Mauve Square Publishing
Mauve Square is a small independent publishing group, producing quality fiction for all age groups, and I am proud to be one of its authors.
This month I've been invited to write a guest blog for the Mauve Square website.
What an exciting time it’s been for me since joining Mauve Square Publishing almost a year ago! My first four books, from the sixteen time-travel adventures which will make up the SHADOWS FROM THE PAST series, have already been published and it is such a thrill to see my stories in print.
My most recent book, The Shadow of the Pyramid, which is set during the reign of the pharaoh Tutankhamun, is now available on Kindle and in paperback. Having recently completed number six in the series, The Shadow of Camelot, I’ve now started work on the next adventure, which sees my intrepid young travellers transported back to 1066 to face the threat of the Norman invasion.
When I first decided to embark upon creating the SHADOWS series, the whole idea seemed to pop into my head fully-formed and I just knew what I was going to write about; I haven’t a clue where the inspiration came from, apart from the names of my characters. One of my hobbies is genealogy – researching my family history – and when I found my five times great-grandmother was called Jemima Lancelot, I decided I would have to use her wonderful name, if ever I wrote a book … and so the Lancelot twins were born. In fact, all the names of the modern characters in my stories are borrowed from my family tree.
I simply can’t mention the characters from my books without talking about the most important one of all – well, in my opinion at least! I’m referring, of course, to the comical, but adorable Max. For those of you who haven’t read any of the stories, Max is a cat, but no ordinary cat; a rather large lilac Tonkinese, to be precise. What makes him extra-special is his ability to talk, thanks to a magic charm he wears on his collar. (If you want to know how he came to acquire this charm, you’ll just have to read the first adventure, The Shadow of Atlantis) I didn’t have to look very far for my inspiration for Max, as he’s based on my very own large lilac Tonkinese – the only difference between them is that my cat can’t speak … or maybe he just hasn’t let on that he can! Perhaps I’ll have to attach a golden owl charm to his collar and see what happens …
As a former teacher, I’m delighted to see how many youngsters still enjoy books these days and I firmly believe a love of reading is one of the most precious gifts we can pass on to children. As I take my young readers on a magical mystery tour through the past, I’m also hoping that my love of history, myth and legend will rub off on them too. Personally, I’m enjoying the journey so much, I don’t ever want it to end! Why not come along with me for the ride?
With very best wishes,