Through a glass darkly:
dark and paranormal fiction
Fiona has always been passionate about history. She studied Ancient and Medieval History and Archaeology at Liverpool University, and her favourite authors include Dorothy Dunnett, Mary Renault, Mary Stewart, and Daphne du Maurier. She particularly loves anything that weaves different time periods together (such as du Maurier's
The House on the Strand) or introduces an element of the supernatural (Stewart's
Thornyhold or The Ivy Tree). Her own writing reflects this, often focussing on how the past sends echoes into the present.
Her two paranormal romance novels (both now out of publication) explore the world of ghosts and/or the slippage of time. In Roses in December a soldier wounded in Northern Ireland recuperates in a convalescent home with a beautiful garden where past and present inhabitants collide to startling effect. In Gleams of a Remoter World, a paranormal journalist uncovers dark and shocking truths about a family in Ireland during the First World War when he's sent to investigate a haunted, ruined church.
Fiona's short stories sometimes pick up on the same themes, but also include a wider range of genres from science-fiction to crime, with a bit of romance thrown in. Many of her stories have been published in anthologies, magazines and online, most recently with the Library of Rejected Beauty, Fox Spirit, Riptide Publishing, In Flight Literary Magazine, Shotgun Honey, Pulp Metal Magazine, and Paragraph Planet.
Fiona's comic paranormal romance novella Got Ghosts?, about a TV company filming at a haunted house, is available from Fox Spirit now, and she's currently working on a novel featuring yet more ghosts and her own family history of jet-carving.
Fiona lives in a slate cottage within stone-throwing distance (never a good idea in Glass houses...) of England's largest lake, and when she isn't scribbling she enjoys gardening, photography, and anything to do with history. She rarely has her nose far from the pages of a good book - or a cup of tea!