June Finnigan, Author
My mother was the daughter of wealthy middle-class parents and my father was a Romany Gypsy. They married, despite all objections from my maternal grandparents and as anticipated, the union turned out to be a horrible mismatch. I was conceived in a Devon field and born the following June in the local midwife’s cottage next to Exmouth railway station. Ever since, I have had a fascination for steam trains and the open road. Compulsive reading in the 50’s included ‘The Famous Five’ and ‘Swallows and Amazons’. I also read copious library books about the Resistance in France. I wanted to be a secret agent. In the 60’s I read the Bible from cover to cover, then Erich Von Daniken’s ‘Return to the Stars’ put religion into a better perspective. I was also fascinated by the ancient Egyptians and the Aztecs, Incas and Mayans and read a lot of science fiction including Aldous Huxley and H.G.Wells. I generally choose thrillers to read, particularly those that include the Cold War or modern espionage. I still love science fiction and have tentatively started a children’s novel in this genre. I have written numerous short stories and poetry, for both adults and children. ‘My Father,The Assassin’ was my first published novel. It was an attempt to put the ghost of my father to bed and to satisfy my thirst for adventure. The second and third books in the series are 'The Bolivian Connection' and 'The Italian Connection'; they are also available on Amazon. I am happily married to my love interest and best friend, and have a daughter and two grandchildren. I write my stories in a lovely former monastery/farmhouse overlooking the Chianti Hills in Tuscany. A glass of local Chianti wine is always in easy reach.
visit my author site at www.junefinnigan.website