Ethyl Smith is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art and a Fellow of Manchester School of Advanced Studies. She is also a graduate of the University of Strathclyde Novel Writing course and the Stirling University M.Litt. Creative Writing course.
Ethyl followed a carreer in illustrating and design lecturing, before following an interest in holistic therapy & hypnotherapy, which she now teaches.
Her short stories have appeared in a range of magazines including Scottish Field, Gutter, Scottish Memories, Mistaken Identities (edited by Jame Robertson), Mixing the Colours Anthology, and Scottish Book Trust Anthology.
Her interest in Scottish language and history, particularly 17th century, led to a trilogy based on covenanting times, where greed, power, and religion created a dangerous mix. Changed Times is the first in that series.
As James Renwick returns to Scotland, accompanied by the young Jonas Hawthorne, in search of adventure, an undeterred John Steel is still living the life of a fugitive, hunted day and night by Claverhouse's men.
1679 - The Killing Times: Charles II is on the throne, the Episcopacy has been restored, and southern Scotland is in ferment. From the Battle of Drumclog to the Battle of Bothwell Bridge, John's platoon of farmers and villagers find themselves in the heart of the action over that fateful summer where the people fight the King for their religion, their freedom, and their lives.