It was never my intention to become an author, much less write three novels about the Australian outback. However, reading was always a passion from an early age and access to a well-stocked mobile library in my youth meant I always had plenty of books from which to select my reading for the month ahead.
A most enjoyable and satisfying career in Secondary Education ended in the late 1990s following extensive surgery for secondary cancer, and it was then that writing filled the void and cast light into the dark places. I have found it quite amazing how quickly time passes when one 'steps' into the virtual world of the imagination, and researching the background for the novels is almost as satisfying and challenging as teaching in some respects.
I spent my formative years in rural Lincolnshire, studied for a diploma and degree in Education in Yorkshire and after marrying moved to North Wales and my first teaching post in a Comprehensive School, close to the English/Welsh border. I still live in North Wales, in a converted barn, in an 'area of outstanding natural beauty' and consider myself fortunate to live in such beautiful surroundings.
Reading is still a passion, and I also enjoy going to the theatre, the cinema, listening to music and Radio 4 as well as meeting up with, and keeping in close contact with, family and friends both at home and abroad.
The third book in my 'Outback' trilogy, 'Beyond the Mulga Line', should have been published in Dec. 2014. Unfortunately, I discovered that the cancer [Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma] that I was initially diagnosed with in 1980, and which recurred in the mid 1990s, reappeared in Nov 2014, this time in my lung which resulted in fairly extensive surgery in early 2015 and was followed later in the same year with treatment for tumours in my liver. During 2016 and 2017 I've undergone various treatments and further surgery, the most recent being a new form of radiotherapy SABR [Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiation] for more tumours in my liver. I count myself lucky in that ACC is often a slow growing cancer; however, on the down side it is relentless and always returns. That said, I am fortunate in having a dedicated and wonderful team looking after me: lung and liver surgeons, an oncologist and a radiotherapy consultant who are all excellent in their chosen fields, along with the medical and nursing teams who support their work. As I'm sure you can imagine, all of this treatment has taken its toll, and has left me without the necessary energy or enthusiasm needed to complete the editing process of Book Three until now.
Finally, I have not given up writing despite ongoing medical treatment. I have several books for children in the pipeline as well as one or two ideas for a novel for adults which I hope to start in the New Year.
Writing continues to play a big part in my life, and I hope this will continue for many years to come. If you choose to buy one, or all of my novels, then I sincerely hope that you enjoy reading them.
[The third book in my 'Outback' trilogy, 'Beyond the Mulga Line' will be published in Dec 2017 and be available on Amazon in January 2018.]