I grew up in the Welsh Valleys in a tiny house full of stories, magic and pets. I adore animals, nature and all things spiritual, and I frequently combine all three in my writing.
I’m a sustainability advisor by profession, specialising in communication, so my writing is heavily influenced by my desire to protect the natural world and encourage others to do the same.
I live in Berkshire with my lovely husband, and, until recently, two elderly dogs and a geriatric black cat. Sadly, we’re down to just one fur baby now, our Mini Schnauzer (aka, Little Bear). When I’m not working, writing, or pandering to the needs of our furry tyrant, I’m usually to be found faffing about in the garden, spying on our visiting hedgehogs or coddling my dozens of house plants.
My writing journey
Ethereal began as a short story for a creative writing evening class in Windsor, way back in 2009. It was called ‘The latecomer’ and was my first introduction to Storm, the ex-witch and medium who had mysteriously lost her magic and her connection to spirit.
I’ve written many short stories over the years, but this one not only stayed with me, it grew, character by character, into what I believed could be a novel. I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember, but like a lot of people, I let life and work get between me and my dream.
That all changed when life threw me a bucket full of lemons a few years ago. Traumatised and thoroughly battered by the experiences, I eventually decided that dreams were way too precious to postpone. I had no idea if I could even finish writing a whole novel, but succeed or fail, I knew I had to at least try. I stopped making excuses, sat my bum in my chair and finished the manuscript. The First Ethereal is the result. I hope you like it.
I absolutely loved this book…and lost most of a day to it as I could not put it down.
– J.E. Kennedy
Beautifully told, The First Ethereal will stay with you for a long time.
– Mz. Wossy
I’m struggling to put into words how much I loved this book!