Words and Pictures

I am a writer resident in the UK but originally from Florida.

My second novel, ‘At First Light’, is available to pre-order in the UK.   Inspired by real events, it is an epic love story and unsolved murder, set in 1920s Key West, Florida. This is a companion story to ‘Summertime’ but the books can be read in either order.  It will be published in hardback on 1 June 2017.


I did it.

Key West, Florida, 1993. When a Ku Klux Klan official is shot in broad daylight, all eyes turn to the person holding the gun: a 96-year-old Cuban woman who will say nothing except to admit her guilt.

It was me.

1919 Mixed-race Alicia Cortez arrives in Key West exiled in disgrace from her family in Havana. At the same time, damaged war hero John Morales returns home on the last US troop ship from Europe. As love draws them closer in this time of racial segregation, people are watching including Dwayne Campbell, poised on the brink of manhood, struggling to do what’s right.

And then the Ku Klux Klan comes to town…

It was me. I did it. Here is my story.

Inspired by real events, At First Light weaves together a decades-old grievance and the consequences of a promise at dawn on a dark day in American history.

My novel ‘Under a Dark Summer Sky’ was published in the US by Sourcebooks Landmark on 9th June.  It has been published with the title SUMMERTIME in the UK by Orion on 15th Jan. 2015. Editions have been published in Norway, Italy and Holland, with France and Germany to follow.  All enquiries about other rights should go to Tina Betts at Andrew Mann.

First chapter of the Audiobook

Pinterest board of photos relating to the book

All photographs on this site are my own, please leave a comment if you are interested in reproduction rights.

Note that the book is published in the US with the title, ‘Under a Dark Summer Sky’.

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6 thoughts on “Words and Pictures

  1. Delphine Miller

    Haven’t read your books yet but came across the short story ‘The Long way Home’ in the Sunday Express supplement. Brilliant story, so well written. It hit a nerve. Thank you and please keep up the good work.

  2. Sharon Ciggelakis

    I absolutely adored your book, Under A Dark Summer Sky! My friends and I have put it on our must read list, which interestingly began in Florida. The list goes coast to coast, and with great word of mouth, will become a bestseller for you.
    Congrats on a job well done.

    1. Thanks so much, Sharon, you’ve made my day! I’d be so grateful if you and your friends could review it on Amazon. It’s early days for the book, and I really appreciate the support!

  3. Laura Lizcano

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVED your book, Under a Dark Summer Sky!! I’m anxious to read another!! I too am from Florida, my Dad was in the Air Force, so I was born at Elgin AFB. It’s near Ft Walton/Destin. We actually lived in England, for 3 & a half years. So, as an adult I’m fasinated with anything about England!! AND, I’m moving back to Florida, so this book was awesome to read. I love historical fiction, so thank you again for the great read!! Sincerely, Laura

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