Although for a while I was better known for my historical fiction, I am currently contracted to write a series of historical biographies for Pen and Sword. So far, I have written books about Marie de Guise, Henrietta Anne of England and Margaret Tudor, while my latest book, published in June 2020, explores the complicated and fascinating relationship between Queen Victoria, her daughter Princess Alice and granddaughter Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia. It was an absolute joy to research and write as it involved spending a lot of time immersed in Victoria’s fascinating journals (an amazing resource for any historian of the 19th century) and visiting beautiful Osborne House on the Isle of Wight.
I’m currently hard at work on three books about different aspects of the French Revolution. I’ve been thoroughly fascinated, if not absolutely obsessed, with the French Revolution ever since I was a child and after spending well over a decade researching the lives of several of the women who died on the scaffold during that turbulent time, I am absolutely thrilled to finally be able to share some of their stories with you in an upcoming book, which is due to be published in late 2023. I’m also working on a biography of Madame Élisabeth, youngest sister of Louis XVI, which is due to be published in the summer of 2023, as well as a book about Louis-Antoine de Saint-Just, the right hand man of Robespierre, which should be making an appearance in 2024.
Future projects include books about Louis XIV’s daughters, Madame Royale, Louis XVI and last but not least, Marie Antoinette. All of which should keep me very busy for quite some time to come.
When I am not writing, I am editing other people’s books, being harassed by my cats, translating 18th century French memoirs and letters, palacing, drinking the blood of my enemies and making boys cry.