I grew up with books, though I never bought one as a child. My mother read all the time and some of my earliest memories are going with her to our local library, a Victorian edifice where the oak panelling, the Reading Room, and the deathly hush were guaranteed to strike wonder into a visitor of any age. I remember being so proud at age seven to be given my own library cards, so she no longer had to borrow books for me.
Writing fiction came to me fairly late in life. I’d always written as part of my job and had a number of guides on community engagement published over the years. Then I retired early and joined a writers group. I concentrated in the beginning on short stories then, from one of these, my first novel emerged. What I never really expected was that the editing, proofreading and publication process would take almost as long as writing the first draft. This first novel A Shadowed Livery was published in 2015 by Grey Cells Press. It is a crime/mystery set in Warwickshire, England, in the months before the First World War.
I’m currently finalising the draft of my second novel A Rose by Any, a sequel to my first, and I’m working on a new novel based on over twenty years’ family history research.
Three of my short stories were recently included in a collection, Wild Atlantic Words, fifteen tales drawing from life along the west coast of Ireland.
When I’m not writing, I enjoy gardening, playing and listening to music, genealogy and, of course, reading crime fiction.