The King’s Jaunt

My current work-in-progress is set in Edinburgh in 1822, during the historic royal visit of King George IV, which happily has necessitated a couple of research trips to one of my favourite cities. A combination of circumstances brought the king to Scotland, not least a stand off between his current (and apparently last) mistress, Lady […]

What I’ve Been Reading – A Kate Atkinson Special!

In eager anticipation of Kate Atkinson’s long awaited new Jackson Brodie book, I’ve been binge-reading her backlist and as a result, she has now firmly established herself as my favourite author ever. Behind the Scenes at the Museum is her first book, and the first of hers that I encountered (this is about my fifth […]

Paris – On Foot and on the Page

The opening scene of my 50th book, A Wife Worth Investing In, is set in Paris where Phoebe, a wannabe chef, meets Owen, the man who (unbeknownst to either of them) she will marry two years later. Their paths cross in the Procope Café, which is a real place in St Germain on the Left […]

Oh Sister, Where Art Thou?

Wannabe writers are forever being advised to “write about what you know, write from experience”. As the eldest of four very confident and opinionated sisters (and three brothers too), it’s therefore not altogether surprising that I’ve written a lot of sisters into my books. Looking back over the last ten years and fifty books (50!!!!) […]

A Cornish Love Affair

When Bronwyn Scott and I were asked to collaborate on another Christmas duet, due for release in time for the 2019 festive period, we were delighted to accept. We had huge fun working on the Brockmore stories, creating a country house world with shared characters, and so couldn’t wait to repeat the experience utilising a […]