We are Vince and Sandra Peddle - a married couple writing under the penname of S.V. Peddle. We're both keen travellers and have - between us - lived in such far-flung places as the USA, South Africa, Germany, Greece and Turkey - as well as Portsmouth, Manchester, Wellingborough and Watford (where for some years we owned and ran a large second-hand bookshop in the high street).
We first met when living on the island of Crete and have long been fascinated by things Cretan. Sixteen years after we stopped living there, the place still feels like home. The Moon Maiden is an attempt to convey our sense of a timeless, mystical essence about Crete that is indefinably special - which perhaps explains why, in Minoan times, the island was sacred. The Consort of the Moon, the second book in the Cnossos trilogy, will be published before the end of the year.
Ten years ago we moved to the beautiful island of Jersey and quickly became fasinated by the Neolithic remains on the islands. Linking these with local customs and stories of fairies (pouquelaye) we wrote our non-fiction, illustrated book Pagan Channel Islands,. This was first published in hardback by Robert Hale in 2007 and in paperback 2009.
We have recently completed the first in the Crone Club series, about a group of friends from the 60s in their sixties.