Caroline Rance

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Introduction I loved making up stories when I was little... then at the age of 16 I decided I wanted to “be a writer,” and things rapidly went downhill from there. After producing a lot of angsty and embarrassing gothic poetry (now mostly destroyed for the benefit of posterity), I turned to novels. Unlike many writers, who have lots of abandoned great novels under their beds, I have lots of abandoned rubbish first chapters. In 2004 I decided I was going to finish a book no matter what, so I went back to an earlier attempt and developed it into “Kill-Grief,” a historical novel set in a 1750s hospital. It was published in April 2009. I'm now writing a second novel, provisionally titled “For the Love of Freaks,” about a small-time sideshow exhibitor in Victorian Liverpool. My book website is but I'm probably better known for - my blog about the peculiar history of patent medicines.
Interests Horses, books, Celtic art, history, swing dancing, sleeping
Favorite Books Nightmare Abbey - Thomas Love Peacock, The Unburied – Charles Palliser, The Needle in the Blood - Sarah Bower, Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë, Fingersmith – Sarah Waters, Thursbitch – Alan Garner, A Walk in the Woods – Bill Bryson, Lake Wobegon Summer 1956 – Garrison Keillor, The Greatest Benefit to Mankind – Roy Porter, Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell, 1066 and all that - Sellars & Yeatman, The Miseries of Human Life – James Beresford, The Aberystwyth series – Malcolm Pryce, Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton, Fup – Jim Dodge, The Sooterkin – Tom Gilling