This is me, or fairly close – the photo was taken three or four years ago, so I have a few more grey hairs. After two careers, the first as a research scientist and the second as an educator, I published my first book, Empire’s Daughter, in the same year I retired: 2015.
Thanks to my father, I’ve been interested in history since I was very small. His focus was the Plantagenet and Tudor ages; mine is Roman Britain to the 11th C. Combine that with a deep interest in landscape history, walking, and birding, and you can see why I spend part of each year in Britain. (Or did…what will happen now COVID is a reality I’ll wait to see.)
My books are historical fiction of an imagined world, one that is close to Britain, Northern Europe, and Rome, but isn’t. A world where a society evolved differently after the Eastern Empire left, where one young fisherwoman answers her leader’s call to defend her country, beginning a journey into uncharted territory, in an Empire on the edge of history.
…and her books.
In a world reminiscent of northern Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire, this historical fantasy series explores the meaning of loyalty and love in a rapidly changing society. Following the protagonist, Lena, over a period of four years, from the day a soldier rides into her small village with an audacious request – that women learn to fight – to a last, desperate battle to save her land – Empire’s Legacy considers the impact of war and violence on men and women, and the price we pay for freedom.
How far will you go for love? Oraiáphon and his lyre braved the underworld to charm the gods into returning his beloved, a story known to all musicians. A fable…until music is the last offering Sorley can make to save the man he loves.
For thirteen years, Sorley has taught music and swordplay at the Ti’ach na Cillian, his terrible memories behind him. A peaceful life, hard-won after the devastation of war and betrayal – until officer-cadet Gwenna comes home for the summer with a question. “Why are there so many secrets in this family?”
Continuing the story begun in Empire’s Legacy, Empire’s Reckoning asks if love – of country, of an individual, of family – can be enough to transcend the expectations of history and culture, and to find uncharted paths to peace.
Also available in e-pub format.
Historical Fantasy Book of the Year, 2019, Gold Medal for Empire’s Exile, Book III of Empire’s Legacy
Box Set of the Year, 2019, Silver Medal for Empire’s Legacy
Highly Recommended, 2020, for Oraiáphon: A Novella of the Empire
Coffee Pot Book Club
March 2020, for Empire’s Daughter, Book I of Empire’s Legacy
April 2020, for Empire’s Hostage, Book II of Empire’s Legacy
June 2020, for Empire’s Exile, Book III of Empire’s Legacy.
(all shortlisted for Book of the Month)
June 2020, for Empire’s Reckoning, Book I of Empire’s Reprise
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The Bookshelf in Guelph
Wordsworth Books in Waterloo
A Different Drummer Books, Burlington