Cultural historian writing about women, religion and psychology.
I am passionate about telling the real life stories of forgotten and marginalised people. My recent book A History of Women in Medicine revealed the ancient female healers who were demonised as witches and wiped from the historic record. My previous book, Old English Medical Remedies, dealt with the culture and landscape which fostered the seeds of such discrimination.
Themes of abuse and power always find a way into my books. Being a survivor of child-abuse and growing up in children's homes and foster homes, it makes sense to me to explore how people are shaped by circumstances beyond their control, also, how these experiences shape our future expectations. Would I have been victimised by a cult in my twenties, or have welcomed into my life a friend harbouring murderous intentions towards me had I not been tortured as a child? I delve into the lives and history of others to answer questions waiting poignantly within my own soul, where I can explore those moments, when a choice is made between light and dark.
Perhaps I will write my own story one day...