At the current time, I am a gymnastics coach and a writer of many types of fiction. I have a BA in English language and literature from The University of Chicago. I am half-American and half-Scottish. I spent many summers as a girl in Scotland, and moved to England at 16 where I finished high school at Bedford High School.
My first novel, The Last Immortal, I wrote more than twenty years ago. It is the first of six novels in the "Seeds of a Fallen Empire" series that was finished in 2000 and finally published for kindle in 2010-2014 after many years of trying the traditional publishing route. I have also written one fantasy novel, Curse of the Dragon Kings, which was written in 1997 and self-published in 2010.
My other interests are gymnastics, ballet, and hiking. I trained in gymnastics for 9 years intensively and am still bouncing around on trampolines from time to time. I teach gymnastics and love the sport very much. I also love ballet and have trained off and on in ballet. My childhoods in Scotland in the summers instilled a deep love of nature and history in my spirit as well. As a writer, I started out writing mostly science fiction and also fantasy as I so much loved J.R.R. Tolkien as a girl. I also really enjoy historical fiction set in the days of ancient Rome, (and Egypt.) I am now writing more romantic and historical short stories.
As a reader, I enjoy reading English literature, literary fiction, historical fiction, Russian literature, fantasy on occasion, selective science fiction, and good writing in any genre. I also like to read books on political science, international relations, foreign policy, geography, astronomy, and ancient history (Egypt, Sumeria, Rome, Greece).
Another interest I have is in foreign languages and cultures. I have traveled to many countries in Europe, and learned French, German, Russian, and Japanese at University. My German speaking ability has waned, but I still enjoy watching foreign films and trying to read French and Russian.
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The Lament of Sir Galahad
A short story of a day on the journey of Sir Galahad during the quest for the Holy Grail. The story tells of his father Sir Lancelot and how Sir Galahad came to be in the Knights of the Round Table.
He Once Loved Chekhov
Economist John Jason Grant is in the emergency room, and thinks back on his life. He then decides to reach for some of those dreams he once had.
Iris of the Rainbow
Nadine and her boyfriend Alain meet Mr. Bleecker at a company meeting in Paris. But Mr. Bleecker is clearly attracted to Nadine. They are to meet again, in New York City, and in Athens...
Professor James Ainsley is a reserved, unassuming professor of English literature. Until one of his students, Samantha Taylor, makes a confession to him.
Beauty, Mere Beauty
Chris, a research doctor, and Sophie are on holiday at Hadrian's Wall in England when Chris decides it's over. But Sophie finds another love, Jeremy Kiel, from the lab where she works.
The Song of Orpheus
Retired MI5 agent Fraser Phillips relocates to northern Scotland and meets Helena, a Bostonian American on holiday. Fraser marries Helena, but their happiness is short-lived.
The Spirit of the Wolf
The story of a man named John, who finds a wolf pup on a trip to Alaska and helps rescue it. The story of his life, how he meets his wife, Jane, and of his son, J.D.
Ecstasy, and Rain
A short story about a young woman named Anne, who has several male friends, and her male roommate is interested in her. A story of possible loves and the friendships that endure.
The Road to Skye
American tourist Ian MacCleod is traveling through Scotland, when he learns of the Isle of Skye and takes a detour to visit it.
Chervil in the Soup
The story of Jonathan, head chef at Chez Davide restaurant, when he meets Janet, his next-door neighbor.
Days of Winter
Kassandra is disappointed in love, and then meets a strange Englishman on a Greek island.
Under the Ash Tree
Grant Thornton, a wealthy New Yorker, has finally gone into remission from cancer. He is going through a rough time when he meets Lila.
The Table of Circe
A humorous love story of Jane and Benjamin, who aren't certain of the future.
The Swan Gift
Kristine and Nate have an argument, and decide to break up in the end.
A short love story set in New York City. John Kramer, a disgruntled Manhattan executive, changes his life when he meets Lucy Graham.
A short story of a woman named Elaine and her journeys, first to Pennsylvania, and then later, to Maine.
Juniper Hill is a short story of a young woman named Catherine and her brief relationship with John, a farmer's son, in a rural New England town.
Caesar's Civil War: A Tale of Julius Caesar
This is a short story about Caesar's Civil War that began in 49 B.C. involving Julius Caesar and Pompey the Great. During the story, the two generals meet at the battle of Pharsalus in 48 B.C.
The Empire: Book Six of Seeds of a Fallen Empire
The conclusion of the Seeds of a Fallen Empire series. The story tells of the founding of an intergalactic Empire that controls the galaxies. But there is one immortal alien who would destroy the Empire...
The Comet Riders: Book Five of Seeds of a Fallen Empire
The Comet Riders is the story of an alien race of explorers who visit other worlds. Eventually, one of the aliens will invent computerized immortality, by channeling his soul's essence, his memories, into the body of a machine.
Star Gods: Book Four of Seeds of a Fallen Empire
In Star Gods, the action returns to an alien home world, where the alien Alessia is raised. Her mentor, Hinev, creates the immortality serum and tests it on his pupil, Alessia, who becomes one of her planet's intergalactic explorers. The explorers eventually visit the Earth of the ancient past on their long journey in space.
Across the Stars: Book Three of Seeds of a Fallen Empire
In Across the Stars, the Earth is recovering from an assault by a group of aliens known as the Orians. The Earth conscripts an alien spaceship on a journey across space... which leads them eventually to the home star system of the Orian race.
Spider in my Soup
The very short story of a spider named Gordon who takes a swim in my soup.
Fred the Ferret
The short story of a pet ferret named Fred who wanders outside on an adventure.
Pegasus and the Nine Muses
A story of how the goddess Athena brings Pegasus to the Nine Muses, and the Hippocrene Spring is created.
The Tiny Gazelle
A tiny gazelle living on the savannah of Africa outwits a cheetah.
A short story of the life of a harp seal pup named Cynthia, born on the ice floes.
Gracie the Greyhound
Gracie the Greyhound, adopted from Greyhound Rescue, saves her family's lives.
Bart the Badger
A young badger named Bart wanders away from his burrow on an adventure.
What Emma Left Behind
A story of twins Caera and Claudia Campbell who solve an age-old mystery in New England. Written by Anne and Carolyne Spackman.
Chester the Coyote
Chester the Coyote and his friend Hank the Hawk are in search of a new home called the oasis.
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