About Me

Author photo PRINTThank you for visiting my website! I write contemporary thriller suspense fiction. Mystical Circles is psychological suspense, and the sequel A Passionate Spirit a paranormal thriller. My third book is a short non-fiction writers’ guide, Perilous Path. I have just completed a YA gothic novel and have started writing the sequel. I’ve also completed a non-fiction book called Spirit of Warwickshire which is currently being considered by The History Press.

I’m also available as a speaker and I give a one hour interactive talk on The Power of Story and The Highs and Lows of the Writing Life. If you’d like to book me to speak to your group, please call me on 07757 222918, or email me at scskillman@outlook.com.

You can order signed copies of all three of my books by using these links below:



A copy of Mystical Circles (Luminarie edition) signed by the author. Retail price: £8.99 plus £3.00 post & packing.




A copy of A Passionate Spirit signed by the author. Retail price: £8.99 plus £3.00 post & packing.




A copy of Perilous Path signed by the author. Retail price: £4.99 plus £1.00 Post & packing.




One copy each of Mystical Circles, A Passionate Spirit and Perilous Path, all signed by the author. Retail price: £22.97 plus £5.00 post & packing.



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As a child I was inspired by Enid Blyton.  I started writing adventure stories at the age of seven; the love of writing that her stories first instilled into me has strengthened over the years.

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I studied English Literature at Lancaster University, and my first permanent job was as a production secretary with the BBC. Later I lived for nearly five years in Australia. I now live in Warwickshire with my husband David, son Jamie and daughter Abigail.

I completed two full-length adult novels before writing Mystical Circles.

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I’ve always been fascinated by the interaction of different complex personalities, an inexhaustible source of inspiration for a writer!

And my advice to anyone who wants to be a writer? Read a lot, listen to people’s conversations, be observant about the details of your world, and especially about human behaviour and interaction, and persist in your writing, being single-minded to the point of obsession…never give up, always believe in yourself despite all evidence to the contrary,(Click to Tweet) and hold out for what you first dreamed of.

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