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Countdown to #RARE14

In the countdown to #RARE14 our authors got together with some of our favourite bloggers to talk writing, heroes, heroines, Scotland and more...

Wildfire

Man vs. Toddler

Matt Coyne
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@Charles_HRH

By the Grace of God, Prince Charles of Wales. Future King. Currently resides in Clarence House, London, and on social media, where over 450,000 subjects worldwide continue to enjoy His Royal Highness's sarcasm and wit. The British Empire ruled one quarter of the world, so why not the Internet as well?Winner of the Golden Twits 2012, and the Shorty Awards 2013 in the Fake Celebrity categories. Husband to Camilla. Father to William and Harry. Grandpa to George.

Amanda Berry

Amanda Berry is a national bestselling author for Harlequin Special Edition books. Leaving behind a career as a public accountant, she followed her heart and began to write romantic fiction. Find out more about Amanda by visiting www.amanda-berry.com, and follow her on Twitter @amandasberry.

Amy Nickell

Amy Nickell is a journalist and whether she is oversharing in newspapers and magazines, such as the Metro, the Guardian and Grazia, or in front of the camera offering Jennifer Aniston Doritos, she's never taken a standard approach. But the real surprise came when Amy discovered she was pregnant and without a boyfriend. Despite the bad press, unplanned pregnancy and single parenthood didn't ruin her life and she's been writing and talking about it ever since including appearances on Good Morning Britain and BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour. She now lives in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire with her son Freddy who is now three and her partner, Oliver. Her favourite Spice Girl is Geri and she eats one avocado every day.

Billy Connolly

Billy Connolly is a Scottish comedian, musician, presenter and actor.

Brian Kimberling

Brian Kimberling was born and grew up in Indiana, where he was briefly employed as an ornithologist, a job that inspired his first book, SNAPPER. Before settling in the UK, he lived and worked in Prague, and drew on extensive experience teaching English in bars to create the character of Elliott in GOULASH. He now lives and works in Bath.

Hilary Pereira

Hilary Pereira is a journalist and author with a special interest in parenting. A former deputy editor of Mother & Baby magazine, she now writes for a wide range of media including magazines and websites. She is also mum to a school-age daughter. Hilary is married and lives in Surrey. She is the author of the Netmums guide Your Pregnancy, as well as The Good Childcare Guide and Best of Friends - a guide to giving your child confidence.

Hollie Smith

Hollie Smith's background is in women's weekly magazines, specialising in parenting and health. She spent four years as a commissioning editor for Woman, and has also written for Best, Red, Family Circle, the Daily Mail, the Express, the Mirror and the Times.

James Delingpole

James Delingpole was born in the Midlands, lives in London and rants on rock, politics, TV, books, food and culture for newspapers and magazines including the Spectator, the Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Mail. His main ambitions are to abolish windfarms, somehow find enough money to educate his children privately, bring about world peace, and go back in time and win a DSO commanding a battalion on D-Day.

Jeannie Lin

Jeannie Lin is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning author best known for bringing Tang Dynasty China to historical romance. She also writes Opium War steampunk. Find her online at www.jeannielin.com, and connect with her on Twitter @JeannieLin, and Facebook at www.facebook.com/JeannieLinOfficialPage.

Jill Mansell

'The queen of witty, heart-warming, feel-good love stories' RedJill Mansell started writing fiction while working in the NHS, after she read a magazine article that inspired her to join a local creative writing class. She has since written over twenty Sunday Times bestsellers, including This Could Change Everything, The One You Really Want and You And Me, Always, and her books have sold over 11 million copies around the world. Jill's hobbies include buying stationery, particularly magical new colours of ink for the fountain pen she uses to write all her books. She lives in Bristol with her family. Jill keeps in touch with her readers on Twitter - @JillMansell - and Facebook - /OfficialJillMansell.

