Friday, 4 October 2013
When Jenna decides on a whim to go to Greece, she’s trying to escape her failing marriage. Will Greg let her go so easily though? Can she make a new future for herself and how did she get involved in an antiques smuggling ring? Is fellow holidaymaker Tom all he seems and will it be happy ever after with Nikos? It’s not until twenty-five years later that some of the questions are finally answered.
Julie Ryan Biography
I was born in a mining village in South Yorkshire and as a young child always seemed to have my head in a book. It shouldn’t have been much of a surprise then when I was told off at school for writing in the style of Enid Blyton as she was my primary influence. My love of reading and writing both stem from that time but in an attempt to broaden my literary horizons I did, albeit somewhat reluctantly at first, start reading books by other authors. As a writer today, I am convinced that what you write is due in no small part to what you enjoy reading. Nowadays I love reading crime, thrillers, historical fiction and novels set in foreign locations.
After leaving school it was time to broaden my horizons geographically although I didn’t go far, choosing to study French Language and Literature at Hull University. I did get to spend a year in the Auvergne region of France though, which helped to improve my cultural, linguistic and culinary sensibilities. After graduating I did a PGCE before more globetrotting. I worked in Greece, Poland and Thailand teaching English as a Foreign Language.
Returning to the UK, I taught French and German in various secondary schools around the country including York, Scarborough, Kent and London. Although I always wanted to write, life seemed to get in the way. Moving house and country about twenty times in twenty years I seemed to be forever packing or unpacking. It wasn’t until I eventually settled in rural Gloucestershire, got married, had a son and worked part time that the creative urge that had been lurking there for years resurfaced. Finally my lovely life has given me time to do all the things I wanted to do. No more excuses. I have finally written my debut novel and am now working on a second one too! Both these books have sprung from ideas that first germinated during my time in Greece but as they say ‘great oaks from little acorns spring’! I only hope that other people enjoy my books as much as I have done writing them. It has certainly been a journey for me as well as my characters.