About me

Alys West

Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog.  On here you’ll find me writing about writing, books and waffling about stuff that interests me.

I write steampunk and urban fantasy. My urban fantasy novel, Beltane, which is set in Glastonbury, is now available on Amazon  by clicking here.  Beltane is the first of The Spellworker Chronicles novels. I’m currently working on the second book in the series, Storm Witch, which is set in Orkney.

My steampunk romance called The Dirigible King’s Daughter will be published on 12th August and you can find out more about it by clicking here.

I started writing when I couldn’t find enough books to read that had all of the elements I loved; fantasy, romance and suspense, although my love of Buffy the Vampire Slayer may have had something to do with it too. Writing steampunk was a natural development from my obsession with tea. How could I not write in a genre where the characters shared my belief that 90% of the world’s wrongs can be solved with a nice cup of tea? It also gave me a great excuse to spend my time looking at Victorian fashions and call it research.

I’m doing a MA in Creative Writing at York St John University and also teach creative writing for Converge, an arts project for people with mental health issues.

When I’m not writing you can find me at folk gigs, doing yoga and attempting to crochet.  I intermittently tweet at @alyswestyork and spend rather too much time on Facebook where you can find me at Alys West Writer.


7 Comments Add yours

  1. I love Orkney, it’s a magical place. I look forward to hearing your stories about it.

    1. Alys West says:

      Hi Liz
      Thanks for stopping by my blog and for leaving a comment. Orkney is really special, isn’t it? Have you visited many times? I’m really looking forward to going back next summer but until then I’ve just got to be happy writing about it.
      All the best Alys x

      1. I’ve been four times, three were on a school trip and once with my husband. I miss my visits there!

  2. siobhandaiko says:

    Lovely to meet you, Alys. Warm wishes for your writing, S x

  3. woodbeez48 says:

    Thanks for finding and following my blog, Alys. Nice to ‘meet’ you:)

    1. Alys West says:

      Nice to meet you too Julie. Hope things are going well with your novel. We should have you on the Write Romantics blog sometime:-)

      1. woodbeez48 says:

        That would be lovely, thank you:) Looks like you’re working on your second book too? I’ve only just finished the first draft though so a long way to go!

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