Retired teacher, a girl from the North Country, and proud of it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small rail and mining town in Co Durham, with a family who had struggled through the Depression, and the War, and their Methodist and Socialist values were a big influence upon me. My Great Granny "ruled" the family; she was very strict, very strong and very respected by the whole community. She was one of the biggest influences in my early life.
When did you first start writing?
I have written bits and pieces since I was a child - poems, stories, letters.
My book is part fact, part fiction, based on my family history. Although times have been hard for my family, for generations there have been tales of royal connections. Riches to rags you might say, because there have certainly been rags. Methodism and socialism helped bring about a high family moral code.
I am pleased that most people liked and rated this book. It's hard to expose yourself and be judged, and Laura Russell (see unkind review below) must be a particularly nasty person. I liked the book and agree with all the good things said.