About Us

Different Star is a group of fiction writers living in and around Cambridge, UK. We write in a variety of genres – mainly fantasy, historical and science fiction – but are united by a shared desire to explore the far reaches of those genres. Our current members are:

Alex Beecroft Anne Lyle R J Payne
Naomi Clark Una McCormack

Alex Beecroft

photoBorn in Northern Ireland and raised in Cheshire, Alex studied English and Philosophy, with a side order of Social Anthropology, at Manchester University. Failing to complete her masters degree in ‘The Cult of the Horse in Early Anglo-Saxon England’ left her with an eclectic education of no practical use in real life. So she became a civil servant.

Since then she has existed only intermittently in the real world. She can fight with spear and battleaxe and has helped to construct a Saxon manor house from the ground up. She has worked in an 18th Century kitchen, sewn her family a full set of Georgian clothing, can spin and weave and light a fire from flint and tinder. But she still can’t operate a mobile phone.


Naomi Clark

photoNaomi Clark lives in Cambridge and is a mild-mannered office worker by day, but a slightly crazed writer by night. Her short fiction has appeared in various ezines and the print anthology “Queer Wolf”, and she is currently working on a follow-up series of novels based on the latter. She has a perfectly healthy obsession with giant sea creatures and a preference for vodka-based cocktails.

When she’s not writing, Naomi is probably either reading or watching 80s cartoon shows, and sometimes she manages to do all three at once. Oh, and she also writes a monthly horoscope column for the Cambridge Explorer.


Anne Lyle

photoAnne Lyle has a degree in zoology, a passion for history, and loves combining the two in the settings for her fantasy novels. Her first novel The Alchemist of Souls, an alternate history fantasy set in Elizabethan London, is due out from Angry Robot Books in March 2012.

A former production editor on various scientific journals, she now works as a web developer for one of the world’s largest medical charities. She makes no apologies for being an Apple fangirl and all-round geek.


Una McCormack

Una McCormack is the author of two Doctor Who novels, published by BBC Books: The King’s Dragon, and The Way through the Woods. She has also written three Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novels, published by Simon and Schuster: Cardassia: The Lotus Flower, Hollow Men, and The Never-Ending Sacrifice.
Her short fiction has appeared in various publications including Glorifying Terrorism, (ed. Farah Mendlesohn), Subterfuge (ed. Ian Whates), The Year’s Best Science Fiction Vol. 25 (ed. Gardner Dozois), and Doctor Who Magazine.

She lives in Cambridge, UK, where she reads, writes, and teaches.


Rebecca J Payne

Rebecca J Payne is a Cambridge graduate who fell in love with the city so much she not only lives there, but spends her spare time re-imagining it as an alternate 1950s steampunk spy-fi paradise. Her short stories have been published in Interzone and Emerald Tales.

When not writing, Rebecca can usually be found at the theatre, watching cricket or keeping an eye out for the clockwork gargoyles on Kings Parade. When doing none of these things she is a Chartered Tax Advisor with a Big 4 accountancy firm.