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Though I worked for years as a trainer and psychotherapist - work which I loved - the urge to write ran deep. I had much to learn but I was persistent. A breakthrough came when I won the Joan Hessayon award several years back with the coming-of-age novel, Landsker, which is set against the backdrop of the General Strike in 1926.

My love of history and intriguing settings continues with The Love of Geli Raubal, which is a political thriller and romance set against the backdrop of the imploding Weimar Republic in 1932. The novel draws on my experience as a graduate of German and from the time I lived in Berlin.

I split my time between west Wales and London. In Wales I am involved with a rural arts centre which promotes all sorts of music and where we host writing workshops and an annual book festival. I am actively involved in promoting writing and literature.

You can follow me on Twitter: @Brenda_Squires

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