‘Write til your ink be dry, and with your tears
Moist it again, and frame some feeling line …’
– Proteus in ‘Two Gentlemen of Verona‘
I am a writer with a keen interest in medieval and early modern history. I have pinned the lines quoted above over my desk at home. Why? Because it reminds me that even Shakespeare most likely had an appreciation of the hard graft and emotional investment required of writing.
At the moment I have several writing projects on the go: I’m editing a dual-timeline historical novel, The Book Lovers, a story about two women desperate to save the people they love and connected over a timespan of five hundred years; an Australian convict story; and a novel about Shakespeare. I like to think of my writing as an archeological site, with me digging and sifting and hoping that one day I’m going to strike gold!
With an MA in history from St. Andrew’s University (completed some time in the Dark Ages), and by profession an English and history teacher, perhaps it’s little wonder that my writing tends to be historically-inspired. When I’m not tracking down a piece of historical dynamite, following the distant cobbled echo of will o’ the wisp characters from history, you’ll find me at my desk writing.
I hope you find what you’re looking for in these web pages.
May you love what you read and read what you love!