I’ve written creatively for most of my adult life, but it wasn’t until our children had grown up and flown the nest, several years ago, that creative writing and, especially, writing historical fiction, took centre stage in my life.
Now, I can’t imagine not spending most of my days writing in one form or another!
There is always going to be a novel draft on the go… There are currently two published Meonbridge Chronicles, a third in the series is well on the way, a fourth is in my head, and maybe a fifth is a twinkle in my eye.
I have also embarked on a series of short stories/novellas about Meonbridge characters, initially distributed free to those who join my “Team Meonbridge”, though I might well publish them eventually. Currently two are available for Team members: Maiden’s Chance and Maiden’s Hap.
If you’re interested in my background, after a first degree in Classics and English, I began working life as a computer programmer, in those days a very new profession. It was fun for a few years, but I left to become a school careers officer in Dorset.
But it was when I discovered technical authoring that I knew I’d found my vocation. I spent the next few decades writing and editing all sorts of material, some fascinating, some dull, for a wide variety of clients, including software companies, banks, an international hotel group, medical instrument manufacturers and the Government.
I have a Masters in Creative Writing from Portsmouth University, and a PhD from the University of Southampton. What became Fortune’s Wheel was originally drafted during the Masters. For the PhD, I wrote another historical novel, The Nature of Things, also set in the 14th century, but covering the entire century. It is as yet unpublished, though I will get round to it in due course! However, my thesis, Authenticity and alterity: Evoking the fourteenth century in fiction, is available at http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/383484/.