It’s all about the reader

Hailing from Australia – an Adelaide girl originally before going off to university – I moved to the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, UK via Switzerland and Surrey, in 2008. So glad I did! The Forest has inspired writers, including Tolkien, for generations. It’s still doing so.

My first novel is Guardians of the Forest, a fantasy trilogy. Theoretically for the nine to early teens market, the books have found a wide fan base, from 9-year-olds to 80-year-olds and all ages in between.

I now write historical fiction for grown ups, and Keepers, my historical women’s fiction (with more than a touch of romance) was released on 2 April 2021. Click here for more detail, or go to Books for retailers.

I also venture into short stories, and flash fiction. Some of these pieces, together with novel opening chapters, have won prizes and commendations. Take a look here to read a selection of flash fiction.

I’m married with two grown children, and slave to a border collie who has published his own book, Sammy’s Walks – highly rated by locals and visitors to the Forest alike, and their dogs.

If you’re interested in the longer version of how I came to write, go here to Elaine Carnegie’s blog post where she kindly allowed me to write about myself in some detail (what a temptation!).

Writing may be a lonely process, but writers need the support of other writers. Being a member of Dean Writers Circle has given me that support and my writing has improved tremendously since sharing with and learning from the group.

I’ve also found brilliant support and made wonderful friends via Twitter’s #writingcommunity. Keen to ensure the next generation of Forest writers, I’m a founder of Dean Scribblers, a small group of volunteers whose aim is to encourage the creative writing spark in young people in our community. Spending time with kids in classrooms is brilliant, and we’ve seen some imaginative and emotive work from 10 and 11 year olds and younger.

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