Welcome to my author page - "benvenuti"!
I live in the beautiful Italian Apennines for several months each year. Such an inspiring location.
My love affair with Italy was born at the age of seven when I moved with my family to Rome where we lived for six years. My father worked for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and he made sure we learned Italian and visited many places during that time.
Later on I studied Italian at the University of Kent at Canterbury and afterwards worked in Sicily, where I met my husband. His Italian mother and British father met in Urbino in 1944 and married after a war-time romance.
I wanted to write "Tuscan Roots" not only for my amazing mother-in-law, Giuseppina, but also to make people aware of the courage and hospitality shown by families of our Italian neighbours in our corner of war-torn Tuscany.
This is my first novel and is a story about ordinary people who lived through extraordinary times. (Please note it is a revised version of "Never Forget"). I have just been signed by BOOKOUTURE for a two-book deal and one of these will be a slight re-write of "Tuscan Roots". I am so proud to be a part of this publishing "family", as they describe themselves.
A sequel to this book was published at the end of April 2017. "Now and then in Tuscany" features the same family that appeared in "Tuscan Roots". The background is the transhumance, a practice that started in Etruscan times and continued right up until the 1950's.
My research for both these novels has been greatly helped by my kind Italian, country friends, who have vivid memories of both the Second World War and the harsh times they endured in their childhoods.
Italy is a passion but my stories are not always set there. My next book is about two fun-loving ladies of "a certain age" who live by the seaside in Sussex and get up to all kinds of adventures. Watch out for Mavis and Dot! They will be launched on December 1st 2018 at St Paul's Centre, Worthing, West Sussex.