Elizabeth hails from West Cumbria in the UK. She was a voracious reader from a very young age but only started writing seriously in 2012 after a friend offered some encouragement. She lives in South Warwickshire with two crazy cats for company.
I've always been fascinated by other people. I'm always curious to know what has happened in their lives, how they came to be the people they are, and why they make the decisions they do.
Perhaps this is why I enjoy going to restaurants alone. I can sit with my notebook making observations about the characters around me without upsetting anyone. (This also has the useful side-effect of making the staff think I'm some kind of restaurant critic, thereby securing excellent service in many establishments!)
At almost every visit there will be one person who stands out. Perhaps somebody will be arguing with a member of staff over the quality of food or service. Perhaps there will be a romantic couple in the corner, whispering sweet nothings to each other. Maybe somebody is wearing particularly unusual clothes or has distinctive features. It is my observations of these people that find their way into my stories as characters.
But, what of the stories themselves? I have lost count of the number of times someone has said to me, 'I have an idea for a book. . .' The urge to scream, 'Well, write it, then!' back at these poor souls is often overwhelming. This comment is frustrating for many reasons, but perhaps mostly because it implies I may be running short of my own ideas. Nothing could be further from the truth.
As a teenager, reading what was then described as New Age literature, I trained myself to remember large parts of my dreams. As a result, I now have dozens of notebooks crammed with the most surreal and bizarre scenarios you could possibly imagine.
So, the problem is now one of choosing which ideas to bring to life as a written project. Invariably, it's not one of my dream sequences, although I do sometimes use elements of them as plot points later on. No, it's the things I am drawn to in the waking world that grab my attention. Those are the ones that make it.
My latest novel came into being after a visit to my local library. I was browsing through the fiction and local history when I happened upon a tiny volume about the history of the village I moved to a few years ago. I got distracted reading a single paragraph about how one of the earliest Quakers in the village was turned in to the authorities by an informer, way back in the late seventeenth century. I was immediately hooked!
At the time, I was halfway through writing the first novel in the series, Siren Spirit, and at the back of my mind I knew I didn't have the time to write another novel in parallel. So, I photocopied the relevant page and took it home, filing it away in the To-Do pile to gather dust until I was ready. The idea for A Friend in Need was born.
I have another writing project for the short-term future, the idea for which came about during a wine-tasting excursion in Umbria, central Italy, in July 2017. After our host, Lorenzo, had guided us through the dusty medieval cellars, we arrived at the castle's Great Hall and he told us of Beata (Blessed) Angelina di Marsciano, a fourteenth century nun and daughter of the Duke of Marsciano. That evening, I tried to find out more about this fascinating lady but found little information on the internet. Well then, I thought, I shall have to write her story myself. If nothing else, it's a great excuse to go back to Umbria and drink more wine!
From Monday 30th April to Friday, 4th May
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