I am working on my first novel The Phoenix and the Kingfisher about medieval writer Marguerite Porete.
My novel recreates the story of her life through her own eyes as she writes her memoir in prison. Against the backdrop of Louis IX's crusades, civil war, Philippe le Bel's attack on the Templar Order and the Jewish people, and the controversial religious movement of the beguines, Marguerite lays bare the turmoil and tragedies of her life and loves. She writes to understand, as well as explain to her brother, why she is risking her neck.
I began to write a contemporary short story about a woman who is struggling to grieve because she was not with her mother when she died.
Taking a holiday away from it all in a neglected old vineyard in France, she becomes involved in the relationship between the owner and her estranged daughter. The more she delves, however, the more she realises that nothing is quite as it seems.
The story is lengthening as I write, and is likely to become a short novel or novella.