I was born in Gloucestershire, England and later moved to London where I grew up surrounded by books, paintings and antiques. My Scottish father was an artist and playwright, my Australian mother was a teacher, and my elder sister was a successful author first published at age 16. The classic Victorian author Mrs Elizabeth Gaskell was a great, g.... more
I was born in Gloucestershire, England and later moved to London where I grew up surrounded by books, paintings and antiques. My Scottish father was an artist and playwright, my Australian mother was a teacher, and my elder sister was a successful author first published at age 16. The classic Victorian author Mrs Elizabeth Gaskell was a great, great, great aunt, we were a bookish family. When birthdays came around, no one was asked what they wanted. As a child I never owned a bike or scooter, the question was simply, “Which book do you want this year?” My most treasured possessions are still my books; literary,illustrated (I adore Rackham and Dulac illustrations), fiction and non-fiction, I love them all. So perhaps writing was in my genes.
I now live in Australia in a semi-rural area of exceptional beauty, watching the amazing birds and wildlife, while writing full length novels.
My passion is for late English medieval history and this forms the background for my historical fiction. I also have a love of fantasy and the wild freedom of the imagination, with its haunting threads of sadness and evil. Although all my books have romantic undertones, I would not class them purely as romances. Although we all wish to enjoy some romance in our lives, there is also a yearning for adventure, mystery, suspense and experience. My books include all of this and more, but my greatest loves are the beauty of the written word, and the utter fascination of good characterisation. Bringing my characters to life and taking the reader with me, is my principal aim.
I am now self publishing my books, as I found that traditional publishing is not what it used to be. I now have total contol over content, covers and titles. With advice from my lovely agent Sheila Drummond, we have hopefully everything covered.
Barbara Gaskell Denvil's Projects
A White Horizon: Epic Norse fantasy (Stars and A Wind Book 1)
An epic Fantasy like no other. The tale of Skarga takes you to another time and place where things a... more
Between: Many crimes go misunderstood and unpunished. But not forever.
This is a unique suspense novel, and the twists are not as you would expect
. Many crimes go misund... more
The battle is over. Jack scrambles from the wreckage, to find himself still alive although his frien... more
The Flame Eater: Murder, Mystery and suspense in the 15th century
Nicholas, now heir to the earldom, has no desire to marry his dead brother’s cast-off mistress. And ... more