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 the streets of London with a motley crew of pals. Various careers and life paths have brought her to where she is today — writing novels, creating beautiful things, digging out skeletons of the family closet… and having endless amazing adventures. She is finally living her happily ever after in the wilds of rural Norfolk with her family.
Despite her dyslexia, she has been creating stories since the earliest age and becoming a published author was always her childhood ambition. She wrote her first full novel when she was 14, though this has been long lost to the mists of time. She studied novel and screen writing throughout the years, attending 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 when she finally did 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 Book Ark novels The Book Ark and Children of the Universe. Family matters and a bout of severe depression enforced a three year break from writing, although this allowed for the development of other creative endeavours.
2020 sees the writer formerly known as Janis Pegrum Smith renamed and reanimated as Peggy-Dorothea Beydon. All four of her initial novels have been revised and republished under her new author name and this author is 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 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 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 her stalwart, especially when it comes to proofreading and editing, she also has an invaluable squad of alpha readers. Peggy-Dorothea Beydon publishes under her own indie label Peggy-Dot Books of Norfolk. These books are published exclusively through Amazon in Kindle and Paperback form.