Born in 1969, SD Crockett was brought up on a yacht as her parents circumnavigated the globe.
After graduating from London Universitys Royal Holloway and Bedford New College with a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies, she spent time living in Russia, Turkey, Eastern Europe - and in Armenia as a timber buyer.
Other jobs have included trainee car-mechanic, teacher, landscape gardener, portrait painter and automata maker. She now divides her time between a remote village in the Montagne Noire of Southern France, Suffolk and London.
SD Crockett is married to artist, Timothy Shepard, and has two children.
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S.D. Crockett talks about After The Snow, narrative voice and an especially cold winter
What was your inspiration for After the Snow?
Well, apart from the unbelievably cold winter during which I was writingin an unheated house, chopping logs and digging my car out of the snow; I think much of the inspiration for the settings in After the Snow came from my various travels.
In my twenties I worked as a timber buyer in the Caucasus Mountains of southern Russia, and that work led to travels in Eastern Europe and Armenia. As soon as I step off the plane in those places it smells like home.
It may sound strange to say, when After the Snow is set in Wales, but really the practical dilemmas in the book come directly from places Ive been, people Ive lived with, and the hardships Ive seen endured with grace and capability. I was in Russia not long after the Soviet Union collapsed and Ive seen society in freefall. Without realizing it at the time I think those experiences led me to dive into After the Snow with real passion.
What would western civilization look like with a few tumbles under its belt? What would happen if the things we took for granted disappeared? I wanted to write a gripping story ...
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