Margaret Skea grew up in Ulster at the height of the 'Troubles', but now lives with her husband in the Scottish Borders.
You can find more details, including why chocolate is vital to her creative process, on her website www.margaretskea.com
STOP PRESS: Katharina: Deliverance has just placed 2nd in the (international) Historical Novel Society New Novel Award 2018.
Katharina: Deliverance is the first of two novels based on the life of Katharina von Bora, the escaped nun who married Martin Luther.
Awarded the Beryl Bainbridge Award for Best First Time Author 2014 and Historical Fiction Winner in the Harper Collins / Alan Titchmarsh People's Novelist Competition for her debut novel Turn of the Tide, the sequel A House Divided was longlisted for the Historical Novel Society New Novel Award 2016. The third book in the series, By Sword and Storm, was published in July 2018.
Margaret is passionate about well-researched, authentic historical fiction and providing a 'you are there' experience for the reader.
An Hawthornden Fellow and award winning short story writer - recent wins include, Neil Gunn, Chrysalis Prize, and Winchester Short Story Prize. Placings and listings include Rubery Short Story, Historical Novel Society Short Story, Mslexia, Fish - Short Story and One Page Prize and the Matthew Pritchard Award. She has been published in a range of magazines and anthologies in Britain and the USA.
A new collection of short stories - Dust Blowing and Other Stories - including some of those from competitions mentioned above, is now available.