Craig Borlase

Craig Borlase - Ghostwriter

Oxfordshire, Oxford, UK

I'm a New York Times, Sunday Times and international bestselling author, collaborating with others to create dramatic, engaging memoirs.

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Overview

I have collaborated with a wide range of authors, including a two-time GRAMMY winning songwriter, an Iranian refugee who spent four months in a Turkish jail, a female transatlantic rower, a WW2 veteran and a former Muslim woman who was one week away from becoming a suicide bomber.

Recent work includes Finding Gobi (the New York Times bestselling account of an ultra-marathon runner's chance encounter with a stray dog in the Mongolian desert) and My Name Is Tani (the story of an eight year old chess prodigy living in a homeless shelter in NYC, soon to be a Paramount Pictures movie produced by Trevor Noah). I've also ghosted for a global celebrity, writing non-fiction, memoir and Middle Grade fiction.

Much of my interest in sharing people’s stories comes from my teenage years. I was sixteen when my mother opened our home to local homeless men struggling with addiction. It left me exposed to a world I’d previously been wholly ignorant of, and I was both shocked by our differences and fascinated by our similarities.

The shock wore off, but that sense of fascination has stayed with me. It is at the heart of what I do, and as a collaborative writer my aim is to recreate the author's experiences in such a way that the reader stays up way into the night to finish the book.

To get there, my process is simple. It's not really about the voice, it's the feel and the truth deep within the story that I look for. So I spend days with the author, having what is effectively one very long conversation about their story. And as I listen, I try to absorb and experience it fully for myself. I hardly ever have a notebook open on my lap and I never arrive with a set bunch of questions. I want to listen and feel my way around the story, to truly know it for myself and understand how it can engage and inspire readers. Once I'm there, the writing's the easiest bit of all.

I am married with four children, living in the English countryside. Almost all of the authors I work with live outside the UK, and previous work has taken me to Iraq, Jordan, China, Cuba, Uganda, Australia, Haiti, Kenya and all over the United States.

I'm currently working on some fiction projects but have availability for later on in 2020.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Middle Grade

Work experience

author/collaborative writer

Self-employed
October, 1998 – Present (over 21 years)

Since 1998 I have written – either as collaborator or sole writer – a range of books (the current total is 55). I have worked as a copywriter throughout my career, often for non-profits specializing in relief and development work. Editorial pieces (often in support of books) have been published in a variety of outlets, including, American Way, Mail on Sunday, GQ Magazine, Lonely Planet Magazine, Christianity Today.

Portfolio (17 selected works)

Finding Gobi: A Little Dog with a Very Big Heart

Dion Leonard

New York Times Bestseller List“Leonard and Gobi’s story represents the power of people working together and the profound depth of feeling possible between a man and his dog.”--Publishers WeeklyA man, a dog, and the lengths to which love will go to sacrifice for its companion.Finding Gobi is the miraculous tale of Dion Leonard, a seasoned ultramarathon runner who crosses paths with a stray dog ... read more

New York Times Bestseller List“Leonard and Gobi’s story represents the power of people working together and the profound depth of feeling possible between a man and his dog.”--Publishers WeeklyA man, a dog, and the lengths to which love will go to sacrifice for its companion.Finding Gobi is the miraculous tale of Dion Leonard, a seasoned ultramarathon runner who crosses paths with a stray dog ... read more

My Name Is Tani . . . and I Believe in Miracles: The Amazing True Story of One Boy's Journey from Refugee to Chess Champion

Tanitoluwa Adewumi

Tani and his family’s story begins amid Boko Haram’s reign of terror in their native country of Nigeria as they become targets for capture and killing. Their miraculous escape takes them to a New York City homeless shelter, where they wait to be granted religious asylum.Tani’s father, who comes from a royal family and has left behind thirteen employees in Nigeria, becomes a dishwasher and Uber... read more

