Elements of My Life In The Stonemason’s Secret

Elements of My Life in The Stonemason's Secret with photo of west end of Beverley Minster

Authors often use part of their life experiences in creating their novels. What elements from my life are woven into The Stonemason’s Secret? Quite a lot! This post is an answer to the question posed for the Open Book Blog Hop – what elements from your life are woven into your latest book? All posts … Read more Elements of My Life In The Stonemason’s Secret

Medieval Sites to Visit in Beverley England

Medieval sites to visit in Beverley England with picture of Beverley Minster nave arch and pier

Beverley is a town in East Yorkshire, England. Often overshadowed by York, 30 miles to the northwest, Beverley is home to a number of medieval buildings and sites. Beverley is also 10 miles south of where I lived in England. I visited quite often, volunteering at a charity shop, researching my thesis in the Minster … Read more Medieval Sites to Visit in Beverley England

Medieval Minstrel Carvings in Beverley Minster

Three carvings of medieval minstrels in Beverley Minster playing nakers, harp, and guitar.

The Stonemason’s Secret, my forthcoming novel, follows the adventures of art historian Sarah Walker. While doing research for her dissertation, she discovers mysterious symbols carved on several of the minstrel figures in Beverley Minster. She has to find the clues, figure out how to read them, and recover the powerful Cup of Jamshid before the … Read more Medieval Minstrel Carvings in Beverley Minster

A Year In England – November: Beverley

A Year In England November: Beverley with images of medieval minstrel figures

November 1988 saw me more settled into the house, the village, and England. There were still plenty of new things going on. The first trip to Scotland was a visit to Edinburgh, St. Andrews and Aberdeen. Thanksgiving was the first holiday I celebrated outside the States. It was a bit surreal to realize that for … Read more A Year In England – November: Beverley