Barbara Gaskell Denvil is a multi-award winning author of historical fiction, mystery, suspense and fantasy. Now, for the first time, she is writing children’s fantasy, combining the genres she loves, historical and adventure with fantasy. (See Bannister’s Muster’s page for more information)
Having been born into a literary family where book shelves filled every room, she grew up assuming that writing would be her career. Her Scottish father was an artist and playwright, her Australian mother, a teacher, and her elder sister was a successful author first published at age 16. The classic Victorian author Mrs Elizabeth Gaskell was a great, great, great aunt. So yes, a rather bookish family. She began writing when she was extremely young and then went to work in the British Museum Library, with ancient folios and manuscripts. This cemented her love of both literature and history. Moving on to work in traditional publishing, scripting, reviewing, editing and publishing many articles and short stories.
Her books now alternate between fantasy and historical fiction, drama, mystery, adventure and romance, with a passion for medieval settings and historical accuracy.
Miss Gaskell Denvil's work has been traditionally published by Simon & Schuster, but she now favours self-publishing as it gives the huge satisfaction of individual control. And personal choice of genre and artistic inspiration.
Her work has won many awards in the literary world (BRAG, Discovering Diamonds, Readers’ Favourites, Chill with a Book and others), and have all been generally acclaimed.