My books

I write for young people and adults - and anyone in between.

The first book is The Lost Orchid, a YA tale of intrigue set against the heady backdrop of so-called 'orchid fever' when wealthy clamoured for ever more exotic blooms, and ruthless dealers despatched their most determined and cunning plant hunters to the furthest reaches of the Empire. You can also check out my blog, Orchidmania, for more amazing tales about the secret life of orchids.

YA fiction beckoned me again. After a visit to Montenegro, I ventured once more into fantasy, and came up with Legends of Liria, a six-part series for younger readers. Set in a dramatic mountainous country, it tells of how two young performance artists use their physical skills and native wit to rescue their homeland from a ruthless invader. Part one is Cloud Pearl. Visit the blog to get a peek of the prologue and chapter one. This is also out on MuseItUp.

Next out was teen fantasy Ice Trekker featuring Midge, a poor Grell, who misses out on his dream of sailing on the royal flagship and ends up working on a little cargo ship with a tight-lipped crew of dodgy characters.

'As war between the Grells and the Minax looms, Midge begins his journey north to Krønagar, as all the while, the icy skies are seething with ill omens. Soon, he and the crew are facing ruthless rivals, foul weather, cranky monsters, sneaky traps, fiendish weapons and dangerously rotten vegetables. Finally, they must face the ferocious allies of the evil Empress Koya herself … Midge has to risk all in a desperate battle of mythical proportions (it’s that’s big) to save his friends, and the future of his beloved Hundland.'

I've also written for adults. Tomorrow's Anecdote is semi-autobiographical newsroom thriller set in the Thatcher years.

Historical drama Dark Interlude, came out on MuseItUp, blending fact with fiction, setting a sweeping romance against the backdrop of a 'revolution that never was'.

In a totally different vein, I also wrote a 1930s film noir-style thriller, Half Life, co-written with my husband Rob Deeth, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry. It is set in a scientific institute north of the Arctic Circle in Norway and is a dark adventure filled with nuclear fission, Northern lights and Nazi spies. This is also on MuseItUp, out in August 2013.

My father was also a writer and I'm proud to have assisted in getting his Cold War thriller, Not With A Whimper, published this year.

What next? Well, if you've enjoyed True Haven, you'll be glad to know I'm working on a sequel. More adventures with the talented and resourceful Miss Claramina Dart. I can't wait.

By Pamela Kelt

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