I was born and brought up in Somerset, England, and my writing draws heavily from the wellspring of history and legend in that county.
Beowulf, the Norse sagas, the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, as well as Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Kevin Crossley-Holland, Ursula K. Le Guin & J.R.R. Tolkien have also had a great influence on my writing.
My aim is to write in a broadly "high fantasy" tradition, but to make my stories and characters as real and human as possible, without, I hope, sacrificing any of the excitement one would expect from the genre.
The Witch of Glenaster
Esther Lanark lives in the shadow of the White Mountain, high on the slopes above the River Anvil, in the southern regions of the known world. Her life is a hard but happy one, but everywhere the shadow of the Witch of Glenaster is spreading across the land, and when their village is destroyed by fire drakes, Esther and her brother Magnus must journey to the far north, encountering swordsmen, wraiths, strange cults, and man-eating insects, in a desperate and increasingly dangerous quest to kill the Witch, and take their revenge.