I was bought up in a pub in a small market town called, Lutterworth. For as long as I can remember, my dream was to be an actress and a writer. The pub was a great place for an aspiring actress and writer to live, there were so many characters to study and accents to learn. I was offered Crossroads the first time around, but my mother wanted me to have a ‘proper’ job that I could fall back on if I had to, so I did a hairdressing apprenticeship. Eight years later, aged twenty-four, I gave up a successful salon and wig-hire business for a place at East 15 Drama College and a career as an actress, working in Repertory theatre, the West End, film and television.
In 1990 I gave up acting for love and ten years later love gave me up for someone half my age. However, by then I had taught myself to touch type, completed a two-year correspondence course with The Writer’s Bureau, and was writing articles and presenting radio.
In 2010, after living in London for thirty-six years, I moved back to Lutterworth. I swapped two window boxes and a mortgage for a garden and the freedom to write – and I love it.
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Writing Magazine featured my first novel, Foxden Acres, in 2012
CHASING GHOSTS – A STAND-ALONE SEQUEL TO CHINA BLUE
FOXDEN HOTEL – A STAND-ALONE SEQUEL TO FOXDEN ACRES
THE 9:45 TO BLETCHLEY
5.0 out of 5 stars “A thrilling adventure”
3 December 2018 Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
My favourite of the Dudley Sisters sagas was China Blue about the SOE operations during WWII and to my delight, this novel continues the story of Claire and Mitch in the years following. To say that it has a corker of a plot is an understatement. After having been on a trip to Canada for Mitch to receive treatment for what was then known as shell shock (now known as PTSD), Mitch disappears moments before they are due to leave for England. Claire suspects that Mitch has been having an affair with someone called Simone, whose name he has been calling out in his sleep so decides to try and find him, a trip which involves returning to France. What follows turns out to be a corker of a plot with a dramatic ending.
Thank you for organising a fantastic Blog Tour, Rachel. The bloggers who featured and reviewed Chasing Ghosts on their amazing Blogs were intuitive, perceptive, and honest. This was my first Blog Tour; it will not be my last. From my initial enquiry to the last day of the tour – and for several days afterwards – you were there for me, responding instantly to every question I asked. It was a great experience encouraging a rise in sales. I highly recommend Rachel’s Random Resources to anyone who is thinking about a Blog Tour.
Thank you for the great review of Chasing Ghosts, Heartshaped Bluestocking. You understood the characters and what I, the writer, was trying to say through them. It’s exciting when a reader gets ‘it.’
Here’s a snippet of the review.
“The development of the story and the central characters is superb. While I found some of the detail a little extraneous, it was easy to overlook as the author’s research is meticulous. She writes with great style and certainly brings both periods of history to life. She builds the tension and drama step by step, and at various times you are relaxed and enjoying the pace and others it’s an edge-of-the-seat ride to get to the end of that particular episode of excitement.
The vivid descriptions and the haunting narrative pull at the heart. It is achingly painful in places. The fast-paced ending had me holding my breath and turning the pages as fast as possible. If you don’t read any of the others, do read this one. It is a fantastic novel and may well make it on to my Books of the Year. I highly recommend it to you.
PS: and while we should never judge a book by its cover – I really love this one!”
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A snippet from the review.
“And her superiors and his have forgotten that Claire is no ordinary war bride. She’s a seasoned undercover agent who operated directly under the eyes of the Nazis in occupied France.
This is an engrossing, complex story, with enough backstory to add to the interest without being confusing. Claire is a woman of her time, but with a strength and character women were usually not recognized as having, even though that strength and character had been needed in many women, certainly during the war. We also get to meet Mitch’s family, Claire’s family, and their Resistance comrades in France.
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