About Me

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Having lived in Stirling, Scotland for my university years, and then all over London and its suburbs afterwards, I came home to the village of Ticehurst where I grew up. It's a small village in the heart of the Sussex countryside. I'm lucky enough to live on the edge of the village, with the view of Dale Hill Hotel's golf course on one side, and open fields on the other. I'm surrounded by beauty, and I take loads of pics nearly every day...most of which simply fill up my phone and never get seen!

I write. I love writing and creating in all forms. Somehow I fit it around working as well although, recently, I've cut my hours a little, and will concentrate more on my books. That isn't to say I don't enjoy my work as well, because I do - there's something about being a lab technician, and working in a close team with the science teaching staff, that gives a great sense of community you really can't get many places. And you're surrounded by youngsters - some who love learning, some who hate it, but most who are 'just there'. We have to love these children... they are the future generation. If we don't care about them, who will, right?

As well as writing and working, I also edit other folks' books, which is great, because I get to read them first. And I put my heart and soul into editing them, as if they were my own books, because I would want someone else to do the same for me. I'm going to have to cut down a bit on this side of things, though, and spend more time writing my own books. I have a lot of them to finish off!

The Popish Midwife, the first book to be published (June 2016) is not the first book I've written, but it's been close to me for the last few years. It wasn't even a story I planned. I just fell in love with a person from the past, and had to tell her story, from the moment I read through the 300 year old pages of her trial I won on Ebay! I loved the way she didn't bow down under pressure when she was told to be quiet. I loved the way she stood up for herself, even when her counsel didn't. And I loved the way she kept on changing tack to try and get herself out of a sticky situation. She's my heroine!

But, many years ago, back in 2006, there was another story I had to tell. I'd had a dream years before, and that dream kept popping up. I knew I would have to write it, but, though I'd written lots of bits of stories, started many, finished none, I had never yet completed a book. I was better at finishing poems, which were like stories in miniature. This story had to be told, though. I loved the idea of it, and it was obviously still eating away at me. So, during one spring month, along with my writing partner in Fresno, California, Tim Savage, I wrote Sole Possession.

Sole possession is a magical realism book, set mostly on present-day Earth, but partly in another, non-physical dimension. I'm not ready to give too much of it away as yet, so that's all I'm saying. But I will say, however, I'm currently not editing Sole Possession, as I'd like to be doing, but on a prequel to it. In fact, having finished Sole Possession, I went on to write another five or six books in the same series, all of which are at various stages of completion. This is my University of Lights series, for which I'll create a page in due course.

So, enough about me for now. If there's anything else you'd like to know, please feel free to ask - I don't bite! (much)

Thank you, once again, for taking the time to get to know me. I hope you'll allow me the same privilege and join my newsletter, from where you can email me freely and keep up to date with what I'm doing.

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