Tani and his family’s story begins amid Boko Haram’s reign of terror in their native country of Nigeria as they become targets for capture and killing. Their miraculous escape takes them to a New York City homeless shelter, where they wait to be granted religious asylum.Tani’s father, who comes from a royal family and has left behind thirteen employees in Nigeria, becomes a dishwasher and Uber... read more

My Name Is Tani . . . and I Believe in Miracles Young Readers Edition

Tanitoluwa Adewumi

At eight years old, Tani Adewumi, a Nigerian refugee, won the 2019 New York State Chess Championship after playing the game for only a year--and while homeless. His story is full of miracles and hope.Tani and his family's amazing story began amid Boko Haram's reign of terror in their native country of Nigeria. They fled their home to the United States, where they lived in a New York City homel... read more

At eight years old, Tani Adewumi, a Nigerian refugee, won the 2019 New York State Chess Championship after playing the game for only a year--and while homeless. His story is full of miracles and hope.Tani and his family's amazing story began amid Boko Haram's reign of terror in their native country of Nigeria. They fled their home to the United States, where they lived in a New York City homel... read more

God's Hostage: A True Story of Persecution, Imprisonment, and Perseverance

Andrew Brunson, Craig Borlase

In 1993, Andrew Brunson was asked to travel to Turkey, the largest unevangelized country in the world, to serve as a missionary. Though hesitant because of the daunting and dangerous task that lay ahead, Andrew and his wife, Norine, believed this was God's plan for them.What followed was a string of threats and attacks, but also successes in starting new churches in a place where many people h... read more

In 1993, Andrew Brunson was asked to travel to Turkey, the largest unevangelized country in the world, to serve as a missionary. Though hesitant because of the daunting and dangerous task that lay ahead, Andrew and his wife, Norine, believed this was God's plan for them.What followed was a string of threats and attacks, but also successes in starting new churches in a place where many people h... read more

Defying Jihad: The Dramatic True Story of a Woman Who Volunteered to Kill Infidels--and Then Faced Death for Becoming One

Esther Ahmad

If you truly love Allah, you will die for him.Your death will mean much reward for you and your family in heaven.Only death will prove your love.It was the final test. A chance to win not only the love of Allah, but the love of her father―something she had never been able to earn. Esther took a deep breath and raised her hand in the air. At the age of eighteen, she had just volunteered to beco... read more

If you truly love Allah, you will die for him.Your death will mean much reward for you and your family in heaven.Only death will prove your love.It was the final test. A chance to win not only the love of Allah, but the love of her father―something she had never been able to earn. Esther took a deep breath and raised her hand in the air. At the age of eighteen, she had just volunteered to beco... read more

Finish Strong: The Dan Russell Story (Paperback)

Dan Russell;Craig Borlase

For twenty-one years Dan Russell trained for four to six hours a day, six days a week in pursuit of winning an Olympic Gold medal in the sport of wrestling. He pushed his body to the limits, enduring brutal weight loss regimens, shattering injuries, personal tragedy and constant inner battles with the voices from his past telling him that he wasn't good enough. With his brother and fellow cham... read more

For twenty-one years Dan Russell trained for four to six hours a day, six days a week in pursuit of winning an Olympic Gold medal in the sport of wrestling. He pushed his body to the limits, enduring brutal weight loss regimens, shattering injuries, personal tragedy and constant inner battles with the voices from his past telling him that he wasn't good enough. With his brother and fellow cham... read more

Becoming Mama: How I Found Hope in Haiti's Rubble

Yvrose Telfort Ismael, Craig Borlase

A Courageous Yes When Yvrose fled her native Haiti for the United States, she couldn’t imagine she’d return. After suffering multiple miscarriages, she struggled to build a new life. In a desperate moment, she finally met Jesus—uttering her first “yes” to God. That one yes became many when she couldn’t forget the faces of the children she saw in a recurring dream. Finally, a trip to Haiti brou... read more

