About Me

Author photo PRINTThank you for visiting my website! I live in Warwickshire and write psychological, paranormal and mystery fiction and non-fiction.

I am the author of Mystical Circles, A Passionate Spirit and Perilous Path. My next book Paranormal Warwickshire will be published by Amberley Publishing in June 2020.

I’m also a public speaker, and I give author talks and creative writing workshops to groups. Please contact me if you’d like me to speak for your group. 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.

My first two novels,  Mystical Circles  and A Passionate Spirit  are both set in the same mysterious English manor house in the heart of England – the beautiful Cotswold hills.  Mystical Circles begins, and A Passionate Spirit continues, the story of the two sisters Juliet and Zoe. There in that mysterious manor house, gothic goings-on, paranormal events and ghostly tales are never far away.

I’ve set these two books in contemporary times, not far from my present home. But my new work-in-progress, a gothic series starring teen rebel and musical genius Dylan Rafferty, will be set in different English locations; so far, London and Oxford. I’ve just completed Director’s Cut and have written the first draft of the second in the series, Standing Ovation.

I’ve also put together a self-help book for aspiring writers: Perilous Path, a writer’s journey Want to know how to write a novel? Or perhaps you’re writing a novel right now and could do with some encouragement, friendly tips and motivation to keep going. And while you’re after that, how about discovering more about some of your favourite writers, their lives and works? Inside this self-help book Perilous Path, you’ll find nuggets and insights about such famous authors as JRR Tolkien, Jane Austen and George Orwell as well as unexpected help from people as diverse as Carl Jung,  Ernest Hemingway and David Hockney.

And my upcoming book, Paranormal Warwickshire, will investigate the rich supernatural heritage of this county at the heart of England, as befits  the county of Shakespeare and the many ghosts and spirits he conjured up in his works.

I was born and brought up in Orpington, Kent, and have loved writing stories most of my life; inspired by the adventure stories of Enid Blyton, I started writing adventure stories at the age of seven.

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 before returning to the UK. I’ve now settled in Warwick with my husband David and son Jamie, and my daughter Abigail has chosen to follow in my footsteps by setting off for an adventure in Australia.

Near my home may be found some of England’s most famous destinations: the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Shakespeare properties at Stratford-upon Avon, and the two great castles at Kenilworth and Warwick: all of them powerful places to visit, for someone seeking spiritual and historical inspiration.

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


A new copy of Mystical Circles paperback signed by the author. Usual Retail price: £8.99 plus £3.00 post & packing. SPECIAL OFFER £7.00 only with free post & packing.



A new copy of A Passionate Spirit paperback signed by the author. Usual Retail price: £8.99 plus £3.00 post & packing. SPECIAL OFFER: £7.00 only with free post & packing.



A new copy of Perilous Path paperback signed by the author. Usual Retail price: £4.99 plus £1.00 Post & packing. SPECIAL OFFER: £3.00 only with free post & packing.



One new paperback copy each of Mystical Circles, A Passionate Spirit and Perilous Path, all signed by the author. Usual Retail price: £22.97 plus £5.00 post & packing. SPECIAL OFFER: £17 all 3 books with free post & packing.



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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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