I’m well over 60, though I don’t appear to be speeding. My career was in medicine and biological research. Now I live in the Peak District of Derbyshire, England, where I eke out a living by editing medical and scientific papers and occasional fiction manuscripts. In my copious free time I travel the Peak District countryside and collect local folktales.
About six years ago I decided to try my hand at fiction writing. So far, I’ve had one collection of short stories (Rope Trick: Thirteen Strange Tales) published on a short print run by a small Canadian press; one story in that collection was based on a Peak District folktale. My first novel, Perilaus was published in the USA in 2009.
Fenella and the Magic Mirror
Fenella is officially a damsel, but she’s the despair of her parents, who want to marry her to young Sir Mallicose. Big, muscular, dark, scruffy and bold, Fenella would rather chop logs and shoot arrows than embroider a tapestry, and she isn’t interested in Sir Mallicose at all.