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I wrote terrible holiday diaries as a child, which my husband gets me to read out loud for our entertainment.
I’ve always loved writing but didn’t make the time while the children were growing up. In 2018 I enrolled on courses, attended webinars and conferences, and joined writing groups.
I have written two novels, although the first is pushed firmly to the back of a drawer. The second - a story about falling in love with the wrong person; set in New York and Ireland in 1911/12 - was published on 28 Feb 2023, with the help of the people at THE BOOK GUILD!
I write when I’m not cleaning and repairing horse rugs or doing the farm accounts. Man of the Woods, my farming husband of twenty-seven years (and usually to be found with a chainsaw and surrounded by logs) is one of my biggest supporters.
While I'm planning another novel, I also write short stories and was delighted that Fairlight Books wanted to publish 'The Projectionist'.
It’s 1911 and, against her mother’s wishes, quiet New Yorker Emma dreams of winning the right to vote. She is sent away by her parents in the hope distance will curb her desire to be involved with the growing suffrage movement and told to spend time learning about where her grandparents came from.
Across the Atlantic – Queenstown, southern Ireland – hotelier Thomas dreams of being loved, even noticed, by his actress wife, Alice. On their wedding day, Alice’s father had assured him that adoration comes with time. It’s been eight years. But Alice has plans of her own and they certainly don’t include the fight for equality or her dull husband.
Emma’s arrival in Ireland leads her to discover family secrets and become involved in the Irish Women’s Suffrage Society in Cork. However, Emma’s path to suffrage was never meant to lead to a forbidden love affair…