Combining humour, emotion, great characters, engaging plots and historical detail, I write Regency-set novels and short stories that appeal to a wide range of readers.

I live in a village in the heart of England and write romance whenever I can sneak away to my desk.  I am a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Assocation and the Historical Novel Society.

I writes for people like me, who just need a little escape from the stresses of daily life.

 

Five interesting things about me:

  1. I have been a school governor for eight years.
  2. I’m a fan of the rock band AC/DC.
  3. I have a shorthand speed of 140 words per minute.
  4. Even though they’re harmless, I’m scared of woodlice.
  5. As well as Regency prints and books, I collect Kipling handbags and quirky or interesting teapots.

Quick fire question round:

Tea or coffee:
Tea.

Favourite drink:
Winter – damson gin, Summer – Pimm’s No. 1 cup.

Favourite colour:
Blue.

Favourite dish:
Oh, tough one!  I’d have to go for  Delia Smith’s Chicken with sherry vinegar and tarragon sauce or Chicken Tikka Jalfrezi.

Favouite dessert:
Cheesecake and anything with custard.

Favourite chocolate:
Lindor, Thornton’s Viennese Truffles or Hotel Chocolat Just Truffles.

Best Quality:
Kindness.

Worst defect:
Leaving things in the wrong place and not being able to find them afterwards.

Favourite literary hero:
Sir Waldo Hawkridge from The Nonesuch.

Manuscripts – longhand or type?:
Type.

Best ideas come when I’m:
Lying in a warm bubble bath, visiting historic houses or people watching.

Planner or seat-of-the-pants writer:
Bit of both.

My family think my writing:
Keeps me out of trouble.

Favourite writing snack:
Chocolate for inspiration, grapes for the waistline!

Fantasy dinner party guests:
Jane Austen, Duke of Wellington, Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins, Sir David Attenborough, George Bryan (Beau) Brummell, Maria Fitzherbert,  Georgette Heyer, Leonardo da Vinci, William Shakespeare, Stephen Fry, P.G. Wodehouse, Spike Milligan … how many more can I have?  Music provided by George Frederic Handel and AC/DC.

 

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