This is me, at one of the readings I do regularly around Cumbria, which I always enjoy.
West Cumbria is my home, not far south of the Scottish border, overlooking the Irish Sea. All five books I’ve published so far are set in this area.
In 2012 my first novel ‘A Good Liar’ came out, followed a year later by ‘Forgiven’ and then ‘Fallout’. These three made up the trilogy ‘Between the Mountains and the Sea’.
The trilogy is set in the first half of the twentieth century, a time of radical change in this area. Until the 1940s life here was much the same as it had been in the previous century, without benefit of electricity – which didn’t come to my village until the 1950s -, hardly any mechanised transport or farming, and before anti-biotics, so catching pneumonia could kill you. This is the world where my heroine Jessie Whelan struggled to keep her independence and her job: if she’d married she would have lost her career as a teacher, and the school house she lived in. By 1957, the end of the period covered by the trilogy, electricity was being produced from nuclear reactors, but Jessie was still struggling. It wasn’t an easy time for single women. If you want to read her story, you can get the books here, on Amazon, or through your local bookshop. If you prefer an ebook they’re all on Kindle.
In 2015 I finished and published ‘Cruel Tide’, my first crime story, which was shortlisted for Lakeland Book of the Year. The sequel ‘Fatal Reckoning’ is due out at the end of November 2016.
All the books are easily available in Cumbria bookshops, can be ordered through any good bookshop anywhere in the world, and through Amazon. They are all on ebook too, available from the Kindle bookstore. If you go to my website you can order all the books using Paypal.