A Courageous Yes When Yvrose fled her native Haiti for the United States, she couldn’t imagine she’d return. After suffering multiple miscarriages, she struggled to build a new life. In a desperate moment, she finally met Jesus—uttering her first “yes” to God. That one yes became many when she couldn’t forget the faces of the children she saw in a recurring dream. Finally, a trip to Haiti brou... read more

10,000 Reasons: Stories of Faith, Hope, and Thankfulness Inspired by the Worship Anthem

Matt Redman

10,000 Reasons reveals the stories beyond the well-known church anthem, fusing global worship leader Matt Redman’s own encounters of God with those from believers throughout the ages.In just four years, "10,000 Reasons" has become one of the church’s most popular modern worship anthems in times of triumph as well as trial. In this book, global worship leader Matt Redman connects the dots betwe... read more

10,000 Reasons reveals the stories beyond the well-known church anthem, fusing global worship leader Matt Redman’s own encounters of God with those from believers throughout the ages.In just four years, "10,000 Reasons" has become one of the church’s most popular modern worship anthems in times of triumph as well as trial. In this book, global worship leader Matt Redman connects the dots betwe... read more

Stranger No More: A Muslim Refugee's Story of Harrowing Escape, Miraculous Rescue, and the Quiet Call of Jesus

Annahita Parsan

The riveting true story of one refugee's miraculous escape first from Iran, then from imprisonment in Turkey, and her gradual discovery of freedom, hope, and the inexplicable love of Jesus, which she now shares with others who are leaving Islam behind.Annahita Parsan was born into a Muslim family in Iran and grew up with the simple hope of one day finding a good husband, having children, and d... read more

The riveting true story of one refugee's miraculous escape first from Iran, then from imprisonment in Turkey, and her gradual discovery of freedom, hope, and the inexplicable love of Jesus, which she now shares with others who are leaving Islam behind.Annahita Parsan was born into a Muslim family in Iran and grew up with the simple hope of one day finding a good husband, having children, and d... read more

William Seymour- A Biography: The story of an African American leader who launched the Azusa Street revival and the Pentecostal movement

Craig Borlase

Blind in one eye yet in possession of remarkable vision, William Seymour was a man few believers are aware of. The son of ex-slaves but a passionate believer of racial integration, Seymour led the Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles in 1906, credited for launching the twentieth-century American Pentecostal movement and several denominations.In this fresh and honest biography, Craig Borlase cap... read more

Blind in one eye yet in possession of remarkable vision, William Seymour was a man few believers are aware of. The son of ex-slaves but a passionate believer of racial integration, Seymour led the Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles in 1906, credited for launching the twentieth-century American Pentecostal movement and several denominations.In this fresh and honest biography, Craig Borlase cap... read more

The Art of Being There: Creating Change, One Child at a Time

Duncan Campbell, Craig Borlase

The powerful and inspiring story of a man who, instead of despairing over his own impoverished plight or the systems that make it hard for others to climb out of poverty, created a solution that's breaking cycles of poverty and bringing hope to a new generation. With the fortitude to survive a poor home life growing up and eventually thrive, Duncan Campbell set out to make his mark in the worl... read more

The powerful and inspiring story of a man who, instead of despairing over his own impoverished plight or the systems that make it hard for others to climb out of poverty, created a solution that's breaking cycles of poverty and bringing hope to a new generation. With the fortitude to survive a poor home life growing up and eventually thrive, Duncan Campbell set out to make his mark in the worl... read more

Tombstones and Banana Trees: A True Story of Revolutionary Forgiveness

Medad Birungi, Craig Borlase

Growing up with a violent father in the country of Uganda in the 1960s, Medad Birungi faced physical and emotional pain that few people can imagine––yet today he speaks of a revolutionary forgiveness we all can experience. Once a boy who begged to die by the side of the road, once a teenager angry enough to kill, once a man broken and searching, today Medad is a testimony to God’s transforming... read more

Growing up with a violent father in the country of Uganda in the 1960s, Medad Birungi faced physical and emotional pain that few people can imagine––yet today he speaks of a revolutionary forgiveness we all can experience. Once a boy who begged to die by the side of the road, once a teenager angry enough to kill, once a man broken and searching, today Medad is a testimony to God’s transforming... read more

