Fil’s first novel, Guinevere : The Dragon Ring won first prize and a publishing contract in the Dragonblade Publishing competition in July 2021, and is due to be published in January 2022, followed by book two, The Bear’s Heart, and book three, The Sword later in the year. They’re about her favourite subject – Arthurian Britain.
She’s had a varied life which has included working with horses in racing, on a stud and running her own riding school, which comes in handy for writing about the horsey side of her books. She’s also been a civil servant (boring), a rent collector for a housing association (lots of tea and cakes with old ladies), and run a holiday complex in France, where she lived for ten years. When she returned to the UK nine years ago she was fluent in French – but it’s a bit rusty now.
She has late diagnosed Asperger’s Syndrome, as do two of her sons, which explained to her why she was so obsessive about some things – horses and King Arthur. She thinks King Arthur is more of an interesting obsession than her Aspie sons’ loves – the Titanic, and bell ringing. And probably more useful too, now that she has a publishing contract.
She started writing when she was five, and her parents gave her a children’s Petite Typewriter for her birthday. At first she wrote nothing but pony stories, as that was what she read, finishing her first (long, and both handwritten and self-illustrated) novel when she was twelve. She’s been writing on and off ever since – when her horses and her five children have allowed her the time.
Now she has grandchildren, she’s back to writing a few children’s stories and hopes to get them published as well.
She currently lives in a canal boat on the Kennet and Avon Canal, with her husband and rescue dog and cat.