About Me

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

I’m a member of the Society of Authors and the Association of Christian Writers. My four published books are Mystical CirclesA Passionate Spirit and Perilous Path and my latest, Paranormal Warwickshire  which was published by Amberley Publishing in Nov 2020.

My next book Illustrated Tales of Warwickshire will be released by Amberley Publishing in April 2022. The first novel in a new fiction series The Dylan Rafferty Mysteries is currently with publishers and agents.

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 can give a one hour interactive talk about the following subjects: Paranormal Warwickshire; Misfits in Literature; 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.

I was born and brought up in Orpington, Kent, and have loved writing stories most of my life.

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 is studying for a Master’s degree at university 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 these books by visiting the books page on this website.

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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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