Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. On here you’ll find me writing about writing and books and waffling about stuff that interests me.
I write steampunk and folklore inspired fantasy. My first novel, Beltane, which was inspired by the folklore of 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 was published in August 2016 and you can find out more about it by clicking here.
I started writing fantasy when I couldn’t find enough books to read that had all of the elements I loved; fantasy, romance and suspense. 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.