P. L. Crompton
For several years, I wrote non-fiction articles published in Canadian and American magazines but my heart was in storytelling.
Hi, I’m Pam Crompton. I grew up on the outskirts of a small village in Welsh farming country. When I was a little girl we had no television, and radio was limited to the news and music. For entertainment, people gathered around the fire to tell stories or talk about something that happened as they had from time immemorial. If I stayed very quiet, my mother would forget I wasn’t in bed and I could listen to the adults talk. Many of those stories stayed in my mind and eventually I included some in my collection Land of My Fathers.
Not all the talk was about people we knew, a lot involved folklore and history. I doubt there are many Welsh people who are not curious about and proud of their Celtic ancestry and intrigued by Merlin. At school, history proved my best subject; I found it fascinating. When I left school, we moved to Carmarthen, a Welsh town named after Merlin. History surrounded me and I continued to study. I used some of this knowledge for my novel The Last Druid.
Although I set The Agency in Calgary, upcoming novels are set in Wales or England. Those countries offer themselves as better settings to the stories I write than the wide-open spaces of Canada.
Witch Bay is a mystery set in Wales. Masquerade is a time-travel mystery set in London, England. I am currently working on Demetae, a novel set in Wales during the Roman invasion.
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