Marianne Whiting

 I was born in Sweden and grew up on stories about Vikings their daring raids and brave deeds. I subscribe to the view that the Vikings were mainly traders and explorers but I'm willing to concede that in violent times they were perhaps a bit more enthusiastic fighters than most.

I arrived in England in 1973 to do a one-year course at Birmingham University. I'm still here and still married to the man who made me miss the boat home. I taught Humanities in Leicestershire High Schools before escaping to run a study support programme and then set up a Surestart Children's Centre in Leicester.

I'm a member of Leicester Writers' Club and of the Historical Novels Society. The banner above shows award-winners at the Leicester Writers' Club annual dinner 2016.

Shieldmaiden is the first in a trilogy about Sigrid Kveldulfsdaughter a Viking  warrior woman from Cumbria. It was self-published by Matador in 2012. It was awarded a bursary in the East Midland Arts Mentoring Scheme 2012 and longlisted for the Rubery International Book Award 2013.

               Re-published by Accent Press in December 2016 followed in 2017 by volume 2 

 To Save a Kingdom and  volume 3 Honour Is All.  The rights are now with Accent Headline.

My first novel is called Modern Knights Don't Wear Armour. It is set in Birmingham in the early 1970's and is, as yet, unpublished. It won a place in the East Midland Free Read Scheme 2007/08.

Some of my poetry  has appeared in anthologies and magazines. 

I travel round giving talks such as 'Britons, Saxons, Vikings - Who Are the English?' and 'Shieldmaidens and Other Warrior Women.'

My hobbies include travel, walking, cycling and gardening but best of all I like Vikings and I am committed to promoting their cuddly side. Oh yes, they have!



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