Mary Bale was born in the east of England and moved frequently as a child. She settled in Norfolk and worked in local government.
While visiting Normandy with her husband and two children Mary Bale became fascinated by the links between Britain and that area of France. This led to a deep interest in all things eleventh century and the periods of history prior to that which shaped the politics of the time. She undertook courses with the University of East Anglia to further her studies. This resulted in the first book in her Anglo-Norman mysteries, Threads of Treason.
Mary’s children are now grown and she lives in Scotland with her husband.
Mary Bale is the name used by Pamela St Abbs for her medieval mysteries.