Ann Marie Thomas
Ann's ambition was to write science fiction, but, fascinated by Swansea Castle and distracted by a major stroke she researched local history, which culminated in the publication of 3 medieval history books. During her stroke recovery she wrote and published a poetry collection. She is still writing science fiction, a series called Flight of the Kestrel, and the first book Intruders is published on 17 April 2016.
The eldest of four children, Ann has been writing poetry and making up stories since she was a child, in London. Her work brought her to Swansea, where she married and settled, having four children of her own. Ann only began to write for publication when her children left home.
Her ambition was to write science fiction, and she has several novels at various stages of completion in a series called Flight of the Kestrel. However, one day she looked up at the ruins of Swansea Castle and wondered what it was like when it was lived in. She Googled it and became fascinated by Gower medieval history. Her research led her to the story of Alina de Breos, but in the middle of assembling Alina's story from multiple sources Ann had a major stroke.
When she came home from hospital, she occupied her time completing Alina's story and learning to self-publish in print and ebook. Her husband contacted the local Art College and they found a talented student, Carrie Francis, who drew the illustrations for the book. Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth was published at Easter 2012, and is the only book about her.
Early retirement from work gave Ann more time to concentrate on her writing. The sales of over 300 copies of Alina in local shops and museums, and at speaking engagements, led to a second local history book, Broken Reed: The Lords of Gower and King John in September 2013. To coincide with the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta she published the The Magna Carta Story at Easter 2015.
When she was in hospital Ann wrote a flood of poetry, about her stroke, her therapy, her faith, and random things like the rain outside the window. She published them as an ebook, My Stroke of Inspiration in August 2015. 22 poems in all: verse, doggerel, and blank verse. The poems talk about suffering and patience, therapy and faith. If you are a stroke survivor or know someone who is, these poems will comfort, encourage and inspire you.
Ann continues to work on her recovery from the stroke, and although she is disabled leads a very busy life. She is very involved in her church and active on social media, including two blogs. She is still writing science fiction and the first book, Intruders, was published in April 2016.
5 Fun Facts You Didn't Know About Me:
1. My Dad worked in the City in London, but as a lowly accounts clerk.
2. I've got medals for ballroom dancing.
3. I'm mad about minions (from Despicable Me).
4. I love dragons, but prefer the friendly ones.
5. I can recite the alphabet backwards.
Books by Ann Marie Thomas
by Ann Marie Thomas, A M Thomas
Tabitha Enns is given work experience on board the Kestrel, on the adventure of her life, that will push her to the limit. When a hostile alien species are discovered, the Kestrel is sent to make contact, but the crew have problems with their friends as well as their enemies. Why did a dying man say, 'butterfly'? Who is the mysterious injured woman, and what is her connection to the hostile aliens threatening the entire galaxy?
Ann had a stroke in work in May 2010. In the long hours in hospital, she began to write poetry on her mobile phone, laboriously one letter at a time. She had written poetry before, but occasionally. Now it poured out of her, 22 poems in all. Verse, doggerel, blank verse. The poems talk about suffering and patience, therapy and faith. If you are a stroke survivor or know someone who is, these poems will comfort, encourage and inspire you.
Did you know King John didn't sign the Magna Carta? He sealed it. Did you know the rebel barons offered the English throne to Prince Louis of France? If John hadn't died, the British Isles might be part of France today. So why is the Great Charter considered to be the dawn of democracy? Find out in The Magna Carta Story, the layman's guide. It contains all the intrigue, tantrums and civil war, what happened afterwards, and why it's so important.
This is real history told in a story-telling style accessible to the layman but academically sound. William de Breos rose to a position of great power and influence as a close confidant of King John, but when his wife revealed John's greatest secret John's revenge was brutal. The fall of the de Breos family was the final spark that lit the fire of Magna Carta and led to the offer of the English crown to the prince of France.
This is real history told in a way accessible to the layman but academically sound. Alina's husband John took control of the Lordship of Gower in south Wales in 1320, in an attempt to secure her inheritance. But her father had sold it to the king's favourite, and the king took it back. The Marcher Barons sided with John and rebelled against the king. It eventually led to the king's downfall, but Alina and John paid a heavy price.