I began writing The Cat & The Nightingale Saga to cheer up my father in law, Ted, after he had a massive stroke in 2008. Despite numerous approaches I could not find a publisher but was asked to write a non-fiction account of Ted’s experiences which I did and The Weekend Trippers was the result. Having already written three volumes of the Saga, something I thoroughly enjoyed doing, I decided to keep writing them and publish them myself. For more information on these please see the Fiction page.
Writing ‘The Weekend Trippers’ and ‘The Cat & The Nightingale Saga’ provided the perfect opportunity to combine my love of writing with a long standing interest in world politics, history and Britain’s military campaigns, particularly the forgotten battles and their participants. Coincidentally my own father, Anthony McEntee, served in 2nd Bn The Rifle Brigade in the British Army of Occupation in Germany from 1945 – 47. His path and Ted’s would have crossed at some point as Ted was also in the 2nd Bn Rifle Brigade in Germany at the same time, having re-enlisted in 1946.
In 2012 I met Michael Turner who was raising money for a statue in Walton on the Naze Essex to Herbert Columbine VC. I began writing Herbert’s biography which was subsequently published by Pen and Sword. They have also published my other military histories including the rewrite of The Weekend Trippers, now renamed Surviving The Nazi Onslaught.
In 2014 I decided to try again to find a publisher for The Cat and the Nightingale Saga. My writing style had changed by then and I was eager to have an opportunity to rewrite the story. GWL Publishing were interested and after several rewrites I finally found the right format and Lives Apart: A WW2 Chronicle was born.
In January 2016 I moved to North Lincolnshire with my husband David and now write full time. Prior to that we lived in North East Essex and I worked at the Military Corrective Training Centre (MCTC) in Colchester for 9 years. David is ex 2nd Bn Royal Green Jackets (KRRC) and TA 71 Yeomanry Signals Regt (V) and worked for the Regular Forces Employment Association (RFEA).
In June 2016 I set up a new company with Wendy Lawrance called Military Lives.
Carole McEntee-Tayor MA Phil; BSc (Hons)