I was born in The Netherlands, raised in Hertfordshire, 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, much of Europe, and Scandinavia. I've worked in Paris and Copenhagen, both of which were a blast.
I was raised on mythologies, legends, and tales from all over the world as my professor father, Dr Jan Knappert, was a collector of ancestral tales, fairy stories, and creation myths. How could I not love fantasy as much as I do? However, I also love science fiction, horror, historical fiction, mysteries, thrillers, crime, and so very much more. It is all grist to the mill of creation, is it not?
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 society, sing folk music with a local group, and work on the occasional film as an extra.
With the children grown, writing and narrating audiobooks is now my main occupation, and what great occupations they are - such fun.
I've written (and illustrated) a children's book, a play, screenplays, numerous poems, and short stories. The two published audiobooks I narrated are garnering great reviews. I've many more in the pipeline. 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 released the audio version in February 2017.
Book two, The Fractured Portal, should be out very soon.
I write in the comfort of my own home – or any cafe with good coffee, preferably within 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.
I imagine the same can be said of any writer.
Narrating is exciting too. All those books I get to read, all those voices I get to create, all those performances I get to make. All I can say is that fifteen years of treading the boards as an actor was fairly good grounding for the business of audiobooks.