I am excited to announce that Wedding Bells by The Creek – the fifth book in my Coorah Creek series, is a finalist in the Aspen Gold Readers Choice Award, presented by the Heart of Denver chapter of Romance Writers of America. So very very thrilled. There are more details here.
My father taught me to love books when I was just a child, a lifelong passion that includes writing them as well as reading them. I started scribbling short stories (mostly about ponies) at school, an those scribbles slowly led me to the best job a person could ever have – being a writer.
My latest release is a fairy tale romance: a Cinderella story featuring a handsome prince and an unusual heroine. It is easy enough to fall in love with a prince – but what happens next? It’s a bit of a change from my usual Australian set novels, but Marrying The Rebel Prince was such fun to write, and isn’t the cover just a dream? You can read more here.
I also write as Juliet Bell – in collaboration with my writer friend Alison May. Juliet Bell has a preoccupation with misunderstood classic fiction, and stories that explore the darker side of relationships. Juliet’s latest book is The Other Wife – our tribute to Jane Eyre. You can read more about it here.
I love writing books about the Australian outback, and have been touched by the amazing response from readers to my Coorah Creek books. It’s a series of novels set in a small town in outback Australia. The town is fictional, but it’s very real to me and to my readers. The series has won a number of awards, including the Epic Romantic Novel of the Year in the UK, Two Book Buyers best Awards and the Aspen Gold Readers’ Choice award in the USA.
There’s a lot more on my website – more books and some free short stories to read. While you’re here, please have a click around. There are musings on the blog, and details of my tutoring and manuscript appraisal services for writers.
Do come back soon.
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My relationship with Jane Eyre goes back to 1943. No – I’m not that old. That’s when the black and white film of the book, starring Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine was released. I saw it many years later – and the part that really moved me was the time young Jane spent at the Lowood Institution – and the tragic death of Helen, played by a very young and angelic Elizabeth Taylor.
When my collaborator Alison May and I set out to write our second Bronte-inspired book as Juliet Bell – it had to be Jane Eyre. And I had to write that section of the story.
We moved the book in time and place and The Other Wife is set in Australia in the late 1900s. Continue reading