I was born in The Netherlands a good while back. I’ve lived in Africa and the Middle East – where my eldest was born. I’ve visited the Far East and much of Europe and Scandinavia. I’ve worked in Paris and Copenhagen.
I was raised on mythologies, legends, and tales from all over the world as, amongst other things, my father was a collector of ancestral tales and creation myths. It’s probably why I adore reading fantasy, but I also love science fiction, history, historical fiction, and pretty much anything else written in the English language.
I also write – a lot.
In the past, I’ve worked as a freelance editorial secretary, in IT, in special educational needs teaching, and in publishing. I have acted for around fifteen years, mostly in theatre but also in radio audio work and on the occasional film as an extra, I am a Co-Chair of a local amateur dramatic group, and I sing folk music with a local group.
Have I mentioned I love to write? Well I also like to narrate. Check out my ACX site: RB Watkinson.
I’ve written a children’s book, a play, screenplays, and numerous short stories. After completing the Diploma in Creative Writing at Oxford University in 2011, I signed a three book deal for the Wefan Weaves Trilogy. Book one, ‘The Cracked Amulet‘, was published in January 2016, and was nominated for the David Gemmell Morningstar Award. The audio version of ‘The Cracked Amulet‘ came out in February 2017, published by Essential Audio Books, New York.
Book two, The Fractured Portal, should be out this year.
I know I am lucky to be an author and a narrator and able to do what I love in the comfort of my own home – or any cafe with good coffee – but don’t be mistaken; it is also a lot of hard work, but so worth it. Like hand-made bread: you mix, you knead, you wait for it to prove, you knead again, it proves again, you bake. Take a moment to smell the divine aroma of fresh baked bread…then…eat. See? All that work and every bit of it worth the end result.