Ann Marie Thomas
Writing poetry and making up stories since I was a child, I only began to write for publication when my children left home. My ambition was to write science fiction, but, fascinated by Swansea Castle and distracted by a major stroke I researched local history, an interest that culminated in the publication of my first book Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth, a local history book told as a story, at Easter 2012. Early retirement gave me more time to concentrate on my writing.
The sales of over 300 copies of Alina in local shops and museums, and at speaking engagements, led to a second local history book, Broken Reed: The Lords of Gower and King John in September 2013, and then to The Magna Carta Story: The Layman’s Guide to Magna Carta at Easter 2015. The latest book, Medieval Gower Stories, is a collection of ten other stories I found in my research, published in October 2017.
During my stroke recovery I wrote poetry, which I published as My Stroke of Inspiration in August 2015, a surprisingly cheerful collection. I am still writing science fiction, a series called Flight of the Kestrel, and the first book Intruders was published in April 2016. The second, Alien Secrets, was published in October 2018. The series continues…