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I grew up on the edge of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales in England, where the rolling countryside was criss-crossed by endless dry stone walls, and where the rugged, desolate romanticism of the Moors inspired a life-long love of nature and creative expression. Yet, in literary terms I have been a slow starter, and my apprenticeship particularly long. Although I have been writing material as diverse as plays, poems, stories and articles for almost as long as I can remember, 'Le Temps Viendra' was my first published work of historical fiction.
My CV certainly defies convention and records a life that has been led cultivating whatever has moved me; this, of course, has changed as I have myself have evolved over time. Thus, I came to be a historical novelist after already carving out two successful careers; first as a physician then later, in business as a leadership coach (Hence my book: 'Egoless: The Final frontier in Leadership'. I now enjoy managing a diverse portfolio of interests, which encompasses my passion for learning and growth, as well as my love of creative endeavour and Tudor history.
In terms of my writing, I am inspired by the life stories of strong and courageous women who defy convention; women who remained true to themselves and their sense of purpose in often incredibly trying circumstances. In writing about such women, I suspect that I crave to know more of how those qualities, which I so admire, were cultivated in the heat of a passionate existence.Yet, in my historical writing, I also strive to 'Make.History.Real' and so in retelling these stories, I place a strong emphasis on historical accuracy wherever possible, using the full range of sensory experience to help readers become deeply drawn into the action as it unfolds.
In writing about Anne's story, I unexpectedly fell head over heels in love with the sometimes intriguing, sometimes magnificent palaces that formed the backdrop to her life. As a result, a project was conceived to co-author a non-fiction book called 'In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn' with Natalie Grueninger (From 'On the Tudor Trail'). This book will be a guide to all the places and artefacts associated with Anne Boleyn. It is due to be published in late 2013 / early 2014 by Amberley Publishing.