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.
on Jan. 30, 2015 :
Curse of the Dragon Kings is a well-written Fantasy tale. The author is an educated young woman, who is a fine author. She writes with no spelling errors or misusage of words, like using ‘your’ for ‘you’re’ or ‘poor’ for ‘pour’ or many other words, that so many other less or poorly educated authors, both young and old, do.
The story didn’t drag, but moved right along and was an exciting, pleasant read. Her characters were not filled with angst and self-doubt, but accepted their place in life and functioned well, in spite of the circumstances they faced. They were positive in their actions and attitudes, accepting what they were faced with, they moved ahead overcoming their opponents.
I will purchase and read more of her stories in the future.
D. W. Aiken
(review of free book)