J.P. Reedman was born in Victoria, Canada but has lived in the U.K. for most of her adult life. Her father was a Canadian soldier, her mother a war-bride from Surrey. The past always held a fascination, with early interests in Cleopatra and medieval castles. At eleven, she discovered the joys of fantasy and began to combine history with the mythic.
In the 80's and early 90's, J.P. was very well known in the small press in the US, Canada and Britain, and was heavily involved with 'fan activities' for the HTV tv series 'Robin of Sherwood.' She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for excellence in the Small Press, and won several SF/F writing competitions.
Then...she stopped. 'Real life' made a sad intrusion. And then a devastating mystery illness took hold, causing near blindness, among other symptoms, over the space of weeks. Luckily her eyesight returned...and with it, a desire to write once more, because you never know what the future may hold and time might catch you up.
As of 2015, J.P. is the author of several novels and a number of short stories available on kindle:
Two novels STONE LORD and MOON LORD are set in the era of Stonehenge but use the Arthurian myths as a basis. J.P. lives and works within the Stonehenge landscape and has studied the neolithic and bronze age for nearly 30 years with emphasis on ritual and burial. Her two books are the first and only ones to mention the recently discovered mesolithic site of Blick Mead near Amesbury. She has also published a slim booklet on the legends and myths associated with megalithic sites, and how they may harken back to actual ancient beliefs.
J.P. had also returned to her medieval roots with a number of books about Richard III, showing him as neither the Shakespearean monster nor as a sombre saint. The first of these is SACRED KING, which is historical fantasy about Richard's Afterlife and return in a Leicester carpark; the second is a collection of short stories called WHITE ROSES, GOLDEN SUNNES, and the third, out in November, is I, Richard Plantagenet, part 1-Tante Le Desiree. This tale is told from Richard's first person perspective and also contains bawdiness and humour. Part two is due out in March 2016.
A YA dystopian novel, The Quest for the Rose, will be out in the next year. Other projects for 2016 include a Robin Hood historical fantasy and a book on Eleanor of Provence.