My dad always said you should do what makes you happy. I thought he was right and was lucky enough to spend a few dizzy years studying Spanish, including a particularly mad time in Oxford investigating 17th-century comic interludes (seriously). Afterwards, I reconnected with the real world and found a job as a technical translator until I discovered that English was easier, so did copywriting for anyone who would pay. On a stint in Australia, I landed a job as a subeditor and returned to journalism, relishing the chance to come up with funny headlines in a variety of provincial papers. Ah. Once a pun a time.
As my academic husband Rob became a chemistry professor in something even I can’t spell, I moved into the more sensible world of educational magazines and online publishing – for a while, at least. Our daughter arrived and reintroduced me to the delights of fiction, which I'd sort of forgotten about.
So, that was Edinburgh, Oswestry, Southport, Manchester, Oxford, Cambridge, Perth (WA), Cambridge again, then Bath.
We then fetched up in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, where one fine day, while walking the dogs at a local beauty spot, thinking ‘to hell with a career’, I took the plunge into writing for myself, and I'm now the author of six, make that seven, books to date (including one co-written with aforementioned prof, with more in the pipeline) ranging from historical drama by way of teen fantasy to retro mystery. Well, it doesn't pay the bills but it keeps me (in)sane.
Ice Trekker is a teen fantasy set in the icy wilds of Krønagar.
Newsroom thriller Tomorrow’s Anecdote is a retro mystery set in the turbulent Thatcher years, partly based on my own experiences in provincial. Only partly, remember. The rest is all fiction. Of course it is.
Dark Interlude is a romantic mystery thriller set in Scotland in the aftermath of the World War One when revolution was in the air.
Half Life is a 1930s ‘film noir’-style thriller set in Norway in the dark days before the invasion as scientists race to solve the mystery of nuclear fission. This was co-written with my Tasmanian-born husband, Robert Deeth, a professor of inorganic chemistry at the University of Warwick. Soon to be emeritus, as we're off to Scotland. Huzzah.
The Lost Orchid is a Gothic inspired mystery adventure inspired by the exploits of Scottish plant collectors, featuring Flora McPhairson.
The Cloud Pearl is a teen/tween adventure telling of the battle against the vile Grax dynasty, and part one of Legends of Liria.
True Haven is a Regency-inspired adventure for young adults.
Other projects include the publication of Not With a Whimper, an original Cold War thriller by my late father, plus an assortment of short stories.
In addition, I run Orchidmania, a botanical blog for orchid enthusiasts, having become somewhat addicted doing the research for The Lost Orchid.
Sequels are on the way.
on March 29, 2014 :
This is a fun little story. Two sisters don't like their father's mother, at all. Unfortunately for them, their grandmother moves in after their parents die in a car accident. The good side of this is that at 15 and 16 years old, they won't have to live under her thumb for much longer. Shelby, the younger sister, found her escape in marriage. Helen went to college and got her degree. Since her sister never came around, Helen is surprised when Shelby and her husband show up for a visit earlier than expected. What takes place from here is for you to read.
As an introduction to an author, this book is great. Kelt has a lively wit and sense of humor (as well as justice) that shine in the few pages of this story. She has encapsulated everything you need to know about the characters in a way that lets you know who they are without the need of more pages. You know right quick who you like and who you don't. When I reached the end of the story, I was telling (no names to avoid the spoiler) someone, "Yeah, serves you right!" and grinning. I think you'll enjoy this one.
I was gifted a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
(review of free book)