I have been a ‘writer’ since I was fifteen years old. I loved my English literature lesson when we were told to write a composition. Most times we were given a theme. But my favourite time was when I had a blank page and could write what I pleased – adventures in wild jungles, ancient castles, Cornish smugglers’ coves. Capturing foreign spies and out-witting aliens from space.
Now, I write Romantic Historical novels set in the Georgian/Regency era – a dashing hero rescuing a spirited heroine from the wicked Spanish sea captain.
My serious writing started with short stories, 500 words to 5,000, winning several competitions. Then I wondered, could I do a novella, and ended up with 20,000 words. Finally I progressed to a full length novel. All this had been experimenting with genre – love, crime, mystery, fantasy, sci-fi and then historical – here I found my niche – historical romance set in the Georgian/Regency period.
I am a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. At their Golden Anniversary Conference year I was thrilled to achieve third place in the Elizabeth Goudge annual writing award.
My busy life is not only writing novels. I give talks to social, church and WI groups on the theme Short story to a Novel. My fee I donate to our local Air Ambulance unit – they cover the airways of Berks-Oxon-Bucks I play bowls all year round and for the past five years I have been a member of Reading Writers’, the oldest writing group in Reading, founded in 1949.
Not forgetting I have a husband, we have toured England and Europe on his big BMW motorcycle. Supported the canoeing world, including racing in the Devizes to Westminster race–127 miles, and was part of the English contingency that went into the Arctic Circle to race 360 miles.
And not forgetting I have a home, I like cooking.