I'm a Londoner born and bred but have lived for over 20 years now in the town of Rugby, where the football game of the same name originated. I'm married, with two grown-up children.

I've always been fascinated by history, particularly the early mediaeval period, and was prompted to write my first novel after reading one so poorly researched that I felt I just had to do better.

My first book, "The Gift and the Promise", set at the time of the Norman Conquest, was published originally by Piatkus but is now available in e-book format, as is my second novel "A Masterless Man" which follows the fortunes of the direct descendants of the characters in "The Gift and the Promise" over a hundred years later.

It may well be that future books will see this family's progress through the centuries to the present day.

 

I’m working on a couple of projects at the moment, including one that I starting writing several years ago but which has been on the back-burner for some time as I concentrated on other things. It’s set between 1910 and 1933 and centres mainly on the lives of a young woman, Jo, and her two brothers during those turbulent years of the First World War and the rise of Nazism in Germany. As events unfold these young people are carried far from their comfortable Edwardian home in London, each to experience new worlds and challenges in France and Germany, Egypt or China.  

I started writing this book when I discovered some of my grandmother’s letters in my late father’s effects. The letters raised some intriguing questions and the book attempts to provide some purely fictional answers. Sadly, the real truth will never now be known.

Although I would really like to get on and finish this particular story, I am torn because, having recently published A Masterless Man, I now feel a real need to fill in the gap between this tale and that of The Gift and the Promise.

Although it will be clear (to those of you who have read both), that William is a descendant of Ceolwynn and Renaud, you might perhaps wonder if there was any connection between Walter, the eponymous Masterless Man, and the family of Godmund of Cottesham.

I’m always pleased to receive feedback from readers, so if you agree that this gap needs filling, please do email me to let me know.

Well, this one does, though not not always voluntarily. Are any of you going to the Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace (11 – 14th October)? I’m not a terribly keen knitter, but I’ve been bullied by my daughter into submitting some items for the Knitted Village on display there. If you're interested, take a look at this link:

So, if you do go and you see a children’s playground in the village ...