Launching a new book title is always an exciting time, fraught with possibilities of doom and failure. Kindred and Affinity is my eighth title, and I’m altogether too relaxed about it. The fact is that readers who like my books will probably try it, and those who don’t know my writing probably won’t. It’s a … More New release! Kindred and Affinity is out today.
Well, actually, more than two halves if that makes any sense, but I’m talking about the artistic me, and the fact that I’m split between my two loves, writing and painting. Having completed my latest work of historical fiction, Kindred and Affinity, a romance – I swore I’d never write romance – inspired by my … More A woman of two halves.
Having spent the last seven months immersed in 19th century England and the loves and trials of my forebears, I emerged from the first edit to discover the kitchen is spattered in grease, everywhere needs vacuuming, the dog needs grooming, and the garden needs weeding. Now, I’m not saying I haven’t done anything but write … More Kindred and Affinity – First edit done – A sneak peek.
My husband can’t see the need. He rightly makes the point that there are differences between men and women that will always define certain roles – men are stronger and more gung ho, and women are more cautious and have more patience (sometimes) – but he also believes that ‘the best person for the job’ … More International Women’s Day 2019 – Why celebrate? #PaintItPurple
A work in progress – a tale of forbidden love. A devout young widower must defy his church and the state to marry the woman he loves and prevent his two children growing up motherless. In 1891, marrying your dead wife’s sister was forbidden according to the laws of Kindred and Affinity as laid down … More Kindred and Affinity
The more research I do for my novels, the more respect I gain for the humble people about whom I write. They weren’t rich, indeed most struggled to put food in their children’s mouths and clothes over their backs, but they did it under the most difficult circumstances in a time when working like a … More My respect for these people grows