Ann Marie Thomas

Biography

Writing poetry and making up stories since I was a child, I only started to write seriously when my children were grown. My main ambition is to write science fiction, but along the way I got fascinated by local history and distracted by a major stroke. I wrote poetry about my stroke and spent my recovery writing a local history book. Taking early retirement gave me the chance to concentrate on my writing. I have been married for over 45 years, with 4 grown children and 8 grandchildren.

I had already written up my research into the de Braose family before my stroke, but the long hours in hospital gave me time to think about it in detail. Once I came home, rather than sitting doing nothing, I rewrote the book, and taught myself to format and publish in both ebook and print. My husband contacted the art department of the local university, who helped me find a wonderful artist to illustrate my books.

Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth came out as an ebook and in print for the locals and the tourist market at Easter 2012 and it's success gave me the impetus to write another, Broken Reed: The Lords of Gower and King John, which came out in September 2013.

The 800th anniversary of Magna Carta in 2015 led me to adapt and enlarge my Broken Reed book and produce The Magna Carta Story: The Layman's Guide to the Great Charter. This came out in May 2015.

During my research I found other fascinating stories which are not long enough for a book, so I collected them together into Medieval Gower Stories, published in October 2017.

I am now working on another great story from Gower medieval history: Swansea Miracle.

When I was in hospital I wrote a flood of poetry, about my stroke, my therapy, my faith, and random things like the rain outside my window. I have now published them as an ebook and print, My Stroke of Inspiration. 22 poems in all: verse, doggerel, and blank verse. The poems talk about suffering and patience, therapy and faith, and are surprisingly cheerful. If you are a stroke survivor or know someone who is, or just enjoy poetry, these poems will comfort, encourage and inspire you.

There is also a Christian non fiction book, Blinded by the Light, warning of the traps Christians can fall into, published in February 2020.

I continue to work on my recovery from the stroke, and although I am disabled I lead a very busy life. I am involved in my church and active on social media. I am still writing science fiction, a series called Flight of the Kestrel, about the adventures of the crew of the Fast-Response spaceship the Kestrel. The first book in the series - Intruders - was published in April 2016, and the second - Alien Secrets - was published in October 2017. The third - Crisis of Conscience - was published in June 2021. Watch out for book 4 Planet Fall.

Where to find Ann Marie Thomas online

Series

Stories of Medieval Gower
A collection of stories about the area of Gower and Swansea in Wales, in the medieval period
Flight of the Kestrel
The Kestrel is part of the Fast-Response Fleet of the Planetary Alliance for Cooperation and Trade (PACT). It is a small ship, though fast and armed, with eleven crew. Each book of the series stands alone but features different crew members, so we get to know them.

Books

Crisis of Conscience: Flight of the Kestrel Book 3
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,860. Language: British English. Published: September 11, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Can Captain Joseph Darrow of the spaceship Kestrel commit theft and murder to save the lives of his crew? Is Second Officer Daniel Hoy right, that the ends justify the means? Are there some lines you must not cross? Can they persuade the Zoan lizard woman Raven to tell them her father’s secret? Newly qualified Ensign Tabitha Enns steps straight into peril. Can she prove her worth?
Flight of the Kestrel Collection
Price: Free! Words: 7,830. Language: British English. Published: August 11, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Three short stories in the Flight of the Kestrel science fiction series. Backstory of three crewmen and a chance to sample A M Thomas's writing.
Swansea Miracle
Series: Stories of Medieval Gower. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,070. Language: British English. Published: April 25, 2023 . Categories: Nonfiction » History » Medieval, Nonfiction » History » European » Europe / Great Britain
The amazing story of a Welsh rebel, hanged by the Lord of Gower, who didn't stay dead. This miracle was attributed to Bishop Thomas de Cantilupe alongside many other miracles. He was later made a saint.
Blinded by the Light
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,640. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2020 . Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Spiritual Growth, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Personal Growth
Don't be complacent because you're a Christian. There are still pitfalls you can stumble into. This book looks at the truth, the trap and the solution to some common errors.
Alien Secrets (Flight of the Kestrel Book 2)
Series: Flight of the Kestrel, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,270. Language: British English. Published: January 5, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction
On a failed mission to look for a secret weapon, Shom Reuel of the Kestrel saves a man – twice. He looks human, apart from the lump on his forehead. It seems everyone wants him, but is he a friend or a deadly enemy? And will the shock of his identity cause Reuel to reveal his people’s greatest secret?
The Conquest of Wales
Series: Stories of Medieval Gower. Price: Free! Words: 2,920. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2018 . Categories: Nonfiction » History » Medieval, Nonfiction » History » European » Europe / Great Britain
In 1066 William of Normandy won the Battle of Hastings, but Wales wasn't conquered for over two hundred years. The Welsh princes were a thorn in the side of the English kings until Edward I, building castles and roads as he went, finally conquered Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, the last Prince of Wales.
Medieval Gower Stories
Series: Stories of Medieval Gower, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,960. Language: British English. Published: January 27, 2018 . Categories: Nonfiction » History » Medieval, Nonfiction » History » European » Europe / Great Britain
Fascinating stories from medieval Gower: battles, brutality, adultery, daring escapes, fairies and an ogre! If you like scandal, intrigue and true stories from history, then you’ll love Ann Marie Thomas’ book.
My Stroke of Inspiration
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,320. Language: British English. Published: May 9, 2017 . Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Physical impairments
Ann Marie Thomas had a stroke in work in May 2010. In the long hours in hospital, she began to write poetry on her mobile phone, laboriously one letter at a time. About her stroke, her treatment, her faith, and totally random things like the rain outside her window. The poems talk about suffering and patience, therapy and faith. These poems will comfort, encourage and inspire you.
The Magna Carta Story: The Layman's Guide to the Great Charter
Series: Stories of Medieval Gower, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,350. Language: British English. Published: May 9, 2017 . Categories: Nonfiction » History » Medieval, Nonfiction » History » European » Europe / Great Britain
The layman's guide to Magna Carta and a good story too. The relationships, arguments, bad behaviour, and civil war around the imposition of the Great Charter on King John, and what happened afterwards. Why is it considered so important after 800 years, and what did it actually say?
Intruders (Flight of the Kestrel Book 1)
Series: Flight of the Kestrel, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 90,040. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Tabitha Enns is given work experience on board the Kestrel, on the adventure of her life, that will push her to the limit. When a hostile alien species are discovered, the Kestrel is sent to make contact, leading the crew – and Tabitha – into danger, and the crew have problems with their friends as well as their enemies.
Broken Reed: The Lords of Gower and King John
Series: Stories of Medieval Gower, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,980. Language: British English. Published: September 1, 2013 . Categories: Nonfiction » History » Medieval, Nonfiction » History » European » Europe / Great Britain
King John's brutal treatment of William de Breos led to rebellion by many of the great barons and was the final spark that lit the fire of Magna Carta.
Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth
Series: Stories of Medieval Gower, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,950. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2012 . Categories: Nonfiction » History » Medieval
Alina de Breos' husband seizes the Lordship of Gower in an attempt to protect her inheritance. This rebellion which starts in 1320, gathers other barons in a country-wide uprising against a weak and distrusted king.