Ghosts, history and a nice cup of tea...
Everywhere she went she was accompanied by the sound of breaking crockery and toppling ornaments, having been born with more than the usual complement of thumbs.
I've always been passionate about history. I studied Ancient and Medieval History and Archaeology at Liverpool University, and some of my favourite authors include Dorothy Dunnett, Mary Renault, Mary Stewart, and Daphne du Maurier, all of whom write about history in one form or another. I particularly loves anything that weaves different time periods together (such as du Maurier's
The House on the Strand or Philippa Pearce's Tom's Midnight Garden) or introduces an element of the supernatural (Stewart's
Thornyhold). My own writing reflects this, often focussing on how the past sends echoes into the present.
Two earlier paranormal romance novels (both now out of publication) explored the world of ghosts and/or the slippage of time. In
Roses in December a soldier wounded in Northern Ireland recuperated in a convalescent home with a beautiful garden where past and present inhabitants collided to startling effect. In
Gleams of a Remoter World, a paranormal journalist uncovered dark and shocking truths about a family in Ireland during the First World War when he investigated a haunted, ruined church.
My 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 my stories have been published in anthologies, magazines and online, most recently with the Library of Rejected Beauty, Fox Spirit Books, Riptide Publishing, In Flight Literary Magazine, Shotgun Honey, Pulp Metal Magazine, and Paragraph Planet.
Got Ghosts?, my comic paranormal romance novella featuring a TV company filming at a haunted house, is available from Fox Spirit Books, and I'm currently working on a novel featuring yet more ghosts and a doomed archaeological dig.