I was born in the Lancashire mining town of Leigh, back in the days of black & white TV and when children played out, climbed trees, scuffed their knees and made dens. Enid Blyton was my heroine, and I have often aspired to write an adult version of "the secret seven." Some of us never really grow up... My father died when I was a baby, and so as a child I was raised by my Grandmother Florrie Gibbons. She lived in Howe Bridge near Atherton and was a loving intelligent lady. She was also an avid reader, who went through about 5 books a week. Every night she read to me, and so by the time I started school at 4 years old, I could already read and write. It didn't give me any advantages over the other kids at Pennington school, but none the lass I thank her. With her encouragement, I have been writing books from about the age of 6. These were for my own entertainment and not for public consumption. It has taken me a long time, (and life has a way of creating other priorities to distract us), but eventually I decided I should publish. With a love of history, mythology, theology, genealogy, the paranormal, gothic mansions and anything that involves secret tunnels - I was destined to be a science fiction writer. I like to add authenticity to my books, by using well researched chronicles, and then scattering a thimble full of fairy dust to magic the facts into a story. I hope you enjoy CLARAH - book 3 of the Tamar prophesy series.