Meet The Team

Hazel Cushion

Hazel Cushion - Managing Director

Hazel Cushion founded Accent Press in 2003 having completed an MA in Creative Writing. The company has since gone on to win numerous awards and in 2007, in recognition of her contribution to business in Britain, she was invited to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen.

Jeff Gardiner

Jeff Gardiner - Proofreading, Editing, Manuscript Appraisal.

Jeff Gardiner is an experienced editor and author. He has edited numerous novels of varying genres, including supernatural fiction by Shani Struthers, women’s fiction by Sarah Louise Smith and the epic fantasies of Jonathan Ashman. He has five published novels, including Pica, the first in his Gaia YA trilogy, and he also has a collection of short stories and a work of non-fiction to his name. Jeff has an MPhil in English Literature.

Genres: all considered, especially literary fiction, fantasy, horror, supernatural, romance and YA.

Karen King

Karen King - Manuscript Appraisal and Mentoring (Children's & YA)

Karen King has had one hundred and twenty children’s books published by a range of publishers, including Walker, Scholastic, Random House, and Harper Collins.
Karen has a BA (Open) degree, a Certificate in Education, a HNC in Media, and many years of experience as a writing tutor. She was a part-time lecturer on the MA in Professional Writing course and the BA Illustration course at the University College, Falmouth, where she also ran Summer Schools on writing for the children’s market.

Her book Get Writing: Children’s Fiction is published by How to Books.
Karen offers detailed appraisals, guidance and mentoring on picture books, story books, activity books, and non-fiction books for children and young adults.

Gill Stewart

Gill Stewart - Manuscript Appraisal and Mentoring

Gill Stewart was born in Lancashire and lived in Yorkshire and Cheshire until the age of 15, when her family moved to South Africa. At 21 she moved to France, and then tried Zimbabwe before finding the perfect country: Scotland. Gill has had many jobs including au pair, cleaner, teacher and accountant, but her first love has always been writing. She started to take her writing ‘seriously’ once her sons were old enough to go to school. Her first novella was published in 2009. Since then she’s published two contemporary women’s fiction novels as Gilly Stewart (Sunshine Through The Rain and The Lost Woman) and three further romantic novellas as Gillian Villiers. She also write YA novels under the pen-name Gill-Marie Stewart.
Contemporary fiction, romance and YA

Laura Wilkinson

Laura Wilkinson - Manuscript Assessment, Editing, Mentoring

After years as a journalist and copywriter now Laura writes novels. She has published five novels for adults (two under a pseudonym) and numerous short stories.

Over the past five years she’s worked as a developmental editor and mentor, coaching students to competition shortlistings and publication. Laura loves to help writers find their voice and create compelling fiction.

Interests include: manuscript assessment; substantive and copy editing; developmental mentoring from early draft through to finished submission package in women’s fiction, romance, psychological thrillers, historical.

Alison Knight

Alison Knight - Proofreading, Mentoring and Tutoring

Alison Rose Knight writes contemporary women’s fiction as Alison Rose, and YA time-slip adventures as Alison Knight. Rosie Goes to War has recently been selected for promotion in WH Smiths.She teaches Creative Writing and Life Writing at Wiltshire College, and is also a trained mentor.
Alison offers proofreading services, as well as one-to-one mentoring for writers of contemporary women’s fiction, YA fiction, and life writing. Alison also runs workshops and courses tailored to suit specific writing needs.

Caroline Dunford

Caroline Dunford - Mentoring, Editing & Manuscript Appraisal

Caroline is a journalist, psychologist, playwright, author, and mentor.She has had several Scottish tours of her plays and one international one, and is a creative writing tutor for Edinburgh University’s Lifelong Learning department. She has also published YA fiction with Bloomsbury Sparks. She has mentored and taught writers for over 15 years and loves the excitement of helping new talent develop.

Key Genre Interests are: Cozy Crime (not police procedural), Romance, Psychological Thriller, Contemporary Fiction, Fantasy, Science-fiction, and Horror (creepy rather than visceral).


Liza Tenzin-Dolma - Proofreading

Lisa has had 29 books published to date, encompassing the biographical, natural history and self-help genres, a contemporary fiction novel and Young Adult novel. Her YA novel has been shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists Association RoNA Awards, 2016. She has proofread for a number of publishers, including Hodder & Stoughton, as well as for self-published authors.

Lorraine Mace

Lorraine Mace - Mentoring, Manuscript Appraisal, Editorial

Lorraine Mace is a former Writers Bureau tutor who has been running a critique and author mentoring service since 2008. With satisfied clients on four continents, she has worked on both fiction and non-fiction. She is head judge for the Writers’ Forum monthly short story competition and provides critiques for the entries (where requested). She also writes the Fiction Workshop feature for the magazine, showing how to improve stories using readers’ entries to illustrate her advice. All genres considered apart from science fiction and horror

David Powell

David Powell - Manuscript Appraisal, Editorial, Proofreading

David Powell has been working as a editor and proofreader for several years. He has worked across a broad spectrum of genres including YA, romance, and crime. He especially enjoys working with authors who are developing a fiction series. David is currently based in Australia so heads up Octavo Down Under!