Margaret pens another chapter in long career

By Suzanne McTaggart

HARROGATE author Margaret Allan is putting pen to paper yet again after the final instalment of her four-book series was published last month.

By Courage Endured, published by Severn House Publishers, is the latest offering from Mrs Allan, who has penned more than 38 books in her long writing career.

The series follows the life of a female minister working in the Yorkshire village of Nyddbeck, dealing with the trials and tribulations that rural life can bring.

By Courage Endured , which follows By Faith Divided, By Hope United and A Woman of Faith as the final title in the series, sees the newly-married minister struggling to balance the pressures of her vocation with married life.

Mrs Allan was inspired to write the series by the work of her daughter Heather, who is a minister in Keighley, West Yorkshire, but says that the character of the minister is not based on her daughter.

“This is not my daughter’s story,” she said, “but the story of my daughter’s work.”

Mrs Allan, who lives with her husband of 61 years, Charles, on Knox Way, Bilton, is already well known in the area from her previous work as the Bilton correspondent for the Harrogate Advertiser.

She is now working on a new book, provisionally titled After the Storm, which she hopes to finish by April next year.

“As long as the ideas keep coming, I’ll keep writing,” she said. “I am a creative person - if I did not write books, I would do other creative things.

“I am never satisfied. If I ever get to the stage when I think ;I can’t do any better than that; then I will stop.”