Can you tell us a little bit about your latest book? When did it come out? Where can we get it?
My latest book – and my first – is Druid’s Portal: The First Journey. It became available on Amazon on May 17th. It is a time travel romance, with plenty of action and adventure, set in Roman Britain in the shadows of Hadrian’s Wall.
Wow, that's great!
So, is there anything which prompted Druid's Portal? Something that inspired you?
I have always been interested in history and archaeology – my heroine Janet is an archaeologist. The barrier of Hadrian’s Wall was built for protection, but it also symbolized a clash of two barbaric cultures, with two very different ways of thinking. To put all this in a book, with the twist of time travel and make it an exciting adventure was a fun thing to write.
I have been a voracious reader since I was four, but didn’t start writing until I was a teenager, and then stopped with work and life until about fifteen years ago. Since then I have been getting more stories, poems and now a novel published each year.
Robert E. Howard (Conan), Edgar Rice Burroughs (Tarzan) and Robert Heinlein, Harry Harrison for my boys own adventure and sci-fi, plus Peter O’Donnell and Kerry Greenwood for mysteries, and Andy McDermott and Matthew Reilly for modern action adventure. All of these have been inspiration over the years.
I generally write in my study, and as often as I can. But I also take my iPad to cafes, and have been known to stop in car parks and scribble on scraps of paper, make voice memos while driving and once wrote a short story while making dinner at the kitchen bench. So it varies, depending on where an idea might sneak up on me.
Everyone writes in their own way, and the only way to figure that out is to actually write. Writers need to write – so put the words down. But other writers can be a source of great friendships and advice as well, since writing can be a lonely occupation. No one will understand the frustrations and triumphs of being a writer (that writes) better than another writer.
A portal closed for 2,000 years.
An ancient religion twisted by modern greed.
A love that crosses the centuries.
An ancient druid pendant shows archaeologist Janet visions of Roman soldier Trajan. The visions are of danger, death, and love—but are they a promise or a curse?
Her fiancé Daman abandons her before the wedding, her beloved museum is ransacked, and a robed man vanishes before her eyes. Haunted by visions of a time she knows long gone, Janet teeters on the edge of a breakdown.
In the shadow of Hadrian’s Wall and 2,000 years back in time, Janet’s past and present collide. Daman has vowed to drive the invaders from the shores of Britain and march his barbarian hordes to Rome. Trajan swears vengeance against the man who threatens both his loves—Janet and the Empire.
Time is running out—for everyone.
It was nothing more than a gaudy bauble, Janet told herself, rubbing her aching forehead and trying to think clearly. But she had just had some sort of a vision. She snorted in disbelief. Visions, really? You’re a scientist, aren’t you? She tried to shelve the problem for later consideration, but could not stop the questions that swirled in her head. What had happened to her? Where had the pendant taken her?