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 harboured an ambition to write novels all of my life, and now I am giving it all of my attention.
I also have a fascination with history, especially that of my native Northern England, and the West Midlands where I lived for many years. I now live close to the site on the River Ribble where the Cuerdale Hoard was found. This inspired me to research the Viking occupation of Northern England and subsequently to write Viking Voices.
Grammar school educated, I went on to gain a degree in Business Admin from the University of Bath and a post graduate entry to the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development).
I was a Training manager with a large UK supermarket group, and subsequently a Human Resources Director who pursued a career in international steel trading. This gave me the opportunity to travel extensively in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australasia and North America, and developed in me a love of travel.
Working at a high level in a very commercial environment tested and strengthened my relationship building skills and international involvement has developed a cultural awareness and sensitivity and an appreciation of other languages and cultures.
I am an enthusiastic amateur 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. I am therefore an admirer of both the skills and the physical endurance of the Viking sailors.