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I was born in the north west of England in a town called Northwich, which is between Manchester and Chester.
I was educated at Northwich Grammar School for Girls, which was a selective school. It has now become a comprehensive school and takes in all ability levels and both sexes. From here I went to Elizabeth Gaskell College in Manchester to do teacher training where I studied Science as a main subject and Maths and English as subsidiary.
After finishing my training I taught in several places. I began in Salford, near Manchester, then taught in Lancashire, Hampshire (south of England) and Croydon (a London borough)
I am married with 2 children, a girl and a boy, and 3 grandchildren, 2 boys and a girl. I like to spend time with them as they are great fun. I also enjoy a variety of crafts (cross-stitch, card making, tatting, crochet, knitting etc) and I paint as well as write. I enjoy gardening too and walking, cycling and kayaking.
I am now retired and live in East Sussex with my husband.
WHY I WRITE
I can remember writing a story about a dog when I was quite small. I know I was small because I spelled ‘of’ as ‘ov’ all the way through.
Later, at school, I enjoyed writing stories. I remember that I once wrote a story of 20 pages in my exercise book. I enjoyed doing it. I have no idea how my teacher enjoyed marking it, though!
Later, in my teens. I wrote a ‘book’. It was a romantic story about a group of girls going on holiday to Italy and meeting a group of Italian boys.
I trained as a teacher in Manchester, and while on my second teaching practice, I was teaching a class of 9 year olds. At the end of one lesson, a boy, with the wonderful name of Fred Spittal, came up to me with a book in his hand.
‘Have you ever read this, Miss?’ he asked.
I replied that I hadn’t. The book in question was one of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
‘Well.’ said Fred. ‘you should. It’s very good, but you ought to read The Hobbit first.
A few weeks later I saw The Hobbit on a shelf in the college library and got it out. I was immediately hooked. I read the Lord of the Rings trilogy, then the C.S.Lewis books. There was little else in fantasy at that time though.
Many years later I joined a game of Dungeons and Dragons with several other members of staff. I created a scenario that I called The Hunt for Sauvern’s Sword.
During the summer one year I decided to turn this scenario into a book. I wrote during the holidays between exam marking and lesson planning. When I retired I found the time to finish it.
I don’t think that many of my players would recognise it now. When writing it, it took on a life of its own, and the characters had quite a lot to say in its developmenterhaps non-authors will wonder about that. Characters can suddenly say or do something that you had not planned. This certainly happened a number of times, especially a revelation made by my young thief! I believe that Tolkein had no intention of putting Boromir’s brother in The Lord of the Rings, but he ‘came wandering out of the forest of Illian.’
What was intended to be a single book has now morphed into several under the title of The Wolves of Vimar. The first two are available from Amazon, (The Wolf Pack and The Never-Dying Man.) The third will be published, I hope, early next year. I am also working on a novel based in Roman Britain and I have a recipe book in print too.
THE WOLF PAK
An ancient, mysterious prophecy turns up in an old book. This leads apprentice mage, Carthinal, to a search for a long, lost artefact. He and his seven companions all meet, seemingly by chance, but there are hints that maybe the gods themselves are taking a hand in the quest.
All the characters have had to make life-changing decisions to bring them to where they are now, and during the quest they need to face their innermost fears and overcome them. There are dangers and surprises awaiting them before they attain their objective and return home, and an implacable foe searches for them.
They will find love and tragedy in equal measure, and none of them returns home unchanged.
The Wolves of Vimar
The Wolf Pack.
Carthinal is a half-elf apprentice mage looking forward to taking his tests to end his apprenticeship when he finds a mysterious prophecy in an old book.
On the way to Hambara to take these tests the caravan that he is travelling with is swept away by an unseasonal flood on the ford across the river Brundella. Only Carthinal, his master, Mabryl and a young elven cleric manage to get to the far bank, but Mabryl is seriously hurt and the elf, called Asphodel, is inexperienced in healing and can do little for him.
Using a travois that Carthinal built, the three set off to try to reach Hambara in order to get help for Mabryl at the temple of Sylissa, but unfortunately the mage dies en route.
The pair meet with a dwarf, Basalt, and a ranger, Fero, on the way and the three of them arrive in Hambara, but not without trouble on the way.
Meanwhile, a young Horselord couple have eloped from over the Western Mountains and have come to Hambara to find work. They meet up with the four travellers and the group is given the task of finding a long lost magical sword that belonged to the legendary king, Sauvern.
Carthinal takes his tests and passes them with flying colours, but Asphodel falls foul of the Great Father, leader of the temple of Sylissa in Hambara and is expelled. The friends decide to accept the quest and begin to do research.
The quest leads them to almost certain death in the snows of the mountains and they find help in the most unexpected places. They find the sword and defeat its guardians and set off home. But they cannot return the way they came and so must travel through the land of Erian. They are captured, but manage to escape with unusual help.
On returning to Hambara they have some surprises waiting for them.
They meet with tragedy and love in equal measure and all faced their worst fears They are all changed in some way by their experiences.
Books 1 and 2 can be purchased from /www.amazon.com/, and /www.amazon.co.uk
You can find out about me on my blog. /http://aspholessaria.blogspot.co.uk/ or on my website /http://vmsang.moonfruit.com/