Author Bio September 2016
Like most writers, I love to read. My favorite books as a child growing up in England were A Hundred and One Dalmations by Dodie Smith, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis, and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I devoured these books, reading them over and over, along with all of Enid Blyton, lots of comic books, and a whole bunch of mysteries and adventure stories. It wasn’t until I got to high school that I discovered my other lifetime favorites; namely, George Orwell and the poetry of Seamus Heaney and William Blake.
I think I meant to write “one day”, but I never planned to become a teacher, or move to the U.S., or study American history. You can add to that my surprise that I married and have a large family and am actually trying yoga-many years after my mum first suggested it!
My novels so far have both featured young women constrained by circumstance, but forced by history- theirs and the country’s-to take action to fight injustice. I am strongly drawn to feisty females, women who don’t take no for an answer and who cannot see why an accident of birth should keep them down or keep them quiet or keep them from living life as fully as their brothers or husbands.
I always like my heroines and they always surprise me, being fearless and independent and doing things that I, as the author, never expected they would! I hope you enjoy meeting them as much as I do and I look forward to hearing back from you, either through my Facebook page or on my website or perhaps even at an author reading.
The Gunner Wore Petticoats
by SJ Schinleber
One woman puts aside her dresses and her womanly chores and answers the call to arms. The day she rescues a wounded Southern solder, everything she though she knew about war and loyalty is turned upside down…