During a successful career as a nurse in the National Health Service (NHS), Wonny reached the level where she was privileged to attend meetings in which scientists and doctors discussed advances in medical technology. This stimulated her interest in forensic medicine and coupled with her love of solving problems made the writing of a crime novel almost inevitable.
With a husband, three children and five beautiful granddaughters life has left little time for writing but the author manages to fit it in between cooking for school fetes, ferrying the girls to ballet classes and making last minute fancy dress costumes!
Knowing and loving her Welsh heritage the author has chosen to use the city of Cardiff as the base for the DCI Phelps series of crime novels. Cardiff is the tenth largest city in the UK and was made the Capital City of Wales in 1955.
The developments since the 1990s have been phenomenal and during the last ten years or so the world has woken up to Cardiff as a fantastic destination for sport, culture, holidays, business, studying and living.
The real beauty of this exciting modern City lies in the way the history of the area has not been forgotten and the very old sits comfortably side by side with the latest modern design. Best of all recent surveys of the people have shown that they enjoy living there – what better endorsement for any city.
And now from the author herself:
When do we stop trying to do ‘new’ things? I hope the answer to that is ‘never’.
My career as a nurse started in the ‘swinging sixties’ and I went on to become a midwife at a time when the term independent practitioner really meant something. I managed breech deliveries, twins and various other complications without an Obstetrician in sight and loved every minute of it.
Marriage and a young family, without the luxury of extended maternity leave, called for a change of direction and at various points of my life I have managed my own florist business, supported my husband in the tourist trade and overseen the running of a pub!
I dipped in and out of the National Health Service (NHS) and when I retired in 1995 it was from the position of Chief Nurse at one of the largest NHS Trusts in the UK. I have seen the very best and the cruellest of human nature and now my latest ‘new’ thing is to write about it.
I live in Wales and as I am passionate about my country I automatically chose our capital city, Cardiff as the setting for a series of crime novels. Detective Chief Inspector Martin Phelps is my main character and I hope readers will enjoy learning about Martin, his team and his life as much as I like writing about them.
My first novel Jack-Knifed is about a serial killer called Jack and his weapons of choice are knives. When something is jack-knifed it folds in on itself as do the minds of most serial killers and so Jack-Knifed seemed an appropriate title. The cover of this book is made from a picture I took on my iPhone when walking around Cardiff Bay looking for ideas. It was a cloudy day and the Bay looked angry and brooding and seemed to fit the dark mood of my murderer.
Having created Detective Chief Inspector Martin Phelps and his team I was keen to develop them and after they had solved the horrendous murder of a gay man in Cardiff I had to give them another case to solve. One of my objectives with this series is to introduce readers to some of the fantastic locations in South Wales and stimulate an interest in Welsh culture.
Coopers Field is an area within the grounds of Cardiff Castle and Bute Park and within minutes of leaving Cardiff City centre, locals and visitors can be surrounded by the beauty of nature. As with all the books in this series I visited the area and took the photograph that has become the front cover.
It wasn’t difficult to write about activities within the Nursing Home as I was able to draw from first-hand experience and use anecdotes my friends were willing to share.
The Coopers Field Murder is the title of the book but we are not sure that the body found in Coopers Field is a murder victim. However the elderly lady proves to be the unlikely catalyst that leads Martin and his team to put an end to the systematic killing of vulnerable residents at Parkland Nursing Home.
The third book in the DCI Martin Phelps series Killing by Colours finds Martin at his most vulnerable. Usually he is the blue-eyed boy of the Press and his clear up rate on crimes is second to none but he’s getting nowhere fast this time.
A seriously disturbed killer is using some bizarre poetry to taunt the team regarding the identity of his next victim and giving clues as to the location of the crime. It’s bad enough that the killer is keeping one step ahead of DCI Phelps but even more worrying is the fact that he seems to be setting Martin up to be one of his victims.
The use of colours in the poems provided an opportunity to highlight landmarks and companies in and around Cardiff and I hope readers will be prompted to find out more about some of them. It was difficult to decide what colour to use for the front cover but when walking down the road that leads to Cardiff castle I saw the Welsh flag flying and thought of the expression ‘flying the colours’. It gave me what I needed as a link to the title of my book and I was able to snap the picture.
As this is the third book in the series I hope readers are enjoying the development of the main characters and relating to the characteristics that make up their personalities.
There can be few things in life more traumatic for a mother than the loss of her child and when a little boy disappears during a school trip to the National History Museum of Wales the horror begins.
DCI Martin Phelps and his team unpick the tiny clues that eventually lead them to the boy – but is he dead or alive?
Martin’s sidekick Detective Sergeant Matt Pryor literally stumbles upon the bones of a potential crime that would never have been discovered if young Jason had not been kidnapped. Does this turn the kidnapper into some sort of hero or has he upped his game to murder?
In reality, every day masses of people visit the Museum that is situated in the village of St Fagans, near Cardiff. It provides an opportunity for visitors to follow the history of the Welsh people throughout the ages and is truly a living museum set in acres of beautiful parkland.
This time the book cover is a photograph I took of the view of St Fagans Castle from the grounds of the National History Museum.
If you ever visit Wales a trip to what the locals simply call ‘St Fagans’ is a must and other than in the DCI Martin Phelps series of novels it is totally child friendly!
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