I grew-up in a small medieval city located on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, close to Middleham and York where I met and married my soldier husband. After following the flag for a number of years, I returned home to become a full-time mature student. I told my family ‘it will only be for four years,’ – seven years later I emerged with a BA Hons in English and History; A Masters in English Literature and went on to teach in further and higher education.
Illness and a prolonged career break made me turn to writing – I had dabbled in it for years – writing short stories and poems, even the beginings a novel. I began to write a romantic murder mystery set in the Napoleonic Wars. I was well into it when, during lunch with university friends, at the time of the discovery of Richard III’s grave and the ensuing controversy about his reburial place, I speculated about what he would have made of all the fuss, if he were here. I was challenged by a member of the group to write the story. ‘How about a Richard in blue jeans?’ were her words. The idea took root and snippets of a story constantly inserted themselves into my mind – finally I put aside my Napoleonic story – the result is my novel ‘Renaissance’ – Richard did not turn out to be in blue jeans but I did bring him into the 21st century – in my own way.
Renaissance has been well received by the book reading community. It is recommneded as a ‘Good read’ by the influential team of Writers and Reviewers ‘Discovering Diamonds’ they also declared it winner of the month in May 2018 for Book Cover Design. And to my enormous delight Renaissance was announced a winner in the Fiction cateorgy of the 2018 Georgina Hawtrey-Woore National National Literary Awards for Independent Authors.
There are more books in the pipeline – I am returning to my earlier Napoleonic Murder Mystery and researching the sequel to Renaissance.
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