I am an author with a passion for history and in particular the Regency. I have my own voice, but I like to follow traditional Regency precepts and pen uplifting stories with flowing prose, witty dialogue, engaging characters and bags of emotion -- following with tiny steps in the magnificent wake of Georgette Heyer.
I live in a beautiful rural part of the UK and share my home with various life forms, including two ponies, three cats and a rescued 'Staffie' X. When I am not writing, I enjoy long walks with my dog, watching costume dramas and curling up with a good book.
From a small child, I have loved to write - and dream. In my bedroom I had a wallpaper with flower-edged squares - just perfect for writing my 'news'. I don't think my mother was very impressed, although I don't recall any major consequences.
I discovered Georgette Heyer in my early teens and in my opinion, there are few in the modern era who come close, let alone match her in the Regency genre. We can but aspire, as a friend once said! At this stage my writing career took a back seat when my passion for horses led me off in another direction.
My debut novel was 'A Sense of the Ridiculous', a traditional Regency Romance released originally by Musa Publishing and now re-released with a new cover.
How do you approach cover design?
I write traditional Regency stories, so like a traditional feel to my covers. A half-naked man bending over a woman with a very low décolletage does not fit the tone of my books.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It wasn't the first book I read - that would have been an early reading book, probably 'Tip and Mitten' - but the one which has stayed with me through the years was a novel called 'The Gauntlet' by Ronald Welch. It told the story of a young boy who found a gauntlet on a Welsh mountain and went back to medieval times when he slipped his hand inside it.
Having trusted the wrong man, bluestocking Amelia Burcott is forced to seek employment as a governess in order to support herself. Little does she realize, when she joins the household of the Earl of Raftesbury, that he has a secret as great as her own and needs the right woman to help him conquer his past.