Viking Voices is not another blood and guts saga.
It is set in the 10th century and is faithful to the main events recorded from that period. There really was a King Ragnald who came from Dublin and became King of both Dublin and York.
History books do not record everything though and so Amleth and Aud are fictional characters who tell us of how it might have felt to be caught up in this complex and dangerous world. They experience life as though it is their real world rather than a historic record.
So they have family issues to resolve with all of the pleasure and pain that goes with it. They experience the feelings of lust, greed and personal ambition, as well as the sensation of fear and despair. They know achievement and they know failure and heart break.
This is 10th century Ireland and Britain, a lawless and threatening place. Amleth and Aud begin their married life as refugees and face a world of ethnic and religious conflict. Perhaps like modern day Iraq or Afghanistan.
They tell us more of how it might have been to be alive then than any history book would dare to!
I have a fascination with history, especially that of Northern England. I live close to the site on the River Ribble where the Cuerdale Hoard was found which inspired me to research the Vikings in England and to write Viking Voices.
I was a Training Manager with a large UK supermarket group, and subsequently a Human Resources Director pursuing a career in international steel trading. This gave me the opportunity to travel in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australasia and North America, and I love to travel. Working in a commercial environment tested strengthened my relationship building and international involvement developed cultural awareness and appreciation of other languages and cultures.
I am an enthusiastic sailor and have visited many of the areas of the Irish Sea described in the book, always arriving under sail in a small boat, mostly in bad weather and admire the skills and the physical endurance of the Vikings.