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This is me!

I always have been a storyteller and writer, and now I am a full-time writer!

I was born and brought up in Cambridge; we were a ‘town’ family, not ‘gown.’ When I say I come from Cambridge, many think I must be posh or superior… no, my parents were ordinary working people, as were their parents before them! I spent most of my life in Manchester, a great city which I love to return to.  I now I live in a small Somerset village; we are about 300 yards from the sea, and about three inches above it!

As a teacher I  met  many amazing young people, and had many dedicated and brilliant colleagues. I taught in Manchester, Oldham, and Weston-super-Mare; I taught English as a second language, and then I taught in pupil referral units, for young people not in school … I loved it… but now I work full time as a writer.

WordPress and me

In this blog I write about writing, how I do it, why I do it and what I do; it is for my readers to find out more about me and my work…  But as I’m a writer, I write about other things too… so I write about what I enjoy doing,  reading,  cooking  and food,  pubs and pints, places, music and what I listen to and bands I go to see…

My writing

Writing is my passion and that is what I do every day, from the moment I get up till late at night! I have always written and have nine novels, six of which are published as e-books on Amazon. I’ve also written three  novels to encourage reluctant readers and am working on two new novels. My first ever sequel, to follow my latest published novel, Radwinter, is Magick, and will be published as an e-book on October 14th 2014.

You can find my books here:

My e-books are available on Amazon and you can read them on most e-readers, and iphones or download the Kindle app from Amazon:


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  2. Barbara Backer-Gray

    Hi Lois, thanks for the follow!

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am getting lichen-mania here in Iceland, and besides that, it is a beautiful and inspiring place. Cheers!

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  5. I awarded you! YEs…. again… but then what can you do? :P

  6. Thank you for this beautiful blog!

    Just noticed you visited our travelblog and liked the most recent post! Please feel free to visit the ExpatsBlog and share your comments, your thoughts about our family’s project! Thank you in advance, and wishes for a great week!

  7. Hi Lois,



    Les Bacon
    01444 451233

    Haywards Heath,

    West Sussex

    • Hi Les, I have sent a message to Andrew, and also messaged him on FaceBook… I guess he will be in touch with you tomorrow!

      • Hi Lois,
        Andrew couldn’t wait – he phoned me this morning.
        I suppose there was much to catch-up on in 47 years !

        Many thanks for your intervention.


        Les Bacon

      • great! I spoke to him this morning – he had tried to ring you but you were engaged! Glad you got back in touch!

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  10. Dear Lois,
    I hope you don’t mind that have nominated you and your blog for the Dragon Loyalty Award as a way of thanking you for your lovely blog and for your encouraging comments.
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  11. Congratulations, Lois! I gave you an award nomination on my post for the Most Influential Blogger award! I hope you will check it out, along with the one who nominated me. The rules are on her blog, since I tend to accept the awards by spreading it around (but not posting the rules nor the picture of the award, usually!) Smiles, Robin

  12. Hi Lois, Thanks for the follow. Am enjoying having a look around your blog, you’ve got a wonderful range of stuff! It’s fascinating reading your family history. I hope you achieve your wish to make it to Tassie yourself some day, it’s well worth it. Fiona

    • Just seen your comment, Fiona! Thanks… It is my dream to visit… not just for the family connections but because it looks such an interesting and intriguing place – and it has pick-your-own olives!!

  13. I am delighted to discover your website – we are distantly connected, and I am Sydney Schiff’s second cousin (my mother is a Schiff). I would be interested to make contact as I am writing about the Schiff family – and I live not far away near Exeter.


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