Welcome to the OFFICIAL 'About The Author' page of:
Ann Marie Thomas
Ann’s ambition was to write science fiction, but, fascinated by Swansea Castle and distracted by a major stroke she researched local history, which culminated in the publication of Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth. The success of Alina led to a second local history book, Broken Reed: The Lords of Gower and King John, and then to her new book, The Magna Carta Story. She is still writing science fiction.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The eldest of four children, Ann has been writing poetry and making up stories since she was a child, in London. Her work brought her to Swansea, where she married and settled, having four children of her own. Ann only began to write for publication when her children left home.
Her ambition was to write science fiction, and she has three novels at various stages of completion in a series called Flight of the Kestrel. However, one day she looked up at the ruins of Swansea Castle and wondered what it was like when it was lived in. She Googled it and became fascinated by Gower medieval history. Her research led her to the story of Alina de Breos, but in the middle of assembling Alina’s story from multiple sources Ann had a major stroke.
When she came home from hospital, she occupied her time completing Alina’s story and learning to self-publish in print and ebook. Her husband contacted the local Art College and they found a talented student, Carrie Francis, who drew the illustrations for the book. Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth was published at Easter 2012, and is the only book about her.
Early retirement from work gave Ann more time to concentrate on her writing. The sales of over 300 copies of Alina in local shops and museums, and at speaking engagements, led to a second local history book, Broken Reed: The Lords of Gower and King John in September 2013, and then to The Magna Carta Story at Easter 2015.
Ann continues to work on her recovery from the stroke, and although she is disabled leads a very busy life. She is very involved in her church and active on social media, including two blogs. She is still writing science fiction and has not given up on the hope of seeing it published.
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Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth is an exciting book about some little-known Gower history. What began with a curiosity about the heyday of Swansea Castle, resulted in the only book about the life of Alina de Breos and the part Swansea and Gower played in the toppling of Edward II from the throne. Alina's husband John de Mowbray took control of the Lordship of Gower in 1320, in an attempt to secure her inheritance. But her father had sold it to the king's favourite, and the king took it back. The Marcher Barons sided with de Mowbray and rebelled against the king. It eventually led to the king's downfall, but Alina and John paid a heavy price.
The story of Alina de Breos, a little-known but fascinating figure of Swansea history, whose family was instrumental in the downfall of Edward II and his favourite Hugh le Despenser in 1326. Residents and visitors to Swansea and the Gower Peninsula will enjoy this account, as will anyone who is interested in the intrigue and drama behind historical events. 5*
Unique book that proves sometimes true life is even more interesting than the best fables. Very nice illustrations, easy to read. This book is a delight for boys or girls interested in learning about some very interesting moments in history. It goes to show that sometimes true life and history is even more interesting than tales. 5*