-2009, and is editor of Nutrition and Mental Health: A handbook and Nutrition and Addiction – Supporting recovery from food and substance misuse with nutritional and lifestyle interventions, both published by Pavilion

Ron Iphofen, author of 49 Ways to Pull Yourself Together

Ron Iphofen, author of 49 Ways to Pull Yourself Together


Ron is an independent consultant with a background in health research. He has forty years’ experience in higher and adult education and for 12 years had a practice in clinical hypnosis. He was formerly Director of Postgraduate Studies in the School of Healthcare Sciences, Bangor University and is currently a Visiting Research Fellow with the Open University. He is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, the Higher Education Academy, the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis and the British Association of Medical Hypnosis. He is a scientific consultant and adviser in research ethics to the European Commission and continues to advise public and private agencies in the UK and Ireland. He is founding editor of the Journal Quality in Ageing and Older Adults.

Frances Carter

Frances Carter


Frances is a writer and academic with interests in female sexuality as well the design of sexualised goods and spaces. Her current research focuses on talking to women about their experiences of sexual consumption.

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