In retrospect, I guess being brought up on the Isle of Wight, a stone's throw from
Osbourne House, Queen Victoria's Island retreat, accounts for my abiding love of
history and the fact that I instinctively started making up stories featuring
people a long time dead when I was still a small child. We have Carisbrooke Castle
too, where Charles 1 was held prior to his execution, plus Roman ruins and all sorts
of other interesting castles and stately homes dating back hundreds of years. I
suppose I must have absorbed the historical vibes through osmosis and certainly
didn't think there was anything strange about living this fantasy world inside my
head. Everyone does that, don't they?
Nowadays I'm very much a nomad, My husband Andre and I live in Andorra but
also spend time on the Costa Blanca in Spain and in Florida. Jake Bentley, a
rescued dog of indeterminate pedigree, condescends to share our lives. Perhaps
my lifestyle explains why, having had five historical romances published by Robert
Hale in England, I'm now focusing entirely on e-publishing. Ebooks are increasing in popularity at an astonishing rate and focusing on that market means I can write wherever I happen to be in the world, doing all my promotion on line. An innovation made in heaven for this particular gipsy writer.
My alter-ego, W. Soliman, writes marine crime mysteries. Andre and I have had boats, (with motors, not sails, I hasten to add!), and...well, you know what they say, write about what you know. I've spent hours at sea, staring at the wide expanses of ocean, and at other passing boats, all the time wondering, what if?
My series of marine mysteries, The Hunter Files, kicks off in October with Unfinished Business from Carina Press. Pop over to my W. Soliman website by clicking the button at the top right hand corner of this screen and find out more about that, and other titles under that banner.
Whichever of my books you decide to read, I do hope you enjoy them. Please contact me and let me know what you think. I'd love to hear from you.