I’m an author and I write books for both adults and younger readers.
The Betsy Brand Mysteries feature a Restoration actress-turned-spy, operating in the turbulent years following the Great Fire of London.
The Elizabethan Mysteries, published by Usborne, are set in Tudor times and feature Ben Button, a boy actor in the lively – and sometimes murky – world of the Elizabethan Theatre.
And for the historical background to these books, here’s a free illustrated Download, Ben Button and the World of the Elizabethan Theatre.
NEWS AND EVENTS
The new Marbeck series, set in the early 1600s and featuring a spy or 'intelligencer', is going well. The first book, Marbeck and the Double-Dealer (published in December by Severn House) has earned star reviews, Booklist describing it as 'a 17th century James Bond' and 'a gripping, entertaining page-turner'. It's now published in the USA, and in ebook on both sides of the Atlantic.
Book 2, Marbeck and the King-in-Waiting, will follow in July, and I'm already at work on Book 3.
Otherwise I'm busily engaged two days a week as a Writing Fellow at the University of Bristol. The work - helping students with their writing - is both challenging and highly enjoyable. More later...