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Margaret Armand Smith

Margaret Armand SmithBiography

Living in the shadow of Salisbury Plain is the perfect place to write… according to Margaret Armand Smith.

Married, with three daughters and one son, all of whom are now grown up and have left home, Margaret and her husband Colin live with their five Cocker Spaniels in the house they bought more than thirty years.

Margaret always says – ‘she just happened to be born in Buckinghamshire’. With a father in the RAF, she was there for only the first week of her life and, like many service families, her family led a nomadic life until settling in Gloucestershire in the 1950’s. As a result Margaret sees Gloucestershire as her childhood home.

When her parents bought a house in the idyllic Berkeley Vale, she enjoyed exploring the county when riding her pony along the narrow lanes. It was during these rides that she experienced for the first time a sense of freedom… a freedom that was to help her cope with the inevitable feeling of not belonging whenever she attended yet another new school.

Her love of sports, especially athletics, also helped, particularly when she became School Athletics Captain. She admits her ‘O’ Level results were not brilliant; largely because of her greater interest in the field of sports. She did, however, get excellent results in English, obtaining two English ‘O’ Levels (‘A’ and ‘B’) as well as English at ‘A’ Level.

Throughout her childhood reading was a passion. She began writing at an early age and still has the uncompleted, manuscript begun when 12 years old – ‘The Mystery of the White Horse on the Wiltshire Downs’.

In her teens and early 20’s she continued writing; although she did get temporarily sidetracked by the colours of the outback when working on a sheep station in New South Wales and unfortunately not very successfully. Luckily, when she moved to Sydney, she returned to her first love – writing. Later the journey back to England, via Japan and the Trans-Siberian Railway inspired her to keep her first journal.

Some years later, with a young and ever growing family, Margaret continued writing. In 1983 she and her husband took their four young children to live in Papua New Guinea for six years. Here she drew on her experience as an expat in her writing.

Back in England Margaret was accepted by Bath Spa University as a mature student and three years later awarded a 2.1 Hons Degree in English.

Over the years she continued writing children’s novels and in 2009 decided to self-publish the first book in ‘The Sun, The Moon and The Stars’ her Time Travel Trilogy. She has sold over 600 copies of ‘One Sun, One Moon, Two Stars’ the first book in the trilogy and, ten months ago published ‘The White Tower, the second book in the trilogy. Margaret has been particularly pleased by its reception it has received from many of the readers of the first book and already has sold over 100 copies.

At the moment she is working on the final book in the trilogy under the working title of ‘The Diamond Dilemma’.

When asked if she will miss writing when this book has been completed she replies simply – ‘No. There are at least four manuscripts sitting in my office waiting to be edited. I am looking forward to returning to them.’

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Biography

 

Living in the shadow of Salisbury Plain is the perfect place to write… according to Margaret Armand Smith.

 

Married, with three daughters and one son, all of whom are now grown up and have left home, Margaret and her husband Colin live with their five Cocker Spaniels in the house they bought more than thirty years.

 

Margaret always says – ‘she just happened to be born in Buckinghamshire’. With a father in the RAF, she was there for only the first week of her life and, like many service families, her family led a nomadic life until settling in Gloucestershire in the 1950’s. As a result Margaret sees Gloucestershire as her childhood home.

 

When her parents bought a house in the idyllic Berkeley Vale, she enjoyed exploring the county when riding her pony along the narrow lanes. It was during these rides that she experienced for the first time a sense of freedom… a freedom that was to help her cope with the inevitable feeling of not belonging whenever she attended yet another new school.

 

Her love of sports, especially athletics, also helped, particularly when she became School Athletics Captain. She admits her ‘O’ Level results were not brilliant; largely because of her greater interest in the field of sports. She did, however, get excellent results in English, obtaining two English ‘O’ Levels (‘A’ and ‘B’) as well as English at ‘A’ Level.

 

Throughout her childhood reading was a passion. She began writing at an early age and still has the uncompleted, manuscript begun when 12 years old – ‘The Mystery of the White Horse on the Wiltshire Downs’.

 

 

In her teens and early 20’s she continued writing; although she did get temporarily sidetracked by the colours of the outback when working on a sheep station in New South Wales and unfortunately not very successfully. Luckily, when she moved to Sydney, she returned to her first love – writing. Later the journey back to England, via Japan and the Trans-Siberian Railway inspired her to keep her first journal.

 

Some years later, with a young and ever growing family, Margaret continued writing. In 1983 she and her husband took their four young children to live in Papua New Guinea for six years. Here she drew on her experience as an expat in her writing.

 

Back in England Margaret was accepted by Bath Spa University as a mature student and three years later awarded a 2.1 Hons Degree in English.

 

Over the years she continued writing children’s novels and in 2009 decided to self-publish the first book in ‘The Sun, The Moon and The Stars’ her Time Travel Trilogy. She has sold over 600 copies of ‘One Sun, One Moon, Two Stars’ the first book in the trilogy and, ten months ago published ‘The White Tower, the second book in the trilogy. Margaret has been particularly pleased by its reception it has received from many of the readers of the first book and already has sold over 100 copies.

 

At the moment she is working on the final book in the trilogy under the working title of ‘The Diamond Dilemma’.

 

When asked if she will miss writing when this book has been completed she replies simply – ‘No. There are at least four manuscripts sitting in my office waiting to be edited. I am looking forward to returning to them.’