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Siobhan Daiko was born in and spent her childhood in colonial Hong Kong. She and her hubby moved to the UK shortly before it was handed back to China. She has worked in the City of London, once ran a post office/B&B in Herefordshire, and, more recently, taught Modern Foreign Languages in a Welsh high school. Siobhan now lives with her husband and two cats in the Veneto region of Northern Italy, where she spends her time writing, researching historical characters, and enjoying the dolce vita.

Lady of Asolo is Siobhan’s first book to be published. Her home is near Asolo, the setting for the novel, in a converted artist’s studio next to an old farmhouse. At night, she can sometimes hear the sound of a lute playing centuries-old tunes. There is an old church at the base of the hill, which dates from the 12th Century. The cats will not go down there: they find it too spooky.

The Orchid Tree was inspired by her early life in Hong Kong. Her grandparents had been interned by the Japanese in the ex-colony from 1942 to 1945, and it was while she was researching their life in the internment camp that the idea for the novel came to her. She wanted to bring alive a time and place that no longer exist, but one that will forever be in her heart.

Her first foray into erotica,  Veronica COURTESAN is available from Amazon. The standalone start of a series featuring historic courtesans, strong women who held their own in a man’s world.

Siobhan’s home in summer

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And in winter



asolo hill pic

63 thoughts on “About

  1. Much deserved, my old friend (not in the literal sense!) Myles turned 36 yesterday – can you believe it? Paul posed the question – when can we get our hands on “The Only One”. I want signed copy! Thanks for link.


  2. Hi Elaine! I’m waiting to hear from ChocLit Publishing if The Only One has gone down well with their tasting panel. Could take up to four months. If they don’t like it I’ll pursue the Indie route. Whatever happens you’ll have a signed copy before the end of the year. Did you read the first three chapters by following the link?


  3. I am delighted to have made your virtual acquaintance via Goodreads and will add your blog to the Author blogroll on LindyLouMac’s Book Reviews.


  4. Hi Siobhan
    Am sooo envious of your home in Italy! Lived in Torino for a while very young and love Italy and everything about it. Lived in Spain for a couple of years but wasn’t the same, though lovely climate.

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  5. Thanks for the comment, Martha! I’ve just posted more pics of Asolo on FB. We spent most of yesterday there and it was as beautiful as ever. A timeless place unspoilt by the modern world …


  6. Hi Davey

    Great to meet a fellow youwriteon member! I was a Spanish teacher in S. Wales and love the country and people, but I’ve inherited a house in Italy with my siblings so will stay on here. It’s so dolce vita and I love la bella Italia too.

    S x


  7. Hi Siobhan,
    I was not able to retrieve your email address, so I’m leaving the blog tour rules here. Feel free to remove this comment. Hugs!
    Thanks again for wanting to take part in the “Meet My Main Character Blog Tour.” There weren’t many rules. To my understanding they are:
    Include a link to the related post of the person who tags you: http://teagansbooks.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/meet-my-main-character-blog-tour/
    Show their book cover if you can (attached)
    Answer the questions about your character (I’m pasting below)
    Tag other novelists who’d like to participate (Biographers have also been able to transfer this to their work)
    Post on a Monday (I don’t know why… or if it really matters. Maybe that’s when people are looking for it though.)
    Okay… the questions:
    1. What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

    2. When and where is the story set?

    3. What should we know about him/her?

    4. What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

    5. What is the personal goal of the character?

    6. Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

    7. When can we expect the book to be published?

    I can’t wait to read about your character! Thanks again.

    Teagan R. Geneviene

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  8. How unusual to have a painting across an exterior wall of your house. I recognise the painting – my mother has a print of it so I grew up seeing it every day (though I can’t now recall it’s name or the name of the artist who painted it). What lovely photographs, and you are very fortunate to live in such a beautiful place. Thank you for sharing.


  9. We live in a converted artist’s studio/garage. It was my father’s. You can see his work on the Douglas Bland Artist page on Facebook. Unfortunately, he died in 1975 before he could retire, but my mother eventually made the garage and studio into a little house but adding a floor. We moved here to look after her nearly two years ago and, after she passed away last October, we’ve stayed on. The main house is too big for us, but ideal for when friends and family visit. There’s lots for my husband to do looking after the garden, etc. and I’m in charge of the flowers. The ‘dolce vita’ is the right expression for our life in Italy. I taught in a state school in Wales for 19 years so don’t feel too guilty…


  10. Hi Siobhan. Are you interested in doing a My Workspace blog hop? If so, send an email, or leave a comment and let me know — that way i can go ahead and name you in my post. I’ll be posting it Tuesday or Wednesday. Hugs


  11. Thanks for coming by my blog and ‘introducing’ yourself! I can see that we have a number of interests in common, and will look forward eagerly to what I can learn from you here!
    All best,


  12. Very nice to meet you Siobhan and to read about your intriguing background. How fortunate for you to have lived in different countries, among different cultures. Lots of fodder for your stories!
    Thank you for visiting and following my blog. I find yours interesting!


  13. This is a beautiful website. For my own website, I’m trying to get my comments and “leave a reply” feature working – no luck so far. Did you do the website yourself? I’m trying to. Also, it’s awesome to see your success.


  14. Sorry that I’m so late getting back to you but I haven’t been doing so well at this blogging thing. I’m doing a sort of on line tutorial “Blogging 101” offered by WordPress.


  15. What an amazing life Siobhan and to end up in Italy, wow. Such a beautiful place. Not that I could ever leave Wales of course. Good luck with the books.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx


  16. Hey beautiful! 😀💖 Pleased to know you.😊 Found a way here through someone’s blog. Now following so looking forward to explore it more.😊


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