I hope that you find these pages interesting. If you have stumbled across them by accident, then perhaps it is serendipity.
I AM AN ENDANGERED SPECIES - an 11th generation Isle of Wighter, occupying a small Island just to the south of England.
My ancestors were already here in the 16th century and before that the trail goes cold but they were probably already tilling the land and touching their forelocks, for I come from unbroken peasant stock.
I write novels, factual books and articles and I am never happier than when researching the past – it gets me out of bed in the mornings.
Non-fiction books and articles I write under the name of Jan Toms. This includes local history, biography, and humour plus the occasional poem.
In what seems like a past life, I wrote about a dozen historical novels under the name Janet Mary Tomson. Now out of print, they are still widely available and some of them can also be downloaded as e-books.
I have also written several hundred articles on subjects as diverse as Nipper the HMV dog, Queen Victoria's would-be Assassins, Eclipse the Racehorse and Australian Rules football.
My recent book, The Accidental Assassin, a spoof thriller set on the Isle of Wight is currently lined up to be filmed.
I am always happy to do book signings or to give a talk on writing or local history, or any other related subject. Please do contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do check back later for new updates. There's always more to come!
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