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NEW! Those You Trust, a story of love, betrayal and family is out on 25th November on Amazon Kindle and paperback. Pre-order yours now!












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Here you can buy my books and talk to me via email about anything to do with the writing process; inspiration, when and where I write, what I do when I get stuck, favourite snacks, music … Feel free to ask!


Can DCI Dan Hellier decipher the twisted mind behind the ritualised burning of homeless men on Devon’s beaches before more people are sacrificed?

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West country crime mystery series
Detective Inspector Dan Hellier returns home to Exeter under a cloud. The body of a talented young singer is found in the woods. Hellier needs to redeem himself and solve the murder.

Read the whole Dan Hellier, West Country Crime thriller series

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I would love to talk to groups of children about my writing or lead a creative writing workshop. Invite me to your book group or writing group to read, and talk about the writing or getting published process. I’ll happily lead an adult writing session to bring variety to your meetings!

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“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”

― Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath


Latest Posts.

Those You Trust

9th November 2020 | Bernie Steadman

My inspiration

Two years ago, whilst on holiday in Crete, a group of us took a guided tour. Manos took us to his own family home, a sprawling set of inter-linked houses in the mountains. There we met his elderly mother, dressed all in black. She showed us her family photographs, and Manos translated as the old lady told us about her involvement in the Resistance movement, and showed us her precious pottery and ornaments that had been handed down for generations. We talked about many things, including the feud that had emptied a village of all its men not that many years ago. It was a magical afternoon where I was caught up in tales of bravery and recklessness. I learnt so much about Cretan customs and traditions that I just had to write a modern story which would capture the spirit and pride of the Cretan people, but relate it to an English woman on the cusp of a new life.


Author interview – find out a little more about B A Steadman, crime writer

29th April 2018 | Bernie Steadman Did this interview for the lovely Sarah Hardy’s blog on being a crime writer in Devon last year. Thought she wouldn’t mind me putting it on the website! Biography I was born and raised on a huge estate in south Manchester in a noisy household with three younger brothers. To escape, I began to read, and I have had my nose buried in a book ever since. I started with Enid Blyton, moved on to myths and legends, fantasy and science fiction, and discovered crime when I hit my thirties. Now I enjoy contemporary fiction of many varieties, but find myself writing crime… Read More

Sticking Power

14th April 2017 | Bernie Steadman I stopped writing four weeks ago. Just stopped. I had lost my muse, couldn't find a way forward with book 3 that didn't bore the pants off me (and if I'm bored - what hope has anyone else?) I needed a little break, if not a total breakdown. Read More

Taking my own advice

6th March 2017 | Bernie Steadman There's so much advice available to authors, especially when, for whatever reason, we falter in our story. Sometimes it's a plot hole, or a character that doesn't quite work that brings us staggering to a halt. if, like me you have been churning out a couple of thousand words a day, it comes as a shock to be sitting staring at the screen, unsure of where to go next because I have had an IDEA. Read More