I joined the Swansea and District Writers Circle this year while visiting the area as a professor of history on a Leverhulme Trust grant to Swansea University. Everyone has been welcoming and enthusiastic in their critiques, writing, and lectures.
I am working on my latest non-fiction monograph on health in medieval England. I am the author of Care and Custody of the Mentally Ill, Incompetent, and Disabled in Medieval England (Brepols 2013) and the editor of four other books of historical essays, including (with Christina Lee) Trauma in Medieval Society (Brill 2018), (with Sara M. Butler) Medicine and the Law in the Middle Ages (Brill 2014), Medicine in Medieval Law and Custom (Brill 2010) and (with Tory Vandeventer Pearman) The Treatment of Disabled Persons in Medieval Europe (Mellen 2010). I head a publication series at the University of Amsterdam Press, ‘Premodern Health, Disease, and Disability’, and sit on the board of two other series one at Brill, ‘Explorations in Medieval Culture’, and the other at the University of Virginia Press, ‘Peculiar Bodies’.
I also write fiction, as WJ Turner and as Pluma Elliot—my grandmother’s name. I have won several awards for my fantasy, including the best book prize at the Harriet Austin Writers’ Conference. I just finished a new novel and will be looking for a press. At the Sandhills Writers’ Workshop, I have lectured on writing sagas, on drafting novels in seven stages, and on novel-writing generally. Born in Maine and having lived much of my life in California, I now live in Georgia (USA) and work at Augusta University (where the Masters’ Tournament in golf is held with their famous green jackets). I tell people I live on an old farm because out in the country, I am on a perpetual writer’s retreat.