Welcome to my author website.
The Myrtle Wand is my latest release, my 15th novel, and is a retelling and reimagining and continuation of the famous ballet Giselle, relocated to 17th century France and the court of Louis XIV. Reviews have been truly gratifying! Writing it was a chance to explore some familiar areas of France, and returned me to the 17th century (which I explored in A Pledge of Better Times,) set in the court of William and Mary in England.
It follows The Limits of Limelight, featuring Phyllis Fraser (whose first cousin was Ginger Rogers), and Beautiful Invention: A Novel of Hedy Lamarr, both of which are populated with notable figures of Golden Age Hollywood and elsewhere.
My current project, a return to biographical fiction, takes me back to the theatrical realm of 18th century England. And I've also ventured into contemporary fiction, which I've always wanted to do.
I'm a lifelong reader of historical fiction, and thus far all my published novels have been set in the past. As historian, I enjoy discovering ways in which our forbears and their culture seem similar--and yet so different--to those of us privileged to live in modern times. I regard fiction set in the past as entertainment, while being very much aware that it can simultaneously inform and enlighten.
I often have a close personal connection to the people whose stories I tell. In some cases there's a genealogical tie. Or we might share a profession (theatre, writing, film) or a favorite pastime (gardening, music). Unlike my royal characters, I've not ruled a country--and I don't want to, either! But I've had experience in governing and public service.
Because I truly enjoy researching my novels, I go to great lengths--and distances--to bring my subjects and their world to life. This website is a place to share some of what I learn in the process.
Enjoy your stay!
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