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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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,…
Since characters in Dublin who appear in my novel trilogy, Conquest, play the Viking boardgame, hnefatafl, I was excited to see a 9th century set of glass pieces from the game in a fabulous exhibition of medieval glass at the Cluny Museum in Paris this week. I am giving illustrated…
My new historical novel, The Drowned Court, is published tomorrow by Impress Books. It covers the years 1107-1121 and focusses on the tumultuous lives of the Welsh princess, Nest ferch Rhys, and the Norman king, Henry I. I am giving a number of library talks in November in Norfolk and…