There’s been a lot of discussion recently about removing statues and destroying parts of our history because it’s contentious. The sad fact is that most of our history is contentious, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be taught. In fact, it’s all the more reason why it should be taught. Our history is the path … More History we shouldn’t forget.
It’s been a long time coming, but I’m delighted to say The Chainmakers’ Daughter is finally here. Set in 1900s England in the midst of the industrial revolution, we find Rosie Wallace and her family working in the sweat shops of the Black Country. Life is relentlessly hard for ten-year-old Rosie as she struggles to … More NEW RELEASE! – The Chainmakers’ Daughter.
I never win anything, well hardly ever, and it says something for my determined and optimistic nature that I keep entering things – like book award contests. So it was a huge surprise when a friend e-mailed me this morning to say Touching the Wire had won a GOLD medal in the Readers’ Favorite 2019 … More Now this was a surprise!
After a month or two not sure what I was going to write after publishing my historical novel, Kindred and Affinity, http://mybook.to/KindredandAffinity or even if I was going to write another book, I find myself with two works in progress. The first is an instructional book about painting watercolour seascapes – having been painting the … More Works in progress – painting seascapes and the ‘white slaves’ of Victorian England .
Launching a new book title is always an exciting time, fraught with possibilities of doom and failure. Kindred and Affinity is my eighth title, and I’m altogether too relaxed about it. The fact is that readers who like my books will probably try it, and those who don’t know my writing probably won’t. It’s a … More New release! Kindred and Affinity is out today.
My husband can’t see the need. He rightly makes the point that there are differences between men and women that will always define certain roles – men are stronger and more gung ho, and women are more cautious and have more patience (sometimes) – but he also believes that ‘the best person for the job’ … More International Women’s Day 2019 – Why celebrate? #PaintItPurple
It’s odd how books make a lasting impression on you. Even their titles do when you haven’t actually read the book. They conjure places you’ve never been, events you haven’t experienced, and characters you’ve never met – though you’ve probably met people like them. I can remember my mother’s bookshelves when I was a child. … More #WorldBookDay
Our roots are something we can’t escape no matter how far we roam. Roots are the things that anchor us in the soil of the place we think of as home and the place we return to at some time in our lives. While I feel at home in Pembrokeshire, where I’ve lived for the … More Roots, home, and travelling afar.
A work in progress – a tale of forbidden love. A devout young widower must defy his church and the state to marry the woman he loves and prevent his two children growing up motherless. In 1891, marrying your dead wife’s sister was forbidden according to the laws of Kindred and Affinity as laid down … More Kindred and Affinity
The more research I do for my novels, the more respect I gain for the humble people about whom I write. They weren’t rich, indeed most struggled to put food in their children’s mouths and clothes over their backs, but they did it under the most difficult circumstances in a time when working like a … More My respect for these people grows