Retired from legal practice and semi-retired from holistic therapy - although she still teaches Reiki and other workshops - Marion lives close to the sea in the beautiful East Sussex countryside with a long-suffering husband, a lazy saluki and an urge to write into the small hours.
I’ve wanted to write for as long as I can remember. But Life intervened and I only managed to complete my first novel when I was over sixty.
My first career – as a lawyer – began in the nineteen seventies when there were very few women in the legal profession of England and Wales, and the dice tended to be loaded against them! My first small office on Romney Marsh eventually extended until, after a number of changes, amalgamations and growth it evolved into one of the top 100 legal firms in England and Wales.
My second career – in complementary health – began in 1994 when I qualified as a professional aromatherapist and also became a Usui Reiki Master Teacher. Over the years I have taught Reiki to hundreds of students. With my husband, also a lawyer, I ran a complementary health clinic in the Old Town of Hastings, East Sussex for several years.
All forms of holistic health interest me but it is energy healing, in all its various facets and forms, which I find most fascinating and from which I can never quite retire.
Your book 'When the Clocks Stopped' is historical at two levels, being set in 1976 and slipping in time to 1747. To what extent is it based on real historical events?
I think perhaps it is best for me to come clean from the start. The book was originally going to be a memoir of the first year when I set up in practice on my own account as a country solicitor (attorney). I’m sure you can guess the date? 1976. I had written a few chapters— very badly and in very stilted language, because after all, I was a lawyer— when I suddenly found myself writing something far more exciting and definitely inaccurate. Not a memoir at all. I stopped and thought about it for a minute or two and then decided that I might as well enjoy myself. Who would be interested in the memoir of a country solicitor, anyway? But hidden away in my memory were a lot of interesting stories that I had encountered around that time. It seemed second nature to stitch them into the story. So the short answer is yes, the story is based on real historical events of 1976. Later, when Annie came into the story, she arrived complete with her own personality and history. It was then that I had to do considerable research to check that the background and events surrounding her in 1747 were as accurate as possible.
Did you set out to write a murder-less mystery? There’s crime and deception in your book, but this isn’t the standard whodunit. How conscious were you of breaking some of the conventions of the mystery genre, while keeping others?
To be honest, I didn’t actually give much thought to genre when I was writing the book. As I’ve mentioned, I was writing for the sheer joy of writing and the mystery evolved naturally. I suppose that as a lawyer it was my bread-and-butter work to solve problems and difficulties so that was a good starting point. The book had to be interesting for me, as well as for my readers. But in the end I had little choice: my characters fleshed themselves out and made their own decisions about the story!
A young lawyer. 1970s England. Packed with authentic and endearing characters, unexpected romance and good old fashioned country town drama, Soliciting from Home is an amusing, occasionally sad, but always warm-hearted fictionalised account of a young woman setting up a legal practice in a small community in 1970s England
Mystery thrillers with a supernatural edge set on Romney Marsh in Southern England in the 1970s. Young lawyer Hazel Dawkins finds herself drawn into fascinating events in the lives of her clients – and inadvertently becomes the catalyst for danger and intrigue linked to terrifying happenings in the ancient past.
Heartwarming, funny and poignant tales of the bonds and differences between races and cultures. This series follows the travels of a young English girl in the 1950s, and shows how she finds fascination, love and friendship in unexpected places.
August 1976. Romney Marsh. A long hot summer. On the surface, all is well with Hazel Dawkins' life. The young lawyer, is happily absorbed in her baby daughter. However, no sooner has she agreed to return to work than she finds herself trapped in a web of crime and corruption: a web that draws upon dark forces from the past which return to destroy her and all she holds dear
A short, but magical, haunting tale of country ways, adventure, loss and love.Two friends are sitting, amicably silent, in the dusk of a winter's day, when the atmosphere around them changes. Soon a story of love, loss and adventure unfolds, with unexpected consequences for them both.
A heartwarming tale of the bonds and differences between two cultures. A young English girl travels to Sierra Leone and the country and people capture her heart.
'A delightful book, funny and poignant' Reader's Review
Amusing, poignant and enthralling, The Elephants' Child is a novella set in Bombay (now Mumbai) India, in 1954. This is a story that captures the wonders of India as seen through the eyes of a six-year-old English girl as she struggles to find love and friendship.
"Dive into a dramatic double dimension when a modern woman's mysterious present slips into the turbulent smuggling past – the first supernatural mystery/thriller in the Mysterious Marsh Series set in Romney Marsh, England.