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.
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: http://www.reneeduke.ca.