Biography – June Finnigan, Published Author.
My mother was the daughter of wealthy middle class parents and my father was a Romany Gypsy. They married, despite all objections from my maternal grandparents and as anticipated, the union turned out to be a horrible mismatch. I was conceived in a Devon field and born the following June 1951 in the local midwife’s cottage next to Exmouth railway station in Devon. Ever since, I have had a fascination for steam trains and the open road. Compulsive reading in the 50’s included ‘The Famous Five’ and ‘Swallows and Amazons’. I also read copious library books about the Resistance in France. I wanted to be a secret agent. In the 60’s I read the Bible from cover to cover, then Erich Von Daniken’s ‘Return to the Stars’ put religion into a better perspective. I was also fascinated by the ancient Egyptians and the Aztecs, Incas and Mayans and read a lot of science fiction including Aldous Huxley and H.G.Wells. I generally choose thrillers to read, particularly those that include the Cold War or modern espionage. I still love science fiction and have tentatively started a children’s novel in this genre. I have written numerous short stories and poetry, for both adults and children. ‘My Father,The Assassin’ by J W Finnigan (Amazon), is my first published novel. It was an attempt to put the ghost of my father to bed and to satisfy my thirst for adventure. I have started a follow up called ‘The Bolivian Connection’ with the same heroine. A third adventure will be based in Italy. I am happily married to Paul, my love interest and best friend and have a daughter and two grandchildren. I write my stories in a lovely villa overlooking the Chianti Hills in Tuscany. Barty the grey tiger cat is usually curled up on my lap or purring nearby. A glass of local Chianti wine is always in easy reach.
My blogsite is www.junefinnigan.wordpress.com.