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  • From The BlogPosted: June 17, 2016

    Singing for your supper

    I’m writing a scene set in a London merchant’s house, where the family and guests are gathered after supper to entertain themselves. As so often, I’ve gone back to Claudius Hollyband’s Dialogues, reproduced in The Elizabethan […]

  • From The BlogPosted: May 17, 2016

    Elizabethan pop

    I’m writing a new book, this one set entirely in the past, and intended to be a historical psychological thriller (must think of a snappier term!), and like all new books, this one necessitates a whole […]

  • From The BlogPosted: April 13, 2016

    Will the real House of Shadows please stand up …

    One of the joys of writing fiction is being able to take inspiration from various sources and put them all together exactly as you want. The exterior of Askerby Hall, the House of Shadows, is […]

  • From The BlogPosted: February 25, 2016

    Tudor dolls, lack of

    I had four dolls when I was a little girl: Prudence (knitted by my aunt), Baby (my favourite), Rosemary, who came in a box dressed as a bride for my fifth Christmas and was the […]

  • From The BlogPosted: February 12, 2016

    House of Shadows in paperback

    Take a look at the new cover for the paperback version of House of Shadows (on the left), which will be published on 24 March 2016.  The paperback cover is very different from the hardback: which […]

  • From The BlogPosted: January 24, 2016

    Feng shui and an (almost) fresh start

    I fully intended to make a fresh start at the beginning of year, but here we are in the fourth week of January and I am still trying to clear my decks of various projects […]

  • From News & EventsPosted: November 20, 2015

    House of Shadows – coming very soon!

    My latest book, House of Shadows, will be released in hardback and as an e-book on 3rd December 2015.   When Kate Vavasour wakes in hospital, she can remember nothing about the family gathered around […]

  • From The BlogPosted: October 27, 2015

    Cotehele and House of Shadows

    Last August, we were staying at a hotel in Devon when a fellow guest mentioned that Cotehele was just over the border in Cornwall.  Had we seen it? To my shame, I had never heard […]