Meticulously researched and elegantly crafted, The Secret Diary of a Princess is my first novel and was born from a desire to tell the story of Marie Antoinette from an unusual and yet still fascinating angle, focusing on her early life at the Viennese court, the machinations behind her betrothal to the Dauphin Louis and then finally her initial impressions of her new home, Versailles. All told by Marie Antoinette herself as she grows from an enchanting, wilful child into a poised and beautiful young woman.
Marie Antoinette, Krantzinger, 1771. Photo: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.
It seems like a million years have passed since I made my first foray into self publishing with The Secret Diary of a Princess, a novel about the early life of Marie Antoinette. I wrote the book as a means of distracting myself from a hideous and almost debilitating bout of post natal depression after the birth of my youngest son and it was never meant to be anything more than a frivolous froth of a book. I do laugh rather a lot when I look at it and see how vastly different my style is now but its popularity endures nonetheless.
Set against the infamous Jack the Ripper murders of autumn 1888 and based on the author’s own family history, From Whitechapel is a dark and sumptuous tale of bittersweet love, friendship, loss and redemption and is available NOW from Amazon UK, Amazon US and Burning Eye.
‘Frothy, light hearted, gorgeous. The perfect summer read.’ Minette, my young adult novel of 17th century posh doom and intrigue is available from Amazon UK and Amazon US and is CHEAP AS CHIPS as we like to say in dear old Blighty.