'Til We Meet Again: A Memoir of Love and War

Ray Whipps, Betty Whipps

Ray and Betty Whipps both served in Europe during WWII: Ray as an infantryman under General Patton in the trenches of Normandy, Paris, and Belgium, and Betty as a field nurse in Cherbourg, France. The two met when Betty tended to Ray after he was injured in a mortar blast. Both strong Christians, the two bonded over their shared faith, and as Betty nursed Ray back to health, they fell in love ... read more

Ray and Betty Whipps both served in Europe during WWII: Ray as an infantryman under General Patton in the trenches of Normandy, Paris, and Belgium, and Betty as a field nurse in Cherbourg, France. The two met when Betty tended to Ray after he was injured in a mortar blast. Both strong Christians, the two bonded over their shared faith, and as Betty nursed Ray back to health, they fell in love ... read more

Row for Freedom: Crossing an Ocean in Search of Hope

Julia Immonen, Craig Borlase

“When you’re in the middle of the adventure, you just have to live it. When you’re on an expedition, you put your head down and battle through. Storytelling happens after the finish line. . . . now that time has come [and] Julia can tell her story. The full story.”—from the foreword by Bear Grylls***An incredible account of one woman’s record-breaking row across the AtlanticThirty-two-year-old... read more

“When you’re in the middle of the adventure, you just have to live it. When you’re on an expedition, you put your head down and battle through. Storytelling happens after the finish line. . . . now that time has come [and] Julia can tell her story. The full story.”—from the foreword by Bear Grylls***An incredible account of one woman’s record-breaking row across the AtlanticThirty-two-year-old... read more

ASCENSION

Cameron Dante, Craig Borlase

Cameron Dante offers the real story of what goes on in clubs, from the era of Acid House to the Ibiza boom and beyond. He has led a chequered life. He has been a gang member, a champion breakdancer, homeless, a top DJ and a rapper with songs in the Top Ten. As the pressures of fame grew, Cameron took to drugs as a means of coping. A resident in Ibiza, he saw it all, from the wild parties to pr... read more

Cameron Dante offers the real story of what goes on in clubs, from the era of Acid House to the Ibiza boom and beyond. He has led a chequered life. He has been a gang member, a champion breakdancer, homeless, a top DJ and a rapper with songs in the Top Ten. As the pressures of fame grew, Cameron took to drugs as a means of coping. A resident in Ibiza, he saw it all, from the wild parties to pr... read more

The Art of Compassion

Martin Smith

There are two amazing forces that exist in the world: Compassion for those in need and Art that helps us see beyond ourselves. THE ART OF COMPASSION brilliantly brings the two together by gathering the top songwriters in Christian music to help raise money for relief and suffering around the planet. Legendary Christian worship songwriters Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith, Chris Tomlin, ... read more

There are two amazing forces that exist in the world: Compassion for those in need and Art that helps us see beyond ourselves. THE ART OF COMPASSION brilliantly brings the two together by gathering the top songwriters in Christian music to help raise money for relief and suffering around the planet. Legendary Christian worship songwriters Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith, Chris Tomlin, ... read more

Fleeing ISIS, Finding Jesus--ITPE: The Real Story of God at Work

Charles Morris, Craig Borlase

"Is this the end of Christianity in the Middle East?" When a respected Christian communicator read the question posed by the New York Times, he chose to travel to Jordan and Iraq in search of answers. What he discovered left him amazed and inspired.While the news coverage of ISIS focuses on the horrors wrought by this group, there is another side to the story that rarely gets told. While terro... read more

"Is this the end of Christianity in the Middle East?" When a respected Christian communicator read the question posed by the New York Times, he chose to travel to Jordan and Iraq in search of answers. What he discovered left him amazed and inspired.While the news coverage of ISIS focuses on the horrors wrought by this group, there is another side to the story that rarely gets told. While terro... read more

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