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WRITING AS W. F. HALSEY

Something new I'm doing is adding pictures from our travels in the rotating picture file on the left. First are some pictures from Egypt and Istanbul. I'll be adding more as time goes by. To see more pictures, hit the refresh button on your computer.

I hope you enjoy them!

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I am an avid reader, writer and traveler. The picture above was taken on an Alaskan cruise my husband and I took for our tenth wedding anniversary. For me, it visualizes the dreamy landscapes of the mind where fiction is born.

I like to write two types of books and short stories: speculative fiction and historical mysteries, both with a touch of romance.

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What is speculative fiction? For me, speculative fiction is best described as mainstream science fiction. It is fiction that pushes a bit past what we currently know. No faster-than-light space ships or ray guns. My speculative fiction books focus on cutting edge biology. For the science I draw on my background as a molecular biologist.

Historical mysteries don’t need any explanation. The best series in this genre, in my opinion, is Ellis Peters / Edith Pargeter’s Brother Cadfael novels as well as Josephine Tey’s Daughter of Time which does a wonderful job of solving the mystery of who killed the princes in the Tower, or perhaps better stated, who didn't kill the princes.

Writing historical mysteries allows me to combine my love of mysteries with my love of history.

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What I like to read:

As I said earlier, I am an avid reader, primarily speculative fiction / science fiction, mysteries and historical fiction.

The first science fiction novel I read was CHILDHOOD'S END by Arthur C. Clarke when I was 12. I was hooked after that. My early favorites were Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Heinlein, Cordwainer Smith, and C. M. Kornbluth, as well as Anne McCaffrey. Later I added, C.S. Friedman, C. J. Cherryh as well as

While I don't read much genre romance fiction, I very much enjoy the Regency romances of Geogette Heyer which frequently have a touch of humor in them.

My favorite mystery authors are: Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie, Charles Finch, Tasha Alexander, Margaret Frazer, Kathy Lynn Emerson, C.S. Harris and Ashley Gardener, Wilke Collins, and Arthur Conan Doyle.

In college I discovered Dorothy Dunnett and came to understand how history with speculative aspects could be fabulous.

Other favorite historical writers include Anya Seton, Victoria Holt, Mary Renault and Mary Stewart.

My professional background:

I have a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in biology, focused on molecular biology and genetic engineering. After spending twelve years doing medical research for pharmaceutical companies and medical centers, I decided it was time for a change. I discovered a real interest, and talent, in information sleuthing. That was over a decade ago. Truthfully, I sometimes miss the lab, but I want to work part time so I can spend more time with my writing. This is easier to do as an information professional than doing pharma / biotech research.

My personal interests:

Other than writing, reading and travelling, I enjoy needlework of all sorts: embroidery, counted cross stitch and knitting, I also enjoy sewing, quilting, cooking and gardening. I've been a member of The Society of Creative Anachronism for many years and attended my first Worldcon a couple of decades ago.

Thanks for taking the time to read my web page! I hope you enjoy the short stories and consider buying my books. The e-books are $2.99. I want people to read the books and hopefully enjoy them. I'm not in it for the money.

If you wish to email me, my address is:

Best Wishes!

Winifred Halsey, writing as W. F. Halsey