Armstrong Family Tree, With all It’s Offshoots!

When I first dreamed up the Armstrong family for INNOCENT IN THE SHEIKH’S HAREM, I had no idea that they would still be popping up in my books more than twelve years later. I invented a self-serving, extremely vain patriarch in Lord Henry Armstrong, a bit of a pantomime baddy, and I made Celia, my …

Writing Close to Home

LADY ARMSTRONG’S SCANDALOUS AWAKENING is out now. This is the second book in the REVELATIONS OF THE ARMSTRONG SISTERS mini-series, set in the mid-Victorian period. Mercy, my heroine, is a widow set on kicking over the traces and Jack Dalmuir, a self-made Glaswegian engineer, is more than happy to step in to help her. Ships, …

Family Matters

I have just finished writing the second of my REVELATIONS OF THE CARSTAIRS SISTERS duet. The first book, THE EARL WHO SEES HER BEAUTY, is out now and was, I’m thrilled to say, the first pick for the new Duchess of York’s Historical Book Club. The heroine Prudence’s scarred face has made her a recluse. …

Lockdown Victorian Style

One of my favourite aspects of writing is the world-building component. I love to create a setting that feels completely real to me, one that I can inhabit, breathe, experience alongside my characters. Even when the world I’m writing about is wholly invented, there are always parts of the landscape that have their origins in …

Coming Soon in Italy

2 ROMANZI IN 1, 20 DICEMBRE 2019 IL PRINCIPE DEL DESERTO Sposata da pochi mesi con un diplomatico inglese, Lady Celia Cleveden lo accompagna in un’importante missione nel Regno di A’Qadiz, in Arabia. Inaspettatamente, durante il viaggio la loro carovana viene assalita dai predoni e la giovane, rimasta sola tra le sabbie infuocate del deserto, …

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!!!!) …

Seconds Out, Round Two!

I adore creating secondary characters to populate my books and provide a bit of light relief and added colour. So much so that I have to work extremely hard not to let my cameo roles take centre stage. Time after time, I get carried away with an utterly (to me, at any rate!) fascinating but …

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