I began writing about ten years ago when a friend, who was writing while convalescing, got me hooked. I love creating my own worlds and populating them with imperfect characters with whom I fall in love. They take me to places I thought I would never go, and make me experience things I’d otherwise not experience. They live, cry, laugh, hope and dream. Over the next few weeks I’d like to introduce them to you and dig deep into their lives, and also post excerpts from their adventures. First of all, though, these are the novels, the stories, they bring alive.
The Silence of the Stones is a psychological thriller set in West Wales, where I live. Alana, like myself, is an artist. She is left a cottage in West Wales by an aunt she didn’t know existed and, despite her parents pleas, she grabs the chance of a new start in Coed-y-Cwm. Little does she know she is catapulting herself into a thirty-year-old conspiracy of silence over the disappearance of two toddlers that will change her life forever. Strange runes, seen on ancient stones begin appearing on her door, and people start to die. Accident or murder? Can she unravel the secret hidden in the stones and save those she loves in time?
The Silence of the Stones is available in paperback or e-book at http://author.to/TheSilenceoftheStones
Touching the Wire is set partly in Auschwitz, in 1944/5, and partly in England in 1970s and the present day. Miriam, a Jewish nurse, steps down from a cattle wagon into the heart of a young doctor. As their relationship blossoms, they fight to save lives, joining the camp resistence and risking life daily. The doctor smuggles out a secret diary and evidence of war crimes at liberation, but they are separated and Miriam is left behind, seriously ill with scarlet fever, while the doctor is forced onto the March of Death through Poland’s bitter winter. Can the young doctor find his way back to her in time? Post war, the young man is tormented by the guilt of a promise not kept, a secret hidden to protect his new family. It is his granddaughter, 70 years later, who must attempt to discover the truth of her grandfather’s past and keep his promise to his lost love.
Touching the Wire is available in paperback or e-book at http://author.to/TouchingtheWire
Where Hope Dares is set loosely in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, and not in our time. In a time of social, religious and political upheaval, two isolated cultures clash with devastating results. Kiya, a young healer, is kidnapped to fulfil an ancient prophecy and is taken north over the mountains. Her storyteller husband, Raphel, sets out on a thousand-mile journey to rescue her from a brutal, warmongering regime with only hope and a headful of stories to aid him. Their friend Abe, an enigmatic peddler to whom they look for help, has his own secret agenda, a prime directive decreed by a long-dead pope. Who can they trust – friend or foe?
Where Hope Dares is due to be published late October 2015.