Family matters and health issues forced Peggy~Dorothea to take a 5 year break from writing, she is now back at her desk working on a new novel, but until that is written the world will just have to content itself with her past novels published under the pen name Janis Pegrum Smith.

The Novels

All of the novels published as Janis Pegrum Smith are available exclusively from Amazon in digital Kindle format only. You do not have to own a Kindle to read them though as Amazon digital Kindle books are also very readable on any tablet, phone or computer via the Kindle app.

Currently, none are published in paperback form, although it is possible to find second-hand copies occasionally. The author also has a few signed first editions of The Book Ark — Black on White for sale. If you are interested in purchasing one of these, please contact her here. There are plans to reissue all of these books in paperback in the future, so keep an eye on this website or follow Peggy~Dorothea Smith on Facebook to keep up-to-date with all her news.
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Peggy~Dorothea Smith was born in London, raised in Essex and now resides in the wilds of rural Norfolk with her family.

She has been creating stories since the earliest age, despite her dyslexia, and becoming a published author was always her childhood ambition, alongside joining the RAF, which she also achieved. She wrote her first full novel when she was 14, though this has long been lost to the mists of time. She studied novel and screen writing throughout the years, attending various courses to hone her craft — including the Cambridge Summer School and Robert Mckee’s Story seminar when it came to London in the early 2000s. It wasn’t until 2011 that she fully found the confidence to seek publication for her work, but when she finally did she found instant success, having many short stories and articles published in various national and international magazines including Vintage Script, Writer’s Forum and The New Writer. In 2013 her first novel More Than Gold was published, quickly followed by Marigolds in Her Hands and the Book Ark novels The Book Ark and Children of the Universe. She also worked as the assistant editor for the Historical Novel Societies Indie Review section. Family matters, a bout of severe depression and debilitating illnesses forced her to take a very long break from writing, although this allowed for the development of her other creative endeavours.

2021 sees the writer formerly known as Janis Pegrum Smith renamed and reanimated as Peggy~Dorothea Smith (for more on this change of name see her article What’s in a Name). All four of her initial novels have been revised and republished, and this author is now back at her desk, raring to relaunch her writing career with an endless stream of stories in her head, and the passion for her craft back in her heart.

My husband calls me his ‘shining star’, if I am, he is without doubt the stardust that makes me shine. It was his deep belief in my work that gave me the courage to get my words into print initially, and it has been his incredible support through the very toughest of times — and his sustained belief in what I do — that has rebuilt my confidence once again and brought me back to my passion. There are no words for the love I have for him, but without that love there would be no words.PEGGY~DOROTHEA SMITH 2021


Peggy~Dorothea Smith is an independently published author by choice, and she is in extremely good company. She is blessed to live in an age where technology allows her to oversee the whole publication process herself, from beginning to end, this gives her full artistic freedom and control of the finished product. Everything is done in cottage with the help of a small loyal band – her husband who is her stalwart, especially when it comes to proofreading and editing, she is also blessed with an invaluable squad of alpha and beta readers. Peggy~Dorothea Smith publishes under her own indie label Dash Dot Books

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