I always wanted to be a writer. But it was only in my late teens that I discovered I wanted to be a historical fiction writer.
My love affair with history began with the Tudors after sitting down with my mum to watch her favourite TV programmes and films from the 60s and 70s: The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Elizabeth R, The Man for All Seasons, Anne of the Thousand Days and Mary, Queen of Scots. But my mum also introduced me to other eras through the medium of film and so I am also interested in Roman history (courtesy of I, Claudius), Anglo Saxon and medieval history (Becket) and Stuart dynasty (Cromwell), to name but a few. In regard to reading historical fiction, my introduction came, as I expect for many, through reading Jean Plaidy, Norah Lofts, Hilda Lewis and Rosemary Hawley Jarman. Current favourite historical fiction authors include Bernard Cornwell (whose Warlord Chronicles are simply fantastic), Margaret George, Elizabeth Chadwick and the many others writing today.
My first novel, The Queen’s Favourite, took me a very long time to write (15 years) but I now thankfully write a lot faster, so I hope you can expect to see many more of my books, spanning different time periods, on this website very soon.