Charlotte Betts is a multi-award-winning author of ten romantic historical novels published by Piatkus. Her books are set in various eras between the Restoration and the Great War and she draws inspiration from the stories of strong women at turning points in history. Careful historical research enriches her writing with an evocative sense of time and place. The third volume of the Spindrift Trilogy, set in an artists’ community in Cornwall at the beginning of the twentieth century was published in January 2022 and Charlotte’s current work in progress is the first of three books set in Italy after the Great War.
A member of The Romantic Novelists’ Association, The Society of Authors and The Historical Novel Society, Charlotte loves to share her knowledge and has given talks and workshops on writing, both at conferences and to smaller groups.
Charlotte lives on the Hampshire/Berkshire borders in a C17th cottage in the woods. A daydreamer and a bookworm, she enjoyed careers in fashion, interior design and property before discovering her passion for writing historical novels.
The Apothecary’s Daughter (Piatkus 2011) won the YouWriteOn Adult Book of the Year Award 2010, the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award 2011 and the RoNA’s Historical Category award for 2013. The sequel, The Painter’s Apprentice (2012) was shortlisted for the Festival of Romance’s Best Historical Read Award. The Spice Merchant’s Wife (2013) won the Festival of Romance’s Best Historical Read Award. The Chateau on the Lake was published in 2014 and The House in Quill Court in 2016. The Dressmaker’s Secret followed in May 2017. The Palace of Lost Dreams was shortlisted for the RoNA’s in 2019. The Fading of the Light was shortlisted for the RoNAs in 2022.
Vivaldi and Violets was published in the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Fiftieth Anniversary Anthology, Loves Me, Loves Me Not in 2009.