Noel Markham, M.A.
My Life As A Writer
It took quite a few years for me to actually write my first Mystery Suspense Novel, Deadly Denial, even though I planned to write mysteries back in the days when I couldn't wait to get my hands on the latest Nancy Drew book. Now, in September, 2016, my second book, Deadly Anger is now available on Amazon.com
Throughout my life as a wife, mother, English teacher, artist, painting instructor, marketing consultant and playwright I always plotted mysteries in the back of my mind yet I never tried to write one. A couple of times I went so far as to jot down a brief plot outline, but that’s as far as it went.
When my husband of 60 years died, I experienced grief and loneliness and began paying much more attention to my imaginary characters. Soon, Lindy and Carter, my protagonists in Deadly Denial, became my closest friends. My focus on writing a suspense novel led me to join writing groups, meet other writers and people who loved to read that genre and without me really paying much attention, my life turned around. Now my second book, Deadly Anger is published and I’m hard at work on book #3. No title yet but I’m working on it.
My Life As An Artist
When not busy writing Suspense Thrillers and Mysteries I like to paint.
My mother, Edna Markham, was a beautiful artist and when I was a young girl, she taught me how to paint with oils. From time to time I would take classes from other artists whom I admired and eventually was asked to teach others to paint. I began to sell paintings at art fairs in Dana Point and in Lake Elsinore.
My husband’s final illness caused us to move to a smaller house—one where I had no space to paint with oils, so I switched to watercolors and this opened up a whole new world for me. I started painting in the traditional way on watercolor paper and framing the paintings under glass. More recently I started painting on Aquabord, which produces more colorful paintings that do not necessarily need to be framed. I’m really excited about the results.