As someone who’d never been outside the UK, I always dreamed of seeing America, but never thought it would happen.
The Author Roast and Toast , and became such close friends it felt as if the three of us had always known each other. Out of the blue, Mary (who lives in Florida) suggested I travel to Pennsylvania with her to meet Sharon, and after some persuasion on her part, we started making plans. I'd never been further than France in my life, so the prospect of flying so far by myself was both thrilling and a little scary.
Tragically, a month before I was due to leave for the US, Sharon, who'd been admitted to hospital in January for a second major heart operation, suffered a series of setbacks and, despite putting up a tremendous fight, did not pull through. Mary and I were heartbroken, but decided to go ahead and make the trip to Pittsburgh, me from the UK and Mary from Florida, to meet Sharon's parents, and her sister, Mary Beth, who had kept us both updated about Sharon's progress.
We spent several days in Pittsburgh and met Sharon’s lovely sister and parents, and saw the delightful room where Sharon wrote her novels. Mary Beth showed us around the places Sharon loved. It was bitter-sweet and we were so sad that Sharon had not made it, to share in our dream of meeting up, but we all sensed her presence and felt that somehow she was there with us, sharing our experiences and conversations and helping us make wonderful memories. We went to one of her favourite restaurants, saw the 'spaceship’ at the little town of Mars, where Mary Beth lives with her husband, son and daughter, and visited the peaceful cemetery where Sharon was laid to rest, looking towards the trees and mountains, and the beautiful Church where she used to worship.
After five days in Pennsylvania, Mary and I spent a very relaxing few days at a lovely guest house, called 'Dream Horse' in Ohio, in the heart of Amish country. We’re both horse lovers and the owner of the Guest House breeds Hafflinger horses. We were fascinated to learn she has written a book about the house and its guests, illustrated with the most beautiful photographs and paintings also done by herself. Writers are naturally drawn to each other it seems, because we had no idea when Mary booked our reservation there that we would make yet another writer friend!
My time in the US was wonderful, and something I’ll never forget. I little dreamt when I had my first novel accepted, that it would lead to the trip of a lifetime, across the pond!
About the Author: I live in a small village in England, with my long suffering husband Dave, although my heart remains in my native rural Wales, which inspired so much of my writing. Although most of my stories tend to be futuristic, the worlds I create are usually untainted by crowded cities and technology, embracing the beauty and wildness of nature. My characters often have to fight the elements and the terrain itself. My heroes are strong and courageous, but chivalrous and honourable - and of course, handsome and hunky. My heroines are also strong and courageous, but retain their femininity and charm. However difficult the journey, love will always win in the end.
STARQUEST is the 'book of my heart' to use the old cliche. It is set among the stars I love, and on various imaginary planets, one of which, the icy planet Niflheim, features largely in the sequel CHILDREN OF THE MIST. I fell in love with my characters, and hope you will too. One of them, Kerry Marchant, begged to have his own story - so I'm working on it, and 'Beloved Enemy' will eventually become the third in the trilogy.
DANCING WITH FATE is a fantasy novella, originally written for an anthology about the nine muses, published by The Wild Rose Press. When I regained my rights last year, I revised it and republished it myself, and it is available both as an Ebook and in paperback.
A keen animal lover, I have two horses, a rescued Jack Russell and a 'feral' cat. A horse or two usually manages to creep into my stories. Come, join me in adventures beyond the stars, where new wonders await, or travel back to a time where the world was greener and less frantic, to a time where myths and legends merge and legendary heroes shape the future.
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