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.
I enjoyed writing Falcon – mostly, I think, because the nature of the historical background gave me the chance to write a little more freely. This, in turn, has allowed some of the new characters to evolve in a way I neither planned nor expected. I love it when characters begin to write their own script because I can never be quite sure exactly where we’re all going. As you may imagine, all my major characters are like old friends. Ashley Peverell has been living in the house for months now. Others like Justin Ambrose and Eden Maxwell have been with us for years. This, for me, is what makes writing fun.
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 is loosely connected to both Madonna and Garland but is actually a stand-alone novel.
Having taken a break from the Civil War to write The Player (Rockliffe #3), the good news 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 – salsa and belly-dancing, mostly; and I’ve had a lot of fun over the years out of amateur dramatics – my favourite role ever probably being Miss Adelaide in Guys & Dolls. My husband and I also travel a lot, both abroad and in the United Kingdom. Recently, we moved from Shropshire to the lovely medieval town of Sandwich in Kent 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.