I live in Warwickshire, and I'm the author of three books: two thriller suspense novels 'Mystical Circles' and 'A Passionate Spirit' set in the beautiful Cotswold hills, not far from my present home; and a short non-fiction book, 'Perilous Path: A Writer's Journey' full of insights into the writing life.
I was born and brought up in Orpington, Kent, and have loved writing stories for most of my life. Inspired by the adventure stories of Enid Blyton, I started writing adventure stories at the age of seven.
I studied English Literature at Lancaster University, and my first permanent job was as a production secretary with the BBC. Later I lived for nearly five years in Australia before returning to the UK. I've now settled in Warwick with my husband David, son Jamie and daughter Abigail. Nearby are three of England's most famous destinations: the Royal Shakespeare Theatre at Stratford-upon Avon and the two great castles at Kenilworth and Warwick.
I completed two full-length adult novels before turning to psychological suspense with Mystical Circles. My paranormal thriller, A Passionate Spirit, inspired by Susan Howatch and Barbara Erskine, was published by Matador in November 2015.
I'm currently working on my third novel, a paranormal thriller/gothic novel called Director Cut.
I also post weekly on my personal blog https://scskillman.com/ where I cover subjects such as books & authors I love, people & places of inspiration, dreaming, life, spirituality, thoughts & musings.