Writing the books has given me the chance to do some things I would never have done before – taking part in conventions and giving creative writing workshops in various parts of the country. Through these opportunities I have also met some wonderful people.

The photos in the gallery are of actors James Cosmo (The Chronicles of Narnia and Game of Thrones plus many other films and television programmes).

David Bradley (Argus Filch in the Harry Potter films, Dr Who, Broadchurch and Hot Fuzz (again amongst many other superlative roles in films, TV and stage).  

Chris Rankin is a lovely man and will be recognised as Percy Weasley in the Harry Potter films, but he is also a founder of theatre company, Painted Horse UK and has appeared on television and theatre productions.

Helen Hollick is one of this country’s finest historical novel writers who has also researched and written factual books on pirates. Helen has been a wonderful mentor and friend for many years and I am grateful for her support and guidance. 

Latest news: I will be visiting Somerset early in November to run writing workshops for children at Wookey Hold Caves, near the lovely City of Wells.  While I am there we will be discussing a planned book based on the life of the Witch of Wookey – let’s see if we can bring her to life. Ideas on her background and personality are forming, and a synopsis is being prepared.  I’ll be researching life in the West Country around a thousand years ago and must say I am looking forward to this new challenge.