Hello and thanks for finding me here!

This site is where I post about my books, and about my writing in general. I write fiction, mainly historical, and non-fiction pieces for magazines and the EHFA (English Historical Fiction Authors) blog.

I am fortunate to live in a beautiful part of the world, the English Lake District, although I’ve travelled a great deal, my father having served in the forces. I have three wonderful children, all grown up and left home. I’m a history graduate, and in my final year I concentrated on the Early Medieval period.

I knew I wanted to write novels set in this time, and my first two novels, To Be A Queen and Alvar the Kingmaker, are set in the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia. My third novel, also set mainly in Mercia, has just been published. Cometh the Hour goes back to the seventh century.

In 2016, I collaborated with eight other authors to produce a collection of short stories, re-imagining the event of 1066. 1066 Turned Upside Down  is available as an e-book.

In 2018, In Bed with the British, another collaboration, for which I have contributed the chapter on the Anglo-Saxons, will be published by Pen & Sword Books.

I’m currently researching for my new commission, a history of Mercia, which will be published by Amberley Books in September 2018

The “Dark Ages” were not so dark – they were a time of political upheaval, of the formation of kingdoms, the uniting of those kingdoms, and a time of great learning and culture. Art, poetry, historical chronicles, religious debate – it’s all there. You just need to know where to look … let’s cast some light

The images created by the author’s prose stir me, as if reviving memories, and I am brought so closely into the events I at times sit, studying my thoughts, wondering soberly about the fates of our past.