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How do you make God laugh? Make a plan. I studied acting in the classical theater program (Shakespeare, Shaw, Moliere, etc.) at the National Theater School of Canada in Montreal, planning a "distinguished stage career" -- then spent the next twenty years acting mostly on television in made-for-TV movies, sit-coms, and soap opera. I thoroughly enjoyed all that TV work, though, and I did use my stage training too, performing in dozens of plays across Canada and in the US. I loved being an actor.
It felt like a natural extension of my acting to create characters for fiction. In 2008 Kensington Books published my first historical novel, "The Queen's Lady". Set in the court of Henry VIII, "The Queen's Lady" features Honor Larke, a (fictional) ward of (the real) Sir Thomas More. More was a brilliant scholar and a loving father, but as chancellor of England he banned books and burned men. My story turns on Honor's passionate conflict with her once-beloved guardian as she tries to save More's victims, enlisting rogue ship-captain Richard Thornleigh in her missions.
These characters were so engaging, I wrote a sequel, "The King's Daughter," featuring Honor and Richard's daughter, Isabel. When Henry VIII's bitter daughter, Queen Mary, launches her reign with a vow to annihilate heretics, Isabel Thornleigh must act quickly to save her family. Determined to rescue her father from prison, she entrusts her mission, and herself, to a ruthless soldier of fortune, Carlos Valverde.
I was delighted by the tremendous response from readers about this developing "Thornleigh Saga" and wrote the third book in the series, "The Queen's Captive." When Queen Mary releases her 20-year-old sister Princess Elizabeth from the Tower, hoping she'll make a false move and condemn herself, Honor Thornleigh returns from exile with Richard and their seafaring son, Adam, to help Elizabeth in the fight of her life. Playing a dangerous game as a double agent, aware that a false move of her own will expose her past as a condemned heretic, Honor finds her task made harder when Adam and Elizabeth fall in love. To save her family and Elizabeth, and herself, Honor must turn a headstrong princess into a queen before "Bloody Mary" destroys them all.
Book 4 in the "Thornleigh Saga" was released in September 2011: "The Queen's Gamble".
I love writing about the Tudor period, whose "on the make" characters and life-and-death intrigues - to say nothing of the era's religious paranoia - speak deeply to our own time. I hope you'll agree, and will enjoy being caught up in the passions and setbacks, adventures and strivings of the Thornleigh family - Honor, Richard, Isabel, and Adam - as they befriend, and sometimes betray, their willful kings and queens.
My newest release is a contemporary thriller, ENTRAPPED. It's available here on Smashwords.