Hello and thanks for finding me here. This blog is a little bit of everything; I post about my books, about my writing in general, my musings about history, education, language - and I also love to interview other writers - of all genres. Join me every Sunday for an author interview.
I am fortunate to live in a beautiful part of the world, the English Lake District, although I've travelled a great deal, my father having served in the forces. I have three wonderful children, all grown up and left home. I'm a history graduate, and in my final year I concentrated on the Early Medieval period.
I knew I wanted to write novels set in this time, but I don't just write Anglo-Saxon novels. (Find out about them on my Website)
Whilst I continue to work part time as a freelance Early Years music and singing teacher, I am proud of my writing achievements to date:
- Accepted by Sheil Land Literary Agency 2010
- Article published in Grace Magazine 2010
- Article accepted for future publication in National Trust Magazine 2011
- Article published in Yoga Magazine 2011
- Book review published in Zest Magazine 2011
- Winner New Writing Magazine prose competition 2012
- Mail on Sunday novel writing prize winner two years running 2011/12
- Editor’s choice HNS Indie reviews May 2015
- Winter 2015 article published in This England Magazine
- Finalist in Tom Howard essay prize 2015
- 3rd round Wordsmag competition 2015
- Novel To Be a Queen long-listed for HNS Indie Book of the Year 2016
- Article published by Cumbria Magazine April 2016
- To Be A Queen awarded an IndieBRAG Gold medallion
- Alvar the Kingmaker awarded an IndieBRAG Gold medallion
- Short-listed for Scribble Mag 2016 non-fiction competition
- Contributor to e-book 1066 Turned Upside Down
I am also on the Editorial team for the EHFA Blog (English Historical Fiction Authors)
When I'm not writing, or blogging, or editing, I serve my cat, Smog, go walking with my husband, go for cycle rides, and lift weights/kickbox. And listen to music - loud, loud music.