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The Chateau on the Lake – The Inspiration behind the story

What inspired me to write The Chateau on the Lake? I began with the vague thought that it would be interesting to write a love story set at the time of the French Revolution. I didn’t know much about it then but everyone knows that the starving poor rebelled against the greedy aristocrats and beheaded Louis XVI, don’t they? Except that, once I started to research, I quickly discovered that it wasn’t as straightforward as that.

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The Chateau on the Lake Blog Tour

  The Chateau on the Lake has been on a blog tour and I’m absolutely delighted by the fantastic response. Many thanks to all those who took the time to read the book and to post such enthusiastic reviews. You

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‘My Writing Process’ Blog Hop

I’m always interested to discover how other authors go about writing their novels so I was delighted when historical novelist, Jenny Barden, invited me to join her on this blog tour to describe how my writing process works for me.

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Posted in Q and A, The Apothecary's Daughter, The Chateau on the Lake, Writing Tips

Meet My Main Character – Madeleine Moreau

This  post is part of a series started by Debra Brown and passed to me by Deborah Swift who used to work in the theatre as a set and costume designer.She is the author of three novels set in the 17th century, The

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Saggy Middle

Surprisingly I’m not writing about the dreaded saggy middle that creeps up on writers from eating too many slices of hot-buttered toast while waiting for the muse. No, the saggy middle I’m referring to is the one that becomes apparent

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What Next?

I can hardly believe that I have at last sent the final draft of The Spice Merchant’s Wife to my publisher, Piatkus. It’s been a long slog and although I’m passionate about my writing, it’s hard to fit it in around

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Christmas in 1687

Christmas is nearly upon us and I’m busy making mince pies, wrapping presents and looking forward to a glass of mulled wine by the fireside. If you’re feeling Christmassy and have a moment to relax with a glass of mulled

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Posted in Seventeenth Century Life, The Painter's Apprentice

Waterstones – Staines Staff Recommendation

The Apothecary’s Daughter is on the Staff Recommendation Table in Waterstones in Staines. I’m so thrilled! Hmm. ‘Dark, dangerous and addictive.’  I rather like that. Tweet

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My Writing Room

Take a look at the Novelicious website for a post about the places where I write.  This photograph shows the orangery where I write in the winter months when it’s too cold to use my studio in the garden. http://www.novelicious.com/my-writing-room/ There

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Reading Group Questions – The Apothecary’s Daughter

Here are some suggestions for Reading Group discussions for The Apothecary’s Daughter What is the central theme of the book and how did it resonate with you? Who is your favourite/least favourite character and how real did they feel to

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Charlotte Betts Always a bookworm, Charlotte discovered her passion for writing after her three children and two step-children had grown up. She lives with her husband in a cottage in the woods on the borders of Hampshire and Berkshire.

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