Emma Batten -
Author of Historical Fiction set on Kent's Romney Marsh.
I am a truly local author. Living in and writing about Romney Marsh means I can fully engage in the history of the area and connect with my readers. I learn about an event or custom – the great storm which changed the coastline, the body of a monk being secretly carried across the marsh, magical qualities associated with hagstones – and use these to create a whole novel. Fictional characters are put in recognisable settings as we follow the story of their lives. The eras range from the 7th to the 20th century, giving me an opportunity to explore so much of our history through writing. That local feel to my books now extends to them having distinctive covers with original artwork by artists from Greatstone, Lydd and New Romney, making the books even more special for me.
More recently I have been providing unique writing workshops. These are created by myself and give attendees the opportunity to learn about our history as well as produce their own piece of creative writing.
What is happening?
In 2022, I started doing craft fairs again and tried new venues as well as returning to old favourites. I plan to continue doing these and am enjoying getting to know the other stallholders. My winter/spring workshops are all planned and fully booked, and I would like to try something in a unique venue again, such as a local church.
I am currently (Jan 23) writing a third novel in the Dymchurch series and thoroughly enjoying being in Georgian times. It should be ready by early summer.
All novels are available on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited and as paperback novels.
The paperbacks are for sale in the Romney Marsh Visitor Centre, The Bucket and Spade (Dymchurch), The Chocolate Deli (Hythe), Salts Farm (near Rye), The Cosy Kettle (Hamstreet), Waterstones Ashford. Also by clicking on the links below or if you live locally please contact me through this website. I can offer the best price as prices below include postage. If you would like more than two books please contact me: Three books are £23 direct from me (£27 posted).
The Whitsun Gallop
On the day of the Whitsun Gallop, the people of Romney Marsh gather. It is a day to parade in their best outfits, make merry, and wager on which gentleman jockey will glory. When the prize cup is stolen, a chain of events is set in place, rocking the secure world of Phoebe and Harry Farrers.