|Location||Southern Highlands, New South Wales, Australia|
|Introduction||I write sensual historical romance where heroes meet their match in feisty heroines. Add a dash of adventure, a murder or two, a mystery or intrigue. What better time to set them than the Georgian, Regency and the late Victorian period on the brink of the 20th Century. The Regency was a time of both opulence and abject poverty. Of economic and social change: the Napoleonic wars, the power struggle for the Americas, and the Industrial revolution when people began to desert the country for the cities. Celebrity Lord Byron wrote dark romantic poetry, and Beau Brummell defined and shaped fashion into a period of simplistic elegance. Men abandoned brocades and lace for linen trousers, overcoats with breeches and boots, and women abandoned corsets for high wasted, thin gauzy dresses. A spend-thrift aesthete known for his scandalous affairs, George IV, the Prince of Wales was made Regent in 1811 after his father was declared too mad to rein. Prinny presided over the elegant society of the ton, the so called Upper Ten Thousand, who defined themselves by an incredibly formal etiquette code which set them apart from the rising middle class.|
|Interests||Curled up reading by the fire with my husband and our cat. Politics and current affairs, swimming, old movies and new ones that capture a sense of place with great characters, concerts and theatre, travelling, with a wishlist for Scotland, New York, Boston and Canada.|
|Favorite Movies||Shutter Island, love Leonardo DiCaprio, Alice in Wonderland with the fabulous Johnny Depp, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, they capture the Regency era so delightfully, The Producers and anything by Mel Brookes for a good belly laugh, The Bourne Conspiracy and the Day of the Jackal, a superb thriller with a formidable villain, The Maltese Falcon because of Bogart, also The Big Sleep, but not for the plot - who can unravel it? Gone with the Wind - a great love story - wish Margaret Mitchell had written that sequel, Double Jeopardy, a superb film noir, a film genre I love. I must mention The Soprano's for nail biting TV. And Mad Men with Jonn Hamm for a fascinating look at the 1960's New York Ad world. Alfred Hitchcock of course, especially Notorious for that kiss!|
|Favorite Music||The Boss. Jamie Cullum Catching Tales, Bach - particularly Sheep May Safely Graze.|
|Favorite Books||All of Georgette Heyer's, Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, Wilkie Collins's, Woman in White. Great contemporary writers of Regency novels Eloisa James, Stephanie Laurens, Julia Quinn, Tasha Alexander and Deanna Raybourn. The Scarlet Pimpernel.Romantic suspense and crime from Minette Walters, Frances Fyfield, Robert Goddard, Sue Grafton, Nicci French, Le Carre, and Henning Mankell.|
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