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Damaris West (née Damaris Naylor) has been writing almost for as long as she can remember, cutting her teeth on atmospheric poems and ferocious little stories about her own fictitious exploits.
Although her family home was in the heart of Cambridge, UK, hers was none-the-less a rural style of upbringing in which natural history was of immense importance. Of her immediate family, Damaris was the only non-scientist.
Damaris' first novel, Wild Goose', drew inspiration for its setting and details from her autobiography, and reflects her own struggle to break away from the family mould. Her third novel, 'Queen Anne's Lace’ depicts the complex interrelationships of a family (not altogether dissimilar to her own) when their values and desires are brought into sharp relief following a change in circumstances. Her second novel, written in time wrested from the demands of running a tuition agency with her husband Clive, is one of fantasy and is called Skolthan.
Apart from novels, Damaris has written poetry, short stories and articles, some of them commercial.
She currently lives in Umbria, Italy, in a rebuilt farmhouse with her husband and three dogs, all Italian rescue puppies. She divides her time between writing and tending her garden which is in constant need of protection from the ebullient native plants and insects.
She writes a daily blog about her adventures.
You can see all the books which she has been involved with at www.anysubject.com
Damaris’ hobbies include playing the violin, gardening, photography and reading.