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I have been a writer all my life, but I'm hugely excited to have published my first book on Smashwords. I love historical detective fiction, and never could find enough new authors, who could write a good sentence, tell a good yarn, and really knew their Rome. After I'd hung around in bookshops and on the internet hoping in vain that one of my favourite authors - Lindsey Davis, David Wishart, Bruce Macbain and Rosemary Rowe, since you ask - might have just brought out another story, I decided that I'd like to do it myself.
At first I thought a book about Cicero might be good, but Steven Saylor's early books are all based on his cases. Then I thought about Julia, daughter of Augustus, and I'm keeping her up my sleeve. And then into my mind came a proper Roman aristocrat, tall, good-looking (naturally!) and just ready to suffer in the cause of Art. Not to mention his delightful sister. I just hope these characters can live for you as they have for me.
When I'm not reading or writing or cursing the stupid plot that doesn't want to hang together, or the ridiculous characters who've all suddenly decided to go to Baiae for a holiday when I want them in Rome, I garden and cook and sing and attend to my cat. Every now and then a visitor arrives and then I clean the house.
What else? I have a PhD in English Literature, I've been a teacher and a librarian plus a whole lot of other things. All of it goes into what I write, I guess.