I have been given the gift of retirement to pursue the things that interest me. Having worked all my life in education as a librarian, you might gather I have a passion for books. Over my forty year career, I worked with infants right through to university students and found each age group a delight to work with.
I loved to help students to research and those skills helped me when I decided to begin writing historical novels. I recently became a director of Chindi author network which is a great organisation supporting authors in and around Sussex.
- Born In Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England
- Educated mostly in Lincolnshire, apart from a year in Singapore;
- Attended library school in Birmingham and university in Brighton
- Worked in Lincolnshire, various Midland towns and counties and latterly in Sussex.
- Interests reading, of course, family and social history and travelling to new places.
How I came to take up writing.
Following a retirement trip to Australia and knowing a little bit about my husband’s family, I came back enthused and wanting to find out more. My sister in law asked me to write it down. So I began to write; not since my teenage years have I written fiction and then two embarrassing novels, written longhand in the style of Georgette Heyer. Even then I was fascinated with the eighteenth and nineteenth century.
My research led me to voluntary work with the Female Convicts Research Centre, where they allowed me to work through all the convicts on the ship Henry, finding out as much as possible about their backgrounds and how they fared after their arrival in Van Diemen’s Land. This is important work in understanding the value and skills that these women brought to early Australia. Until recently their contribution was ignored and derided. In 2015 and 2018 I attended their seminars in Hobart and was delighted to meet other volunteers.