I am obsessed with whodunnits. Absolutely, unequivocally obsessed with them. Anyone looking at my computer’s search history would swear that I am out to commit the perfect crime. Aha! Only on paper. I delve into the mind of killers by watching shows about true crime and immersing myself in the ever sharp and skilful sleuthing of Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot and one of my favourites, that darling codger, Miss Marple. To temper my addiction, I laugh at British comedies and travel back in time with history documentaries: Cleopatra, Egypt, Troy, Rome, Sparta, Pompeii, Hannibal, Adrian and Jerusalem to name a few.
I have been living in Italy for the last 4 years, a country where the very stones breathe history. Visiting Rome for a milestone birthday, my first visit, I fell in love with the splendour, the genius and the greatness that was once Rome. I had to live in this country, so I packed me, and my rescued pooch Robbi up and took a job teaching English in Sicily. There started a roller coaster adventure and oh, what a thrilling and at times thorny ride!
The sun always shines in Sicily! Cheap food, great shopping, architectural marvels, breathtaking scenery and endless beaches. I loved Siracusa, the ancient home of Archimedes. Where else will you find a crumbling temple dedicated to Zeus in the middle of the town? A cathedral built over the Temple of Athena, the fortress and castle and the Greek temples of Agrigento are all a must see. I highly recommend a visit to the Aeolian Islands, a volcanic archipelago north of Sicily. You will be in paradise! See the eruptions of Stromboli, check out the snorkeling or ride a quad bike on Vulcano. Why not immerse yourself in the mud baths or dash across the hot black sand that hugs the water ad have a cool off? One wonderful addition to my family came by chance in the city of Palermo. A trip to the piazza and there she was. How could I walk away from a tiny puppy, hungry, belly swollen with worms and a patchy skin condition? The big dog with short legs now owns a part of my heart and is princess of the abode.
A year spent in Florence nearly sent me into raptures. I never tired of walking the streets, closing my eyes, and traveling across not only the Ponte Vecchio, but the bridge of time. I could see the Medici, their giornea’s fluttering like the wings of a dove as they hurried along, the monks scurrying to the abbey or cathedral and the smell of roasted chestnuts wafting on the air. What a pleasure and privilege it was to live in this city.
I headed north with a brief stop in Lerici and La Serra. I strolled the sun-drenchedtranquil cove, the Golfo dei Poeti, where Lord Byron and D.H Lawrence had stayed and finished my book while pondering the same beauty that had inspired them. Now, I live on the Italian Riviera near the border of France, where I am completing my second book, Wall of Silence.
I adore writing, something I discovered a passion for late in life and it may be the final chapter in a life lived in pursuit of nurturing a creative spirit.
I hope that you enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoy writing them and that you find refuge in my words at the end of a tiring day.
Thanks for not falling asleep and reading this far!
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