I was born in Hampshire in England but I now live in Dorset. However, in my youth I was lucky enough to spend over eight years living in Auckland, New Zealand. I went there when most intercontinental passengers travelled by ship not aeroplane. New Zealand was deserted and unspoilt and I had a great time growing up there. Even now, many years later, it is still a beautiful country.
I returned to England and read History at Reading University before embarking on a career in secondary school teaching. That experience enabled me to gain some small insight into what people find interesting in historical material - useful knowledge for an historical fiction writer!
I enjoyed teaching but writing stories was my first love. I wrote my first book before I was 17 - it was complete rubbish and fortunately was never published! A full time teaching career left little time to concentrate on writing and I had to content myself with other creative outlets. I spent many hours stage managing outdoor Shakespeare plays and musicals.
I’ve read historical fiction for as long as I can remember starting with Robin Hood, King Arthur, and Alexandre Dumas' Three Musketeers. More recently my own favourite author has been Bernard Cornwell and I suppose his work has influenced my humble efforts more than any other.
Apart from writing, I enjoy travelling and I spend my spare time gardening, walking and reading. For a number of years I took part in a long term dig at a Roman villa site.
My early books were all set in the Wars of the Roses period, but more recently I have been immersed in post-Roman Britain - a fascinating and largely unknown time.
Writing Historical Fiction
And what then?
I am always happy to talk to readers or anyone else who is interested either in historical fiction or the history of the Wars of the Roses period.