I was born a long time ago in a country far far away – The Netherlands is a long way from Devon, right? 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 I can get my hands on.
I also write – a lot.
In the past, I’ve worked as an editorial secretary, in special educational needs teaching, and in publishing. I now run a small-holding, am Co-Chair of a local amateur dramatic group, sing folk music with a local group, and work on the occasional film as an extra.
Have I mentioned I love to write?
I’ve written (and illustrated) a children’s book, a play, screenplays, numerous poems, and 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 with Claret Press, London, a small independent publishing house. Book one, ‘The Cracked Amulet’, was published in January 2016, and had been nominated for the David Gemmell Morningstar Award. The audio rights for ‘The Cracked Amulet’ was bought by a New York publisher, Essential Audio Books, and it came out in February 2017.
Book two, The Fractured Portal, should be out this year.
I know I am lucky to be an author and 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.