Two girls, best friends,
and most importantly writers
with one shared dream!
We are driven to create that “unputdownable” book. We want you to stay up all night, miss your bus at the stop and lose track of time, all so you can just keep reading, to turn that one more page.
You’ll rush to reach the end and then hate when it’s all over!
We love the highs and lows that come with a really good tale and that’s what we want to give to you.
There are so many fan girls, just like us, out there that want to be caught up in great adventures!
So let us sweep you off your feet!
and then tell us if you want more!
You’re still here? Not bored yet? Here’s more nuggets of information about us:
I am Latimer, part one of our writing duo.
I love science, although it scares and baffles me (but in a good way, ha). It’s a great source of inspiration and it’s interesting 🙂
I love, love, LOVE to draw, read and write; my stress outlets and my playgrounds! My mind is basically, half-factual, half-fantastical 🙂
I’m addicted to tea (trying to cut down on the amount of sugar I use in me cuppa, but I’ll tell you what, tea is not tea without sugar :(). My blend is Lyons tea (J’adore). I would gladly be a poster child for Lyons (wink, wink, Lyons!… one day… one day…)
I adore a good story in any medium; books, life (!), TV, movies, manga, anime, Japanese/Korean/Taiwanese doramas, comics and video games.
I dreamed I’d be many different things when I grew up (still not there yet!). I often think that across the hypothetical multiverse, parallel mes are living those possibilities and thinking about me; Latimer the computer games designer, the archaeologist (I wanted to be Lara Croft), the vet and the cartoonist – they all wonder about Latimer the scientist!
Ridley and I are fan-girls above all else. As she mentions below, we both search for the ‘squee moments’ that every fan-girl does! The romances that make you think ‘ohhh, beautiful’. I think Young Adult is king of romance (full of touching moments and great characters 🙂 ).
I love Kelley Armstrong’s YA series, The Darkest Powers; Juliet Marillier’s YA Wildwood Dancing series and Tamora Pierce The Immortals. Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is probably the Mother of all- the bad start is key to a good romance! Harry Potter is part of the foundations of my mind now; as is Lord of the Rings (one of the saddest most beautiful stories of love and friendship). When I’m feeling in need of a laugh though, I’ll turn to Terry Pratchett, Master of fantasy satire.
And finally, I love music 🙂 My iPod is like mini Latimer (a part of me!)! I love listening to indie stuff; e.g. James Vincent McMorrow, Mumford and Sons, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Beirut, Emeli Sande, Beach House and Florence and the Machine.. list goes ever on and on 🙂 I also LOVE podcasts, currently of the SModCo variety.
We are striving toward something and we’ll get there eventually, so keep with us as we journey ever on and on….
Ridley is my pen name and nickname!
I’m from a medium sized town in the sunny (debatable) South East of Ireland!
I love tea and drink bucketfuls daily!
I’m a massive fan of Aardman, their jokes tickle me pink-ish.
In my free time, apart from writing, I also sketch, paint and sculpt.
I’m addicted to ice cream and Cadbury’s chocolate (Don’t leave it down, it will get eaten. You have been warned. Me and a tub of chocolate ice cream is the ultimate party and no one else is invited. I’m sure you can now picture me huddled at the bottom of a dark wardrobe with a large spoon and gleaming feral eyes. It’s a pretty sight.)
I live for ‘squee’ moments. Sounds dorty, but its not…its not! These are moments where you’re so happy, excited and in the throes of delighted disbelief that every language on earth fails you and you are only left with a type of shriek. This sound is a squee! It is universal and every girl can instinctively reach the same teeth-aching pitch.
Some of my favourite authors include Jane Austen (P&P and Persuasion especially), Tamora Pierce, J.K Rowling, Stephanie Meyer, Juliet Marillier, Kristen Britain, J.R Tolkien, Cassandra Clare, Trudi Canavan, Kelley Armstrong, Terry Pratchett.. To name a few!
Into the wee hours (where it’s not night but not yet morning) is my perfect time for writing. All is quiet, the world around you is asleep but the one you’re creating is awake and full of life.
That’s me. I think I’ve given you all enough fodder for one night, if you’re currently questioning my sanity, my job is done here!
ORIGINS OF OUR PEN NAME
It comes from the tale of the Oxford Martyrs.
Oxford is one of our favourite places in the world. It is only right that our pen name originates from a tale told there. Click into Wikipedia for the full story.
Briefly, three men, Hugh Latimer, Nicholas Ridley and Thomas Cranmer were tried for heresy during the reign of Queen Mary. Latimer and Ridley were burned at the stake together on the 16th of October 1555. The location is marked by a cobble stone cross in Broad Street, Oxford.
Latimer is believed to have said to Ridley: “Be of good cheer Master Ridley, for we shall this day light such a candle, as I trust by God’s grace shall never be put out.”
Their influence and names have certainly lived on. They’ve inspired many people, not just us! One day we hope to do the same-though in a different way!
What the ‘M’ stands for, we’ll let you guess….
If you’d like to know more about us or our work, please email us! (It will go immediately to our sorting centre, which is run by elves.)
Take your pick!! 🙂