John Kv Eunson

John KV Eunson was born in Shetland and moved to the mainland to see where all that North Sea Oil went to. Graduating from Edinburgh University, where he excelled at Earth Science 1, John has worked for many years in bookselling and publishing. Having lived in Scotland for most of his life and being fairly interested in old things, John is ideally qualified to write a book on Scottish history. John KV Eunson is 42, but looks up to 18 months younger.

Kathryn Hughes

Kathryn Hughes was born in Altrincham, near Manchester. After completing a secretarial course, Kathryn met her husband and they married in Canada. For twenty-nine years they ran a business together, raised two children and travelled when they could to places such as India, Singapore, South Africa and New Zealand. Kathryn and her family now make their home in a village near Manchester. The Letter, Kathryn's first novel, was a digital #1 and international bestseller, and her second novel The Secret has been highly acclaimed. The Key is Kathryn Hughes' third novel.

Martin Berry

Martin Berry is a freelance illustrator and artist working in a range of media from oils and watercolours to digital. He receives commissions from a variety of clients for subjects including architecture, portraiture, illustrated maps, caricatures and cartoons. Examples of his work can be seen at martinberryart.co.uk. Martin lives in Leicestershire.

Matt Coyne

Matt Coyne is 44 years old and a writer from Sheffield, South Yorkshire. In September 2015, Matt's life was turned upside down by the arrival of his son Charlie. After three months of fatherhood, he logged on to Facebook and wrote about his experience of having to live with 'a furious, sleep-murdering, unstable and incontinent, breasts-obsessed midget lodger'. Within days, his post about surviving the first few months of parenthood became a viral sensation and was shared all over the world. Following this, Matt created his popular blog Man vs. Baby, which now has over 200,000 followers, and subsequently wrote a Sunday Times-bestselling book based on his first year of parental triumphs and disasters entitled Dummy. Matt lives in Sheffield with Charlie, his partner Lyndsay and a Jack Russell terrier with 'issues' called Eddie.Facebook: /manversusbabyTwitter: @mattcoyney

Netmums

Netmums was founded in 2000 by former marketing director Siobhan Freegard after the birth of her second child. It began in her local Harrow community but membership increased rapidly and branches of Netmums have been formed all over the UK. Patrons are Dame Anita Roddick and John Bird MBE. Judith Wills is a mother of two and the author of The Food Bible, The Children's Food Bible and Everyday Eating for Babies and Children. Her books have been translated into more than 20 languages across the world, and have appeared in the bestseller lists in countries including France, Italy, Finland, Germany and Canada.

October Jones

Joe Butcher (October Jones) was born and raised in Birmingham, England. Ironically, he spent most of his childhood terrified of dogs.Joe developed a keen interest in visual storytelling at school, and he attended the University of Wolverhampton where he came away with a shiny first class degree in animation.Joe eventually landed a job at a small media company in Derby, where to this day he designs learning software for kids. He has recently worked on animation projects for the BBC, as well as doing music videos for UK comedy band 'The Amateur Transplants'Despite being almost 30 years old, Joe has wonderful Lego Star Wars collection and no girlfriend. These two facts are not connected. He currently lives in Stourbridge with his bulldog 'Cooper'.

Shawntelle Madison

Shawntelle Madison is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of speculative fiction and contemporary romance. She is a web developer who loves to weave words as well as code. Visit her website at www.shawntellemadison.com, follow her on Twitter @Shawntelle, and find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShawntelleMadisonAuthor.

Siobhan Freegard

Siobhan Freegard was raised in a small town in Ireland and came to London when she was 18. She worked her way up the corporate ladder to become a marketing director and then had her first child aged 29. After struggling with the work/life balance, she decided to have a stint as a full-time mum. She is now 41, with three children age 11, 9 and 5. She started Netmums as a result of her own experiences of feeling isolated and overwhelmed by the experience of being a new mum.

Stephanie Draven

Stephanie Draven is a national bestselling, award-winning, two-time RITA-nominated author of historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance whose mission is to write very smart books for very bad girls. Connect with her on Twitter @stephaniedraven, and visit her website at www.stephaniedraven.com.