Wilma Hayes


'The Welsh Marches is an evocative place. Full of mystery, history, and tiny old houses, it leads easily into Wales - a perfect place to write and to set romantic novels with mysteries and crimes embedded in them.'

This is how Wilma summarises the inspiration for her four novels in the Welsh Marches series.

Luckily for her, she was able to escape to this scenic area and begin to write. It is not a gift that many people are given, but with a tiny cottage of her own, a flock of chickens, two cats, a cottage garden and a husband who is handy with a computer, the opportunity was too good to ignore.

Smashwords Interview

What and where are the Welsh Marches?
The Welsh Marches is an area between England and Wales. It is hilly with low mountains, green all year and covered with sheep. It has a history that goes back beyond the beginning of time and is the home of legends, tales of kings and princes, language and song. When the Normans conquered England in the 11th century they met their match in the Welsh tribes who lived here. To cope with situation they created a large administrative area between themselves and the Welsh under the jurisdiction of their nobles who called themselves the Marcher Lords. The Marcher Lords built castles, created their own laws and economics, but never completely defeated the Welsh. The Marches today is exceedingly beautiful, but still has an aura of its past.

Did you know that the Marches has a greater concentration of castles than anywhere else in the UK?
Is this why you write from this area?
The legends and stories from this area are never straight forward; they have conflict of course, but also heroism, laughter, sorrow and a retention of identity that is so useful for a writer. I feel that the area has a calmness and stoicism that lets people who live here be part of a larger country while retaining much that has made them what they are. This leads to many plots lines - the stuff that authors thrive on.
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The Welsh Marches
The Welsh Marches is an area of beauty and legend. These stories have their roots here. Freeing My Sisters, Book 1. Mary Mitchell meets Tim Spencer when he slides out of his shower, wearing only a fluffy pink towel, and stops at her feet. Together they face their evolving relationship and crimes that affect her security and his career. Secrets Lies and Legacies, Book 2. Mary goes back to work - as a builder. Tim, a structural engineer, who would prefer a building site, is unemployed. But Tim and Mary haven't been completely honest with each other and secrets will be told. Red Snow, Book 3. Roy has an unremarkable talent with Morse Code. Although a conscientious objector, his skill takes him into a war of spies and treachery in Moscow where he faces the hardships of the Russian/German partisan war. Then he meets Yeva and finds a love that sustains his soul. The Word Garden, Book 4. Maggie's prefect husband Gordon has a mistress and a business in financial trouble. Two things to draw him into crime and murder; two things he cannot confess to his wife.

Freeing My Sisters

Price: $1.50 USD.

Secrets Lies Legacies

Price: $1.50 USD.

Red Snow

Price: $1.75 USD.

The Word Garden

Price: $1.25 USD.


The Word Garden
Series: The Welsh Marches, Book 4. Price: $1.25 USD. Words: 67,970. Language: British English. Published: September 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Coming of age
The Word Garden Book 4 The Welsh Marches Series Maggie's prefect husband Gordon has a mistress and a business in financial trouble. Two things to draw him into crime and murder; two things he cannot confess to his wife. Maggie however begins understand feminism, and the inevitable clash between her new views and Gordon’s rigid ones lead her to her flower garden and its very special plants.
Red Snow
Series: The Welsh Marches, Book 3. Price: $1.75 USD. Words: 140,070. Language: British English. Published: November 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Roy has a good job, strong morals, and a beautiful girlfriend. Then WWII begins. He hates war and stands up to say so, but is soon in a world of spies, deceit and the partisans of the Great Patriotic Russian War. It is only his skill as a Morse code operator that keeps him alive. Then he meets Yeva. This is a story of cruel war, deep snow, unforgiving cold and love that preserves a human soul.
Secrets Lies Legacies
Series: The Welsh Marches, Book 2. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 109,150. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Everyone has secrets - haven't they? Mary and Tim appear to have a perfect relationship. This is when the world will conspire to prove otherwise. She hasn't told him everything and he hasn't been entirely honest either. Neither of them is quite willing to confess all their secrets. Controlling or unstable parents and a voice from the past needing help, all intervene. Then there are the children...
Freeing My Sisters
Series: The Welsh Marches, Book 1. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 105,180. Language: British English. Published: March 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Mary Mitchell meets her new neighbour, Tim Spencer, when he slides out of his shower, dressed only in a pink towel, and lands at her feet. It is the dramatic beginning to a fast moving journey into a 16th century crime surrounding her new but very old house and a huge international modern day crime that threatens his career. It is also a voyage into a romance that neither of them is ready for.

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