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I was born in Leicester and grew up in Nottingham with my father. He was a wonderful man; a mathematician whose health never really recovered after being gassed in the First World War. He introduced me to a great many things. He taught me chess, cards, and painting, and had me reading Dickens and Thackeray by the age of ten. My great loves at school were History, English, and Art; I found it difficult to decide whether I wanted to become the world’s greatest novelist or the world’s greatest painter!
After finishing school, I worked as a research librarian and studied for my library exams after work. I spent many happy days among old works and papers, and it’s with affection I recall working with the Byron collection at Newstead Abbey. The fact that I had actually handled Byron’s letters and possessions stood me in good stead when I began writing Regency romances!
I met my future husband while working in the reference library. He was also a librarian, and he returned to complete his fellowship after he was demobilised from the RAF. We were studying the same texts and decided to work together. The result was that he got his fellowship – and I got him!
We have three children, and when our youngest started school I returned to work, starting up a new career as a part-time lecturer in English and general studies. After four years of teaching, it became necessary for me to gain a degree, and so I did just that. I enrolled in the Open University and spent the next four years earning a first class honours BA in History.
After retiring, I took up painting again, though it was whilst we were on holiday in Arizona that I was finally urged to write the book I had been threatening to write since I was a child.
I get great pleasure from writing historical romances where I can utilise my historical knowledge. I have lectured on everything in English history from the Civil War onwards, as well as U.S. and Russian history, 1760-1980, and the psychology of war and revolution. My husband and I have spent our holidays travelling the world, from the Arctic Circle, Scandinavia and Russia, around Europe, to the U.S.A. and New Zealand. I find that nearly all of the romance novels I write draw upon this wealth of knowledge.