Acclaimed, best selling and award-winning author, Julia Ibbotson says that she loves curling up with a good book by the fire (or in the Madeiran sunshine!) and of course, writing. Find her at http://www.juliaibbotsonauthor.com
An author and academic, Julia also loves travel, choral singing, cooking for family and friends, country walks, and swimming - and has a fondness for Earl Grey tea with homemade sticky ginger flapjacks for afternoon tea in the garden.
She is fascinated by the early medieval world and by the concept of time, and spends many a happy hour researching these areas for her books. Hence her medieval historical novel A Shape on the Air and her fantasy medieval children's novel S.C.A.R.S, which both revolve around time-slip. She studied Anglo-Saxon language, literature and history at university and is currently reviewing recent research into the Dark Ages.
Julia has also written the Drumbeats trilogy, the first of which is Drumbeats, the story of love and tragedy set in 1960s West Africa against the backdrop of civil war. It's available on Amazon, as are all her books. The second in the trilogy, Walking in the Rain, deals with some harsh realities of relationships, and the third, Finding Jess, sees her protagonist finding closure and resolution.
She is also the writer of the best selling memoir and history of the kitchen: The Old Rectory: escape to a country kitchen, which is about the renovation of an English Victorian rectory, and about finding what's important in life, with recipes to feed the soul at the end of each chapter.
In her life as a university lecturer, Dr Ibbotson has published many academic papers and books, mainly in the field of linguistics, education, gender, management and leadership.