A lifelong seeker of meaning and truth, I practise yoga and meditation whenever possible, in the hope of eventually getting them right!
Longer ago than I care to remember, I began teaching EFL (English as a Foreign Language), which led to writing plays for language learners and an MA in Applied Linguistics. In tandem with this, I explored an interest in healing, even considering life as a Reiki practitioner but, instead, switched to writing novels and produced the Pandora Trilogy. Just like that!
Actually, it was quite hard work. Composing a work of fiction is by no means a walk in the park. It’s more like embarking on a pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago (the whole 500 miles).
I’m looking forward to the debut in October 2019 of novel four, Temple of Dreams, which is partly set in ancient Greece. Its underlying theme is a custom known as ‘temple sleep’, when those looking for physical and/or spiritual healing slept overnight in a temple sanctuary, known as an Asklepion, after Asklepios, Greek god of healing.
In the book, recently-orphaned Sebastian is a student of natural medicine at a college which boasts a replica sanctuary. He spends a night there and dreams of Apollos, a young Athenian defeated in a martial arts contest, suffering memory loss as a result. I won’t go on, as I don’t want to spoil it for you.
In the meantime, I must press forward with novel five. I’ve got as far as looking into yet another method of planning and writing a novel. But I’ll probably do as I always do: a little light planning followed by a lot of making it up as I go along. And in the case of Temple of Dreams, quite a lot of research. To each his (or her) own, I say.
Thanks for visiting my virtual home. I can’t offer you a cup of tea, but if you fancy a quick read, click over to JOTTINGS where you can browse random stories I’ve turned out when I should have been persevering with whichever ‘novel in progress’ was refusing to progress, at the time!