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R B Watkinson

England

I was born in The Netherlands and now live in Devon. I've lived in Africa and the Middle East – where my eldest of three was born. I've visited the Far East and much of Europe and Scandinavia. I've worked in Paris and Copenhagen as well as England.
I was raised on mythologies, legends, and tales from all over the world as my father was a collector of ancestral tales, fairy stories, and creation myths. It's probably why I love fantasy, but I also love science fiction, horror, historical fiction, mysteries, thrillers, crime, etc, etc.
In the past, I've worked as an editorial secretary, in special educational needs teaching, and in publishing. I now run a small-holding, am Co-Chair of a local amateur dramatic group, sing folk music with a local group, and work on the occasional film as an extra.
With the children grown, writing is now my main occupation
I've written (and illustrated) a children's book, a play, screenplays, numerous poems, and short stories. After completing the Diploma in Creative Writing at Oxford University in 2011, after which I signed a three book deal for the Wefan Weaves Trilogy. Book one, The Cracked Amulet, was published in January 2016, and was long-listed for the David Gemmell Morningstar Award. A New York publisher, Essential Audio Books, brought out the audio version in February 2017.
Book two, The Fractured Portal, should be out this year – writing juices willing.
I am lucky to be an author and to do what I love in the comfort of my own home – or any cafe with good coffee, preferably above a book shop. Even though I sometimes write into the small, quiet hours of the night, or am driven from bed before the sun rises by my drill sergeant muse, to create with words the worlds I’ve dreamed of is intoxicating.