Writing is Sylvia Vetta’s third career after teaching and running a business. She was director of Oxford Antiques Centre which she named the ‘Jam Factory’ (1987-1998) and was chairman of the Thames Valley Arts and Antiques Dealers Association between 1997-2001. In 1998, she began freelancing writing on art, antiques and history for The Oxford Times and several magazines.
Her first published books were non-fiction. Studying for the Diploma in Creative Writing at Oxford gave her the confidence that she could write fiction. Her extensive interviews with the Stars art movement founder, Qu Leilei, inspired her to write Brushstrokes in Time. She is curious about why significant events in history are forgotten. Ashoka, who in effect turned the teachings of the Buddha into the world’s third largest religion was forgotten for 1000 years. Exploring why that happened is part of Sculpting the Elephant.