I come from a theatrical family. My mother was a dancer and my father a singer. I trained for the stage but decided there were too many out-of-work actresses already, so went into teaching instead. I have taught drama in a variety of schools, from a posh girls’ independent boarding school to a Comprehensive in Lambeth.
Most recently I was Director of Drama at Birkenhead Sixth Form College. I also founded and for ten years ran my own Youth Theatre Company in Surrey.
A few years ago I won the Kythira Prize awarded by the Historical Novel Society for a short story. The prize was a two-week writing course on the Greek island of Kythira, tutored by Helen Carey and Louis de Berniere. Louis was most impressed with my work and gave me a lot of encouragement.
I took early retirement in order to concentrate on my writing and in 2003 I completed an MA in Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University.
My first novel, published by Hodder and Stoughton, is set in World War II and called We’ll Meet Again . It has been followed by a companion volume, Never Say Goodbye.
I have two grown up sons and two grandchildren. My hobbies include walking, gardening, horse riding, bridge and travel.
The Final Act
Desperately tired after months living rough with Italian partisans, Richard makes a mistake behind enemy lines that results in devastating tragedy.
Rose, performing for the troops crossing France, at last finds a man she feels she can love and is forced to make the most difficult decision of her life.
Merry’s lover is returned to him from the jaws of death only to be separated from him again by the demands of duty.
But while the battle rages on they will fight for the future. In war and peace, in joy and despair, life continues – but never as expected.
It’s been a long and rocky road, but I feel that I have arrived at last. I owe a lot to the help and encouragement of my tutors and fellow students on the MA course at Liverpool John Moores but you were the only person to give me hard-nosed advice on what is commercially viable. To my mind, it is absolutely vital for anyone who seriously wants to be published and I shall always be grateful. ~ Hilary Green