Hello and thanks for finding me here!
I am an historian and author. As an undergraduate I studied under the eminent Anglo-Saxon historian, Ann Williams, and I’m proud to say that I’ve been accepted as a member of the Royal Historical Society. My passion is for all things Anglo-Saxon, and Mercian in particular. I’ve written three novels set in Mercia, featuring the lives of Æthelflæd, Lady of the Mercians, King Edgar, and King Penda, as well as contributing a Mercian story to a fiction anthology about 1066. I’m currently writing a history of the Mercian kingdom, to be published by Amberley in Autumn 2018.
I’m an editor for and contributor to the EHFA (English Historical Fiction Authors) blog, and a member of the HNS (Historical Novel Society) social media team. The winner of the New Writer non-fiction prize in 2012, and the recipient of two Mail on Sunday Novel-Writing awards, I was also the winner of the inaugural HWA Dorothy Dunnett Short Story Competition in 2017.
My first two novels, To Be A Queen and Alvar the Kingmaker, are set in the later (9th & 10th centuries) 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, Sexuality and its Impact on History, another collaboration, will be published by Pen & Sword Books. I have contributed a chapter which examines the legend of and truth behind the stories of King Eadwig and King Edgar and the ‘scandals’ involving their wives and women.
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.“