Oops, one more Ancient Wonders interviewee for you lovely peeps - our very own Pauline E. Dungate!
Tell us a little about yourself, and what you like to write?
I spent all of my working life as a teacher but ended up as
the resident teacher at Birmingham Nature Centre with a classroom full of
exotic animals. I spend a lot of time reading, writing and reviewing when I am
not in the garden. I take my camera on exotic holidays looking for wildlife.
Last year it was Ecuador.
What inspired you to write “One Man's Folly”?
Every year there is a Middle Earth Weekend at Sarehole Mill
in Hall Green, Birmingham. Because of the Tolkien connection, the local paper
often runs articles about his influences around this time. On the photo of
Perrot’s Tower, an octagonal building, I noticed that the corner stones of the
topmost floor looked very different from the rest of the brick built building.
That led to the question of what they were made of. What if it was a stone
circle in the sky. The story grew from there.
If the TARDIS could drop
you off to any one site in its heyday, where would you go?
It would probably have to be Hadrian’s Wall – either that or
British Camp, the hill fort on the Malvern Hills.
What appeals to you
most about ancient sites/landscapes?
The mystery. We know so little about them so there is much
that can be imagined and no-one can tell us we are wrong.
What do you have
coming out next?
I am working on a near future thriller set in Birmingham plus
a number of stories. I write reviews and poetry as Pauline Morgan and there are
plenty of my reviews around. The writers’ group I belong to has recently put
out a pamphlet called Grapeshot which
has three of my poems in it.
[Pauline E Dungate’s stories have appeared in anthologies such as Skin of the Soul, Narrow Houses, Swords Against the Millennium, Beneath the Ground, Merlin, Victorious Villains and Under the Rose.
She has won prizes for poetry and has been a judge for the Arthur C
Clarke Award. She reviews for SFCrowsnest and runs workshops covering
all areas of creative writing. She lives in Birmingham with husband and
fellow writer Chris Morgan.]
anthology page here for linky links!