I'm British but a bit of a wanderer: born in Germany, I've lived and worked in Italy, Holland and East Africa. Everywhere, I've gathered stories and, being a serious bookworm and having always devoured others' books, I've now written two historical romances of my own. In 2018 I signed a two-book deal for two Tuscan novels and in November 2018 "Mavis and Dot" will be published - a departure from histfic into humour. This novella was written in memory of a dear friend who died from ovarian cancer. All profits from this sale will go to cancer research.
In London, I worked for The Times but soon moved to Amsterdam where I was p.a. cum Italian interpreter to a Dutch boss in the construction industry. Then the whole project moved to Sicily,where I met my wonderful half-Italian husband to be. We've moved around for his work and my career came (through choice) second, whilst I brought up our three children. I have always worked part-time - as a FE tutor in Italian, translator and even a B and B landlady. Now that our three seem settled and there are four grandchildren to bring us joy and keep them busy, it is time for me...
We live half the year in remote, "un-Chiantishire" Tuscany where we let out a beautiful restored watermill to holidaymakers from all over the world (more stories) and inbetween tending this business, I can be found exploring the Apennines and scribbling in my notebook. Visit www.ilmulinorofelle.com to see where I live.
Tuscan Roots: A tangle of love and war in the Italian Apennines
In 1943, in occupied Italy, Ines Santini's sheltered existence is
turned upside down when she meets Norman, an escaped British
In 1999, Anna Swilland, their daughter, starts to unravel accounts from diaries left to her after her mother's death. She travels to the breathtakingly beautiful Tuscan Apennines, where the story unfolds.
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Now and Then in Tuscany: Italian journeys
A lovingly researched account about Giuseppe Starnucci, a young
Italian boy, at the start of the twentieth century, as he
journeys on foot with shepherds from his mountain village in the
Tuscan Apennines to the coast. His adventures are tracked by his
great grandson one hundred years later and we learn of present
day problems mirroring those of his ancestors. A story of
hardship, secrets and passion which brings to light the customs
and people of rural Tuscany in a troubled period of history, when
the dominance of Mussolini is always lurking in the background.
The author's writing has been praised as: "a great combination of
a true account and fiction." This is sequel to the author's first
novel, "Tuscan Roots", praised by Julia Gregson for its "vivid,
natural and direct...writing. Moving and interesting with lovely
touches of humour." Both books are stand-alone.