Just a few days ago, I emailed my second book, Once Upon A Scandal, to my publishers. To quote my husband, upon its completion, “Does that mean you’re going to go to the grocery store?”
Writing on deadline is really hard! My exercise routine went out the window, I ate everything in sight, and the diet coke distributor in my area must wonder why sales have doubled.
But it’s done, and I’m so excited to see what people think. It’s the story of Jane Fitzsimmons and Benjamin, Lord Marworth, and they go on quite a ride, I must say. It will be published on June 22nd, 2015.
For now, though, I’m returning to Annabelle and Alec’s world. Readers might not know that most of the characters and locations in my first book are real. The people, of course, have passed on, but the places still exist.
Arbury Hall in Nuneaton, Alec Carstairs’s country estate, is currently the home of Lord and Lady Daventry, and I’m thrilled that a copy of my book was requested for the library there. The acclaimed author, George Eliot, was born in 1819 on one of the estate’s farms, and she immortalized the Hall as Cheverel Manor in “Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story,” one of the short stories in her first published fictional work, “Scenes of A Clerical Life.” The Hall was also the setting for the film, “Angels and Insects,” a 1995 Victorian-era romance.
Which by the way, I am ordering on Netflix tonight, now that I have a little time on my hands!
All the best,