I am an author, researcher and freelance journalist, but my first love has always been fiction.
Discover Cornwall, my first book of Cornish walks, was published by Sigma Press, July 2012. Walks in the Footsteps of Cornish Writers was published in July 2015, Walks in the Footsteps of Poldark was published in July 2016, Walks in the Footsteps of Daphne du Maurier was published in April 2018 and Walks in the Footsteps of Rosamunde Pilcher was published in spring 2019.
I’ve always been a late developer – I didn’t marry till I was in my early 40s. I’ve always written, but earning a living kept getting in the way of earning money from my writing, so I didn’t become a journalist until the age of 50 after I’d achieved a Diploma with Distinction in Freelance and Feature Writing from the London School of Journalism.
Research plays a big part in all my books. Therefore I use these skills in my work as a freelance researcher.
Please contact me if you are in need of a reliable and methodical researcher.
I’ve always loved walking but it wasn’t until the arrival of my terrier Mollie that I began to venture further afield. And when I started writing walks for Cornwall Today in 2008, this provided an incentive to explore Cornwall more thoroughly.
My walks began to take on a life and style of their own. “They’re like a personal letter,” said Linda Spiller. “I feel like you’re talking to me as I read them, and I can see Mollie running, smell the honeysuckle and hear the rumble of the sea as I read.”
As the walks accumulated, it became apparent that all kinds of people enjoyed reading them – not just walkers – so I decided to try and sell the idea of a walks book. As any writer knows, this is not easy. It took years, and wasn’t until several weeks after my husband died that I finally got an offer of publication from Sigma Press.
I signed that contract in amazement, not really believing that a book would actually come out of it. But at last it came along – and you can buy a copy from Sigma Press, Amazon, and many other retailers online as well as most Waterstones and many other outlets in Cornwall.
Since then I have continued to write more books on Cornish walks which involves getting lost, soaked, frozen and sunburnt with Molls and a selection of friends. Walking not only keeps you fit but provides endless hours of amusement, arguments and much needed food and drink. I hope that anyone reading my books enjoys the walks even half as much as we have.
I have appeared at Penzance Literary Festival, Looe Literary Festival, The Great Estate and other events, giving talks on my work.
I have spoken about how I came to write walks, accompanied by a presentation with photographs I have taken along the way. I have visited many organisations including:- The Women’s Institute, WEA, U3A, various Ladies clubs, Mylor Yacht Club, the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club, Cancer Macmillan, Fal River Festival, and groups at various hotels.
In August 2021 I took part in Fern Britton’s My Cornwall, on horseback, discussing Cornish literary inspirations. This was the first time I’d ridden in over 40 years so it was quite a challenge!
I have also been interviewed by Radio Four’s Woman’s Hour discussing anorexia, and have taken part in a TV programme debating famous Westcountry authors. I am regularly interviewed by BBC Radio Cornwall and CHBN Radio about my books.
Please get in touch if you would like a speaker. I would be happy to provide what I hope is a fun and interesting hour, with a few laughs thrown in and some good photography of Cornwall, and, of course, my dogs.
If you would like us to give a talk, please click on Contact
Any other events or book signings will be on my facebook page.