About Me

writer craftswoman artist genealogist…

Peggy-Dorothea Beydon

the author

Peggy-Dorothea was born within the sound of Bow Bells in 1966, though not under that name! She grew up in Essex, and spent most of her wild child youth roaming around London with a motley crew of pals. Various careers and adventures have brought her to where she is today, living her happily ever after in the wilds of rural Norfolk with her husband, family, an aging lurcher and flock of unruly hens. Writing novels, making stuff, and digging out skeletons from the family closet, amongst other things…

Despite her dyslexia, she has been creating stories since the earliest age and becoming a published author was always her childhood dream. She wrote her first full novel when she was 14, though this has been long lost to the mists of time. She studied screenwriting throughout the 1990s, and attended various writing courses to learn 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 found the confidence to seek publication for her work, but she found instant success having many short stories and articles published in various national magazines. In 2013 her first novel More Than Gold was published, quickly followed by Marigolds in Her Hands and the The Book Ark novels The Book Ark & Children of the Universe. Family matters and a bout of severe depression enforced a 3 year break from writing, although this allowed for the development of other creative endeavours.

In late 2019 the writer formerly known as Janis Pegrum Smith was reanimated as Peggy -Dorothea Beydon. With all four initial novels revised and republished under her new author name this author is back at her desk and 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, and it has been his sustained deep belief in what I do that has rebuilt my confidence once again and brought me back to writing. There are no words for the love I have for him, but without that love there would be no words.

Peggy-Dorothea Beydon 2019

Peggy-Dorothea Beydon 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 stalwart when it comes to proofreading and editing and she has an invaluable squad of alpha readers. She now publishes under her own new indie label Peggy-Dot Books of Norfolk

I have wrestled with trying to tie myself down to one discipline for too many years, am I a writer? a furniture artist? a doll maker? a seamstress?… buzz, buzz, buzz. Maturity has taught me to finally accept I am all those things and embrace them all, hence this one stop spot.

Peggy -Dot 2019


craftswoman, doll maker, artist

Peggy-Dorothea’s creative endeavours outside her writing go under her nickname of Peggy-Dot. Creativity is in her blood, as she comes from a long line of crafty, handy women who were all raised with a keen mind and the ability to turn their hand to anything. Viewed as a bit odd by some, there is a touch of the bohemian about her clan, though she and they generally view those who aren’t creative a touch strange in themselves. Make do and mend was the family philosophy long before it became the war cry of necessity, and now it is coming back into vogue once more, she is of the sort where it never went away, it is a way of life! Sometimes being a Jack of all trades is a bit of a curse as there are never enough hours in the day, and always a new craft or skill to learn. When not writing, Peggy-Dot can be found in her workshop making something. Currently her favourite creative discipline is doll making, which she is still fairly new to and classes herself very much as an apprentice in this medium. She is also a keen needle felter.

Whilst taking her career break from writing, Peggy-Dot started upcycling and repurposing furniture and created a very successful business in this art form, which she continues to dabble in.

…writing… felting… doll-making… sewing… knitting… upcycling… art… re-purposing… books… genealogy… gardening… walking… cooking… history… nature… crafts… chickens… bric-a-brac… curiosities… vintage… nostalgia… fun… laughter… love… life… and so much more….

Sewing, knitting, crochet, card making … the list truly is endless, so expect anything and everything to appear here. She is also a keen gardener, vegetable grower and keeper of a flock of madcap hens. Not to mention an avid walker and seeker of adventures.

As an only child I have always craved a larger family, thanks to my years of delving into the archives I now not only have a massive family of ancestors, but they have helped me connect with living distant cousins too, which is so thrilling.


The Genealogy Bit

Since the dawn of the millennium and the coming of Ancestry.com Peggy-Dorothea has been delving into her family history. It is, without doubt, an addiction. As she has come to find long-lost distant relations scattered across the planet — fellow delvers into their past, she has realised that the information she has uncovered is valuable to a much wider circle. She is still researching and discovering new things all the time. To this end this website contains a section on her ancestral lines for the benefit of her family near and far, and for anyone who might be interested.