I am a writer based in UK and France. My novels are set in early medieval Europe and are based on real historical characters and incidents. The Conquest trilogy (Daughter of the Last King, 2016; The Drowned Court, 2017; and The Anarchy, due 2019) tell the story of a Welsh noblewoman caught up in the struggle between the Welsh and the Normans at the turn of the 11th century.
My first novel Almodis the Peaceweaver (2011) is set in 11th century Toulouse and Barcelona and tells the story of an Occitan female lord. My second novel The Viking Hostage (2014) is set in 10th century France and Wales. The story springs from the kidnap of a French noblewoman on the night before her wedding, during a Viking raid on an island monastery.
My writing awards include Authors’ Foundation Award, Literature Wales Writers Bursary, Santander Research Award and The Impress Prize Shortlist. My novels are published by Impress Books and I am a member of the Society of Authors and ALCS.
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Urinal used for medical diagnosis, from the Cluny Museum, Paris My latest newsletter has just been published. It includes news on my novel in progress, The Anarchy, depicting the continuing conflict between the Welsh and the Normans in the 12th century in the aftermath of the sinking of The White…
Click to view slideshow. I am running a series of daily image trailers on Twitter prior to an illustrated talk that I am giving at Downham Market Library on Monday 11 December, 2-3pm. A lot of the research I undertake for my historical fiction involves images, objects, places and maps.…
Thank you to Pembroke Dock Library for such an enjoyable event last week when I presented my new novel, The Drowned Court, and talked with the audience about medieval life and the process of writing historical fiction. And thanks too, to Bob, my ‘muse’, for driving me around Pembrokeshire again,…