Writer, history researcher, biographer

Elizabeth Raffald

September 8, 2014
This subject just keeps getting bigger and bigger!

I think I've finalised my talk about Elizabeth, there was so much to go through it was hard to decide what to include and what to leave out. I'm so grateful to my focus groups who gave me great feedback to knock it into shape. I'm certainly looking forward to writing the novel about her, I think she makes a fantastic subject. What a character. Dignified, ladylike with high bearing but determined, remarkable and enterprising. I wonder how she would have fared in the 21st century? There I go, off on another tangent.

First, the talk, and I give my first one on the first of October - quite a few firsts in that sentence! Still not as many as Elizabeth managed though. Her story has really inspired me although there is such a lot more research to do. I want to know more about her early life in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, someone, somewhere must know where she spent her early years of domestic service. I was lucky that Arley Hall kept meticulous records of the time and they have a lot of information, but I'm hoping there is a similar system in the houses across the Pennines. First I have to pinpoint where she was, I mean, how many country houses and fine families could there have been in the mid 18th century? I think this calls for a venture into white rose country... I hope the natives are friendly.
 

A New Direction

August 2, 2014
Unusual as it is to be torn away from writing about the Caribbean, I have been totally gripped by the story of a woman who lived in Manchester over 200 years ago. A series of synchronicities has led me along a trail to find out more about a woman who was a powerhouse of ingenuity and hard work. She was an entrepreneur with style at a time when women had no legal rights, so despite being in business all her married life, when she died they had so much debt that her name isn't even engraved on ...
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Time flies when you're busy

July 21, 2014
I can't believe how fast this year is running away, I suppose it's a sign of age but I haven't been letting the grass grow, far from it. I am currently editing a whodunnit that I wrote last year, writing a Caribbean set farce inspired by friends I visited early this year,and researching a real character from Manchester's history who deserves to have her name in lights. I'm not sure I can do that but I'll give it a good shot and I'm planning on branching out to give talks about her to groups i...
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Chaos unleashed

April 13, 2014

Well, the book of Call Centre Chaos has finally been unleashed on Amazon as an ebook! Yes, I finally finished the editing and formatting and the book is now available to buy and download, still for less than the price of a coffee. Get it here.


 Matt can finally spring into action and everyone can now read his adventures with Mina, the would-be girlfriend, and the troublesome Krystal, who manages to get them all into a terrible mess. No-one expects the Vikings to come to their rescue but with h...


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New book coming soon!

March 23, 2014

OMG! I can’t believe how long it’s been since I updated my website! I’ve been so busy working on my next couple of novels that I’ve just gone to ground. One book is due out imminently, in fact, I should be working on that rather than this but ‘that’ means editing, and ‘this’ is a chat with a friend so it’s no contest really, is it?

So, have you missed me? It seems like ages since I put anything out but I suppose that’s ‘cos I’ve been working on two novels at once. And...


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Two events! I'm taking part in the Heatons Arts trail!!!

July 2, 2013
Saturday 27th July
Event 1 - 10am-12pm 
Fancy finding out how to turn your dusty manuscript into a real book?  Or have an idea for a story you want to write? Don't wait to be discovered,  come to the Heatons Library between 10am and 12pm for a session on self publishing. I'll give a short introduction about myself, telling you about the processes I undertook to turn my Word documents into books, and passing on some of the tips that I learnt as I set up my 3 novels, and most recently, a book ab...

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Update

March 31, 2013
Well sorry it's been so long since my last post, but I'm still here, still writing but have had a bit of a lull since last year. After putting out the three books so fast I think my brain needed a break. I have written a new novel, with new characters in it, based on a call centre, but I'm not strictly happy with its plot at the moment. Halfway through the first edit and I find I'm wanting to rip it apart and start again. There's definitely the making of a good novel in there but it maybe tha...
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Book 3 - House of Sunshine

August 29, 2012
My trilogy is now complete, and is completely different to that OTHER trilogy, you know, the really successful one - ooh wouldn't it be nice if mine was too? Well, it would be for me.

The story picks up in America and has a few twists and turns as Sharon wrestles with the everyday problems of living with Tom full time. With a clutch of yellow robed monks, a couple of homeless kids and a bright yellow house Sharon has to make some decisions that will affect everyone around her.

I enjoyed writing...
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Good Men and Mavericks available in print

April 24, 2012
The book is now available at The Bay Tree in Heaton Moor for the very reasonable price of £7.99.  If you're not sure where the Bay Tree is, it's on the parade of shops between Kro bar and the Co-op, just round the corner from Shaw Road.  And if you don't know where Shaw Road is then I guess you don't know Heaton Moor!  It's a lovely shop, full of a wide selection of gift ideas and really nice things, including now, of course, my book!  So far I've had two people read it within 24 hours so it...
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The sequel is ready!

February 17, 2012
The second novel in the series is now out on Amazon as an ebook.  It is called Good Men and Mavericks and follows what Sharon did next.  She has been left high and dry at the house on the Isle of Man but has been employed by the new tenant as general dogsbody.  So although she gets to stay in her favourite house it is not on very good terms.  Too soon the situation explodes and she storms out, heading to her friend Ronnie's back in Manchester.  Before she gets there however she gets a couple ...
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