‘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 mediaeval 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.
My latest labour of love is a dual-timeline story – The Book Lovers. Separated by five hundred years, The Book Lovers tells the story of two women who are equally determined to save the people they love. As well as being connected by bloodline, they are also connected by a book, but it is no ordinary book: The Shepherd Book of Hours, is a palimpsest and it is what is hidden beneath the religious text that holds both their deepest secrets and the darkest threat to their lives.
The Book Lovers begins with Callie Shepherd, a library van driver from the Highlands of Scotland, estranged from her family in Oxford. When her mother dies unexpectedly, Callie returns home to find the family heirloom, The Shepherd Book of Hours, has also gone missing. In an effort to salvage relations with her sister, she sets out on a quest to recover the missing manuscript. Interwoven with her story is that of her ancestor, Muriel Calder, a sixteenth century, Scottish noblewoman.
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!