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I’m Renee Duke. I like kids. I also like history, and I like putting kids and history together. As a parent and educator, I’ve been doing that for quite a while through interactive history programmes, and more recently as a writer through my Time Rose time travel series.

I grew up in Canada (Ontario & B.C.) and England (Berkshire) and started to love history at a young age because:
(A) Most of my family liked history.
(B) I had good history teachers.
(C) I lived in Wantage, birthplace of King Alfred and, some centuries later, a notorious haven for highwayman.
(D) TV stations ran shows like The Vikings, Zorro, Richard The Lionheart, The Scarlet Pimpernel, William Tell, and Robin Hood in the after school time slot.
(E) All of the above.

Answer: E

I’ve always been attracted to books and movies set in other eras and also like recreating other eras. I was a member of the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) until most of the local events moved to other areas and my inability to drive a motor chariot limited my access to them.

I like books and movies set in the future, too. (Yes, I’m a Trekker). I do not, however, think this indicates dissatisfaction with my own time. Well, not much, anyway!

A more in-depth biography can be found on my website: https://www.renee-duke.com.



  1. Renee . . . .great to visit your blog !!! Loved your book !!!

    1. Thanks. Feel free to write a review!

  2. Thanks for your interest in “Tails from Paris”. We’re now following your blog.

    If you want to sharpen your international sense of humor, we do also have a French version called “Sous nos Couettes” : http://sousnoscouettes.com/.

    Thanks for sharing if you enjoy it too …

    Best from Paris, France

    Alix, Roxane & their bald, bold & funny (at least he pretends to …) Dad

    1. Thanks. You have a pretty neat blog yourself.

  3. Love the Star Trek universe, too! And Doctor Who. Can’t forget the Doctor!

    1. As a child, I watched the original series with Doctor # 1 – William Hartnell. My friends and I would walk around the school playground intoning, “I am a Dalek!” to the point of driving our teachers mad.

  4. Hi, Renee,
    I like your blog. I write Paranormal stories for middle grades and young adults that revolve around a historical event- and I try to choose and odd one that maybe they are not aware of so they’ll be more likely to go do some research on the event after reading my book!

  5. That’s my aim, too. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Nannce · · Reply

    I think I have a picture of 2 who shall remain unamed, wearing Trek gear, and using communicators. I will have to dig

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