April Taylor

Hi, I've been a Hornsea Writer for 14 years and it was the luckiest day of my life when the group decided I could join them.

In the world of work, I've been a librarian in various establishments, including prison and public libraries in the UK. I left my final day job, as R&D Information Manager for a global pharmaceutical company, retiring early to devote my time to writing. I now have about 14 titles published.

I was born in the heart of the English county of Lincolnshire, the location of the most dangerous revolt against Henry VIII in 1536. I've written stories since I was a small child, but at the age of 14 I caught the Tudor bug and it has never left me.

My love of history and crime, mixed with magic led to the creation of Luke Ballard, apothecary and elemancer at the Tudor Hampton Court Palace. The Tudor Enigma trilogy was published by Harlequin/Carina Press in 2014/2015.

My contemporary detective follows another of my passions, music. Georgia Pattison is an early-music soprano. She now features in two novellas and two full-length mysteries.

My standalone books include a Sherlock Holmes pastiche, Sherlock Holmes and the Oakwood Grange Affair and a crime story set near where I live The Angel Killer.

Distant Shadows, a story set at the time of the 1953 coronation, but with its origins in the Special Operations Executive of WW2 was published in autumn 2021 and Loyalty in Conflict, a Gideon Rooke adventure set in 1470 during the Wars of the Roses was published before Christmas.

In the summer of 2021, Pen and Sword Publishing commissioned me to write a non-fiction book about crime and punishment in Tudor England and for the forthcoming 8 months, all my energies will be concentrated on this project.

In 2019, I moved to live amid the stunning scenery of Redcar and Cleveland in the UK. Away from my desk, I enjoy playing the piano, singing, walking my gorgeous golden retriever and pottering in the garden.

You can find out more about me and my books here:

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