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I am a late developer. I did not learn to read until I was seven and did not 'come out' as a creative writer until fifty years later. Memories of an early childhood in Africa and a vivid imagination carried me through an uncomfortable 'catch-up' when my 'proper' schooling began aged nine. My own learning difficulties, and lack of confidence to pursue 'story telling' as a career, drew me into teaching.  In secret, I scribbled fiction. Meanwhile, I published successful history textbooks and bought my home in France. In 2010, I became a full time writer.  Currently, I am revising drafts of my first two novels: 'The Pill Hobbler', a story for young adults about 'body snatching' in Bristol in 1822, and 'As flies are to wanton boysí that climaxes in the events of Bloody Sunday in Derry in 1972. Meanwhile, work has begun on a third novel. 




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The House at Zaronza
tagged: writers, abroad, vanessa, couchman, historical, and fiction
Love is All You Need: Ten tales of love from The Sophie King Prize
tagged: writers, abroad, sophie, king, prize, alyson, and hillbourne
Out of Control
tagged: writers, abroad, nina, croft, members, and publications
The Duke's Shadow
tagged: the, duke-s, shadow, louise, charles, debut, and novel
Foreign & Far Away
tagged: writers, abroad, amanda, hodkinson, books, charity, anthology, 2013...
Losing Control
tagged: writers, abroad, nina, and croft
tagged: nina, croft, writes, and abroad
Conversations with S. Teri O'Type
tagged: writers, abroad, christopher, and allen
Break Out
tagged: writers, abroad, ninca, and croft
The Calling
tagged: writers, abroad, nina, and croft
Deadly Pursuit
tagged: writers, abroad, nina, and croft
Big Book of New Short Horror
tagged: featuring, wa, member, alyson, and hillbourne
Tiger of Talmare
tagged: writers, abroad, nina, and croft


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