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I write thriller/suspense fiction. My psychological suspense novel “Mystical Circles” was published in 2012, and my paranormal thriller “A Passionate Spirit” was published by Matador on 28 November 2015. Do visit my blog scskillman.com, where I post weekly on books I love, people and places of inspiration, life, spirituality, thoughts and musings. And if you’d like to know more about my new novel, do sign up for my mailing list on my Facebook Page or blog.
As a child I was inspired by Enid Blyton. I started writing adventure stories at the age of seven; the love of writing that her stories first instilled into me has strengthened over the years.
I studied English Literature at Lancaster University, and my first permanent job was as a production secretary with the BBC. Later I lived for nearly five years in Australia. I now live in Warwickshire with my husband David and our two teenage children.
I completed two comic novels before writing Mystical Circles. I’ve always been fascinated by the interaction of different complex personalities, an inexhaustible source of inspiration for a writer!
And my advice to anyone who wants to be a writer? Read a lot, listen to people’s conversations, be observant about the details of your world, and especially about human behaviour and interaction, and persist in your writing, being single-minded to the point of obsession…never give up, always believe in yourself despite all evidence to the contrary and hold out for what you first dreamed of.