I’m delighted by the way The King’s Falcon has been received by existing readers and new ones alike – and a special ‘thank you’ to anyone who took the trouble to post a review.
All three books in the Roundheads & Cavaliers series have separate stories but, for everything to make complete sense, they’re best read in the right order. If you haven’t read any of them, start with The Black Madonna, followed by Garland of Straw and finally The King’s Falcon. A Splendid Defiance, being the story of Justin Ambrose, is loosely connected to both Madonna and Garland but is actually a stand-alone novel.
Recently, I’ve taken a break from the Civil War to write a third novel in the Rockliffe series. The idea for The Player was born whilst I was working on the digital edition of The Mesalliance. As well as realising that I’d like to meet Rockliffe again, I wanted to write the story of L’Inconnu; the actor Rock sees on-stage in Paris and thinks he recognises. I wondered what had driven that man from England … who he’d become during ten years of exile … and how he would cope when circumstances forced him home again. As ever, I like to give myself a challenge and writing a hero who prefers acting a role to being himself was no exception. I hope you enjoy the result as much as I enjoyed creating it. And my favourite moment in the book? Probably the day Adrian and Caroline meet Mr Bailes, the gardener.
The good news for the many readers who have asked is that my next project is the long-awaited novel featuring Eden Maxwell. This will not be available any time soon but I’ll try to keep the wait down to less than twenty years! Unless the book takes an unexpected turn (always a possibility), I’ll be calling it Lords of Misrule.
So what do I do when I’m not writing – which is most of the time, actually. Inevitably, I read a lot. I enjoy dancing, amateur dramatics and travel, both abroad and in the United Kingdom. My husband and I moved to the lovely medieval town of Sandwich in Kent a year ago and are enjoying getting involved in the local community. I volunteer in the Guildhall Museum half a day each week and really enjoy meeting new people – visitors and locals, alike.
I also enjoy hearing from readers – so please drop by for a chat whenever you please. You’ll always get